Indiana Appeals court orders state to resume federal unemployment benefits

Date: July 15, 2021

$300 per week CARES payments to restart July 16


The Indiana Court of Appeals ordered the state to continue paying federal unemployment benefits while the decision by Governor Holcomb to end Indiana’s participation in the weekly $300 federal CARES money is decided in court.


In June, a Marion County judge ordered the state to temporarily continue the benefits. The state appealed the decision, but Monday’s ruling upholds the court’s injunction.


Monday’s ruling stated, “First, the Governor is not required to prove the basis for his economic and social policy. The people of Indiana have vested their elected office holders in the executive and legislative branches with the authority to make economic, social, and political policy choices.”


The state estimates that the payments will restart Friday, July 16.


It’s unclear if those receiving unemployment benefits will be back-paid for the missed federal benefits since Gov. Holcomb ended the federal unemployment payments June 19.


As reported in NFIB’s monthly jobs report, 46% of owners reported job openings that could not be filled, a decrease of two points from May but still historically high and above the 48-historical average of 22%. Small employers have plans to fill open positions, job creation plans over the next three months rose to a net 28%, up one point.


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