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Potential tax hike for employers & employees in Ohio unemployment fund proposal

In order to provide support for Ohio’s unemployment-compensation fund, lawmakers have proposed raising taxes for employers and employees. It’s a five-part proposal that would allow the fund to become solvent by 2025, and could allow more unemployed, low-wage workers to become eligible for benefits. The new proposal includes features such as a decline in employer tax Read More

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Ohio unemployment benefits could be reduced under proposed bill

Ohio lawmakers are pushing new legislation that would reduce unemployment benefits and enforce new eligibility requirements to help strengthen the state’s insolvent unemployment benefits system. The overhaul will increase the taxable wage base for employers and reduce workers’ eligibility for benefits. Zach Schiller, Research Director at Policy Matters Ohio said, “Slashing worker benefits and lowering Read More

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National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Questioning “No Personal Use” Email Policies

Big changes may be on the horizon in regards to personal use policies in the work place.  A recent blog post by HR Morning looked into the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) re-evaluation of policies that prohibit the personal use of company email, as well as restrictions on posting work related topics on social media. Read More

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How Will House Bill 37 Affect Your Unemployment Rate?

Effective October 21, 2013, Ohio employers may be penalized for not providing adequate and/or timely responses to requests regarding unemployment separation information.  Essentially, if a claim is allowed at the initial level and the employer provides additional information at the re-determination level that causes a decision reversal, penalties may occur. Employers will be given three Read More

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UI Office Consolidation Could Save Ohio More than $2 Million

In a news release dated 01/17/13 the ODJFS announced that they will be consolidating offices in an effort to save the state nearly $2 million annually. The old days of going to your local unemployment office and filing for a check each week are long gone. With access to the internet increasing, the state has Read More

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Unemployment Extensions and Assistance

The final Unemployment Extension deadline has passed! As of 01/12/13, no new claims for Extended Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits can be filed. These federally funded extensions were originally set to end on 12/31/12, but a last minute extension pushed that date out to 01/12/13. The extended time to file for EUC benefits did not add Read More

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Unemployment Benefit Amounts for 2013

ODJFS sets new amounts each calendar year for total benefit amounts payable and the minimum weeks and wages needed to qualify for a claim. For 2013, to qualify for an unemployment claim a claimant must have worked at least 20 weeks with an average weekly wage of $230/week. ODJFS has a document on their website Read More

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ODJFS will begin taking federal income tax refunds to repay fraudulently filed Unemployment Compensation claims

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) has introduced their plans to take a big step towards collecting money owed by claimants who have collected unemployment payments fraudulently. Fraudulent claims have cost Ohio billions of dollars over the years. In 2011 there were $9.4 million in overpayments that included fraud and general overpayments. Read More

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Unemployment Extensions: A light at the end of a 99 week tunnel

If you ask ten different people the question, “How many weeks can someone draw unemployment?” You will most likely get ten different answers. The standard 26 weeks has not been the end of a claim since the Emergency Unemployment Benefit Act went into effect in 2008. The most recent changes started on February 22, 2012 Read More

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Unemployment Changes Impacting Ohio

Short-Time Compensation or Worksharing is a provision added to the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 to prevent companies from being forced to perform temporary or mass layoffs. The provision will allow Ohio employers to reduce the number of hours an employee works per week in order to maintain their employment, while Read More