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Ohio Reinstates Weekly Work-Search Requirement for Those Receiving Unemployment Benefits

Laura Wilson

Ohioans receiving unemployment benefits will have to resume searching for work if they want to continue to collect their benefits. On May 10, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) Interim Director Matt Damschroder announced the change that goes into effect beginning the week of May 23, 2021.
From mid-March 2020 through Dec. 1, the federal government authorized states to waive work-search requirements because of the pandemic. On Dec. 6, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services resumed the work-search requirement for new unemployment claims, while exempting existing claims.
“Now that Ohioans have had the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and can safely return to work, it only makes sense that we restore work-search requirements for everyone,” said Governor Mike DeWine. According to Lt. Governor Jon Husted, “Now that all Ohio adults have access to the vaccine, it’s time to return to the traditional work requirements.”
Allowable work-search activities include applying for a job, attending a resume-writing course, or creating and maintaining a reemployment plan on OhioMeansJobs.com. Under Ohio law, some individuals will be exempt from conducting work-search activities, including employees on a temporary layoff of 45 days or less, and individuals in approved training.
Also, workers can meet their weekly work-search requirement if they are members in good standing with a union hiring hall that refers its members to jobs. For workers in approved school or training, their work-search requirement may be considered met if they are attending all classes and making satisfactory progress.
ODJFS has announced it will notify unemployed Ohioans impacted by this change directly, to allow plenty of time to understand the requirements and begin their process of weekly work-search activities.
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Ohio Restores Unemployment Benefits Weekly Work-Search Requirement

Unemployed Ohioans must resume search for work to claim benefits

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