DeWine says $1.3 billion will be sent to Ohio employers this week

Posted at 3:23 PM, Oct 20, 2020

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Checks for Ohio’s public and private employers will be mailed starting this week, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday.

The checks—totaling around $1.3 billion— were approved by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) in September as a second dividend to ease the impact of COVID-19. Around 200,000 private and public employers will receive checks.

The action follows a similar dividend in April, where the average check size was $8,500. Of BWC’s $1.54 billion dividend in April, $1.35 billion went to private employers and $184 million went to local government taxing districts, such as counties, cities, townships and school districts, according to a release from BWC in September when the board approved DeWine's proposal.

Employers should check the mail for an envelope that contains the check. These checks will not be deposited directly into any bank accounts.

DeWine said Ohioans can anticipate additional programs that will use CARES Act funding to create a wide-ranging program to address funding for rent, mortgages and utility bills.

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