The state of Indiana must continue to provide federal pandemic-related unemployment benefits for about 230,000 Hoosiers after a Marion County judge decided Friday to temporarily interrupt Gov. Eric Holcomb’s order to cease such benefits.
According to the IndyStar, Judge John Hanley’s decision to suspend the order will be in effect until a lawsuit, also confronting Holcomb’s order, reaches a final decision.
The benefits are part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, better known as the CARES Act, and are allowed to continue until Sept. 9, according to the IndyStar.
Holcomb planned to end such federal unemployment programs June 19 because of labor shortages, according to the IndyStar and he hoped ending federal benefits would help bring people back to work.
However, Indiana law firms told CNN that Holcomb’s order is against the state law which requires the state to obtain all available federal insurance benefits.