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Unemployment Extensions Officially Ending

The latest Unemployment Extension bill failed to pass the Senate this week. The bill would have extended EUC payments, but did not offer a viable solution to how these benefits would be paid. The last week that was payable for any EUC claim was week ending 12/28/13. Claimants that were on the Extensions were encouraged to Read More

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Business Tax Filers Can File 2013 Returns Effective January 13, 2014

The IRS 2014 tax season has begun! 2013 business tax returns are now being accepted as of Monday, January 13, 2014. Business returns include any return that posts on the IRS Business Master File (BMF). BMF returns include a variety of income tax and information returns such as: Form 1120 (corporations) Form 1120S (S corporations) Read More

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Small Business Health Care Tax Credit Increases 2014

The Small Business Health Care Tax Credit is set to increase in 2014. The maximum credit will be: 50% of the premiums small employers pay toward their employees’ health insurance premium (up from 35%); 35% of the premiums tax-exempt organizations pay for their employees’ health insurance premium (up from 25%). Employers are only eligible if 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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A Billion Back Rebate Checks in the Mail

The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has announced the release of rebate checks as part of the Billion Back program. The checks will be processed in batches of 40,000 and all checks are expected to be processed and mailed by July 12th. Mailing schedule is as follows: Wednesday, June 26th – approximately 500 warrants, including Read More

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Reasonable Assurance Season for Schools

Looking ahead to the end of this school year, many districts will be sending letters to their employees giving them reasonable assurance. Employees working under continuing contracts are considered to have reasonable assurance and are found ineligible for unemployment benefits during the summer months as long as their contract is finalized for the upcoming school year and Read More

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February 2013 – Unemployment Numbers Holding Steady

Ohio’s unemployment rate remained steady at 7.0% for February 2013. This is no change from our January rate. Though there was no change from January to February, we remain below the National average (7.7%) and below where we were this time last year (7.5%). Additional info can be found online here.

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January 2013 – Unemployment Numbers Increased Slightly

Ohio’s unemployment rate increased slightly in the beginning of 2013. December’s rate was 6.7%, and raised slightly to 7.0% in January. Though this is an increase for the state, the rate is still lower than it was this time last year (7.6%) and below the current National average (7.9%). Additional details and a break down Read More

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Ohio is an “At-Will” Employment State, Why Do I Have to Pay UI Benefits?

Ohio is one of 43 states in the US that have an At-Will Employment Policy. This essentially means that when you hire an employee, you or that employee can end the employee/employer relationship at any time for any reason.  This At-Will employment policy covers you in regards to labor laws, but has absolutely nothing to Read More

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Substitute Teachers Eligible for Unemployment?

The majority of schools use the Aesop online system to contact substitute teachers when jobs are available. Although this is a great system that simplifies processes for school districts, ODJFS does not recognize Aesop system calls as valid job offers or refusals. If the system calls a substitute and they do not answer the phone the Read More