Jobless people in Indiana and Maryland will get federal unemployment benefits again.
That’s a result of lawsuits filed after both states said they were discontinuing enhanced unemployment benefits offered up during the COVID-19 pandemic, which left millions of Americans out of work.
The Court of Appeals of Indiana has ordered the state to pay unemployment benefits, while the case winds its way through the legal system. In Maryland, a judge will decide how to handle a court order that continues the enhanced benefits for residents, but meanwhile, unemployment benefits are back in place there until mid-August.
Approximately two dozen have cut the federal benefits, though residents of some of them are fighting back with lawsuits.
Oklahoma, Ohio, and Texas have legal actions pending.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act enables states to provide unemployment insurance for people who are jobless due to the pandemic as well as some types of workers who normally wouldn’t be eligible to collect unemployment.