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Ohio expands unemployment compensation protections in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Ohio Governor Michael DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted recently announced that the state has expanded unemployment compensation benefits to workers and businesses impacted by COVID-19. By way of background, Ohio’s unemployment insurance system provides 50 percent of a qualifying worker’s former average weekly pay, subject to caps based on the number of dependents in the household.

Governor DeWine has issued an executive order that expands unemployment benefits related to COVID-19. Moreover, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) has published a series of questions and answers related to the order. Here are the highlights:…

Recession Rebound Could Create Risks

In Ohio and nationally, experts are reporting that the unemployment rate is decreasing. Further, the number of job openings is increasing. With returning employees and hiring new employees, employers are at a risk for increased workers’ compensation claims. Although we generally presume that workers who change employment are at a higher risk for injuries, re-hired employees may also pose safety concerns when returning to their former employers after an extended time away from the job. As a result, it is equally important for employers to pay attention to safety training for new employees as well as re-hired employees. Training not …

Tough Times, Tough Decisions for Ohio Employers

Unfortunately, my law partner Mike Underwood was correct when he predicted in his February 1, 2008 post  “Building a Model for a Defensible Reduction-in-Force,” that economic challenges in the current economy may result in more reductions in force. The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics report for May showed 67 dismissals of groups of 50 or more employees in Ohio. This figure was nearly double the amount of such terminations in May ’07, when the Bureau reported 34 dismissals of 50 or more. Overall, Ohio unemployment claims have more than doubled to 7,621 from 3,350 a year ago, earning …