The federal government enacted the CARES Act to provide expanded unemployment benefits to individuals impacted by COVID-19. The CARES Act provides additional weekly supplement payments, additional weeks of benefits, and a new program to help those who traditionally have not qualified for unemployment benefits.
As employers begin to reopen, their associates are expected to be recalled to their previous positions. The Ohio Department of Job & Family Services states that federal and state law prohibits individuals from receiving unemployment benefits should they refuse acceptable work offers or quit work without good cause attributable to the workplace. Employers should report any job refusals or quits to the state as soon as possible to ensure that the state can make accurate eligibility determinations. To report job refusals or quits, please visit unemployment.ohio.gov/employer and click on the “Report COVID-19 Work Refusals” link. On submission, a claims examiners will then determine whether good cause exists for the individuals in question to continue to receive unemployment benefits.
Finally, the state advised that a full policy on job refusals will be posted on their website: http://jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/UIPolicy/index.stm. This policy will fully emphasize the state’s stance on job refusals and quits as Ohio reopens after the stay-at-home order.
Our office will monitor COVID-19 updates closely and will send out additional announcements as we become aware of any updates. You can also review these updates on our website at https://www.thomas-and-company.com/covid-19/ too.
Please reach out to your representative with any questions.