Small businesses across the region are struggling to find employees and fill jobs to continue operations and meet customer needs.
- Federal Bonus Payments – A growing number of states are rejecting enhanced federal Covid-19 pandemic unemployment payments, saying the extra $300-a-week supplement is providing an incentive for some to avoid work at a time when some employers are struggling to find labor. The governor announced unemployed Ohioans will no longer be eligible for weekly federal bonus payments of $300 starting on June 26, 2021.
- Work Search Requirement – Ohioans will once again be required to search for employment on a weekly basis as part of filing for and receiving unemployment benefits. From mid-March through December of 2020, the federal government authorized states to waive these requirements. Ohio then resumed the requirement for new unemployment claims on and after December 6 of last year while exempting existing claims. Effective on May 23, 2021 all claimants, regardless of when they first filed a claim, must search for work.
- Work Refusals – Lt. Governor Jon Husted has outlined the process for employers to report work refusals on the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) website. More information can be found at jfs.ohio.gov, unemployment.ohio.gov, and OhioMeansJobs.com. Employers reporting work refusals should be prepared to provide their name, email address, Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN), claimant name, claimant ID or the last four digits of the claimant’s Social Security number, and additional details about the specific situation.
- System Audits – The State Auditor’s office is currently conducting two audits – one into the unemployment system’s anti-fraud efforts, the other into the system’s customer-service issues.
- Federal Debt Proposal – Governor Mike DeWine has proposed using more than $1 billion in federal relief money to balance the state unemployment fund.Ohio during the height of the coronavirus crisis to help pay a record surge of unemployment claims.Paying off the debt would be a relief to Ohio businesses because the state unemployment system is paid for through premiums paid by employers.GCP has long-called for a solution to this ongoing problem.