Ohio Adopts New Unemployment Compensation Regulation

The state of Ohio has adopted an unemployment compensation regulation that outlines how two states coordinate when a person who has worked in both states files for unemployment benefits.

First, the state where the claim is filed (“agent state”) is responsible for identifying any issues with the claim, such as work registration and availability for work, and reporting these to the state where the claimant’s benefits are based (“liable state”). The agent state must register claimants for work and assist them in understanding and filing any necessary documents. 

Second, the liable state must provide claimants with information about their claim status, conduct eligibility interviews, and notify the agent state about claims activities using a standard procedure. 

Third, claimants must file for benefits according to the liable state’s rules, and the liable state must accept claims filed within the agent state’s deadlines when the claimant is still attached to their regular employer. Claimants can only file claims against a state if they have available benefit credits there. Once exhausted, they can file against another state where they may have credits.  

Lastly, the amendment provides for appellate procedure on interstate claims. The liable state handles appeals for interstate benefit claims, but may request assistance from the agent state. Appeals are considered filed on the date received by the agent state. 

This regulation takes effect on November 9, 2023.