Employees who are experiencing loss of work due to the COVID-19 shutdown can apply for unemployment benefits during this time. The federal government has released significant funds to the state level to expand eligibility and increase benefit amounts paid.
We suggest referring to your state's direct unemployment department for information on the application process.
Here are some materials specific for Ohio employers and employees:
- Coronavirus and Unemployment Benefits FAQ page from the Ohio Dept. of Job & Family Services
- Ohio employers who have temporarily closed business should distribute the following form to their employees who will be applying for unemployment benefits.
- Employees who file for unemployment are responsible for filing WEEKLY claims, however the requirement that they actively search for work while receiving benefits has been waived. It is imperative that the weekly claims are filed to continue receipt of unemployment benefits.