Unemployment Due to COVID-19
Governor DeWine issued an Executive Order that provides more flexibility under the Ohio unemployment benefits laws during the state of emergency caused by COVID-19. Unemployment benefits are now available to employees who are unable to work because they are isolated or quarantined and to those who are laid off due to a loss of production caused by COVID-19.
The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services published a Q&A resource guide informing Ohioans of unemployment insurance benefits and how to apply. Please click here to read the complete release.
TOP THINGS TO KNOW:
- Unemployment benefits will be available for eligible individuals who are requested by a medical professional, local health authority or employer to be isolated or quarantined as a consequence of COVID-19, even if the employee is not diagnosed with COVID-19.
- In most cases, an employee who is asymptomatic and imposes a self-quarantine, not at the request of a healthcare provider, will NOT be eligible for unemployment.
- The Executive Order waives the one-week waiting period for employees who are eligible for unemployment under the new standards.
- Employees laid off due to a lack of work caused by COVID-19 will be eligible for unemployment benefits.
- During the declared emergency, the charging requirements for a contributory employer will be mutualized. The charging requirements for a reimbursing employer will remain the same.
- ODJFS will waive penalties for late reporting and payments during the emergency.