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COVID-19 Unemployment Insurance FAQs & Important Messages

The OESC Service Call Center is experiencing extremely high call volume and long wait times due to this unprecedented COVID-19 situation. We appreciate your patience. You can also file a claim on line quickly and access self-service features by clicking the “Claimant Access” link at Unemployment.ok.gov

$1,200 Incentive for New Employees

If you hire new employees between May 9 and Sept. 4, they may be eligible for a $1,200 incentive from the state of Oklahoma as part of the Governor's Back to Work Initiative. This incentive can be a useful tool for your immediate recruiting efforts.

Unemployment Insurance Provisions in CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act)

The CARES Act creates three new UI programs: Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. All three programs are fully federally funded.

What are the unemployment benefits available through the CARES Act?

Legal Aid helps with unemployment benefits, including appeals.

When You Lose Your Job

When you lose your job, you may be eligible for unemployment compensation. You should apply as soon as you become unemployed because your application will not be made retroactive beyond the week in which it is filed.

Oklahoma Find A Lawyer

As a community service, the OBA does provide a directory of its attorney members who have given their permission to have their names published in the Oklahoma Find A Lawyer directory at Oklahoma Find A Lawyer. There you can search by both geographic area or by a lawyer's practice area.

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