Oklahoma Supreme Court Rules state must reinstate extra unemployment benefits

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Updated: OK Supreme Court lets state continue unemployment case appeal
Dale Denwalt
Oklahoman



The Oklahoma Supreme Court will let the state continue its appeal of a lower court ruling that ordered it to reinstate pandemic unemployment benefits.

In brief rulings issued Tuesday, the Oklahoma Supreme Court said the state could continue arguing why it shouldn't have to reengage several federal programs, including a $300-per-week payment created to help people during the coronavirus pandemic.

Unemployed Oklahomans are suing the state, alleging Gov. Kevin Stitt and the OESC improperly terminated benefits before they are scheduled to naturally expire in September.

In a district court case, the judge said Oklahoma must continue offering those benefits until he can decide whether the state violated the law. That ruling will be appealed formally to the Supreme Court. Justices also granted the state's request to stay the lower court's ruling.


Along with the $300 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation payments, people could receive Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), which extended unemployment benefits beyond the traditional 26-week cutoff, and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), which provided benefits to workers who don't otherwise qualify, like self-employed and gig workers.

This is a developing story. An earlier version mistakenly reported that the Oklahoma Supreme Court sided with the unemployed plaintiffs who are suing the state.
 

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Updated: OK Supreme Court lets state continue unemployment case appeal
Dale Denwalt
Oklahoman



The Oklahoma Supreme Court will let the state continue its appeal of a lower court ruling that ordered it to reinstate pandemic unemployment benefits.

In brief rulings issued Tuesday, the Oklahoma Supreme Court said the state could continue arguing why it shouldn't have to reengage several federal programs, including a $300-per-week payment created to help people during the coronavirus pandemic.

Unemployed Oklahomans are suing the state, alleging Gov. Kevin Stitt and the OESC improperly terminated benefits before they are scheduled to naturally expire in September.

In a district court case, the judge said Oklahoma must continue offering those benefits until he can decide whether the state violated the law. That ruling will be appealed formally to the Supreme Court. Justices also granted the state's request to stay the lower court's ruling.
Along with the $300 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation payments, people could receive Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), which extended unemployment benefits beyond the traditional 26-week cutoff, and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), which provided benefits to workers who don't otherwise qualify, like self-employed and gig workers.

This is a developing story. An earlier version mistakenly reported that the Oklahoma Supreme Court sided with the unemployed plaintiffs who are suing the state.
Thanks!! Seems The Oklahoman has deleted their original Tweet which was apparently incorrect.