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OESC Awaits Guidance from the US Department of Labor on New Federal Relief Payments

Monday, December 28, 2020

Agency Will Distribute Payments Once US DOL Releases Guidelines

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) received notice that President Trump signed the additional relief package on Sunday. Executive Director of OESC Shelley Zumwalt released the following statement: 

“OESC has been notified that the president signed the additional federal unemployment relief package, which will provide benefits for Oklahomans who are still in need of assistance. The agency is waiting for details from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), but will move as quickly as possible to distribute the funds once we receive their guidance. 

“At this point, we can advise claimants that they do not need to file a new UI or PUA claim if they have an existing one, even if their benefits exhausted earlier this year. However, we are still awaiting guidance and additional information about requirements from the U.S. DOL that will allow us to start work on updating our systems to pay out these new benefits.”