Ohio Unemployment Eligibility
Updated : June 21st, 2019
- Be a resident of Ohio.
- Must be physically able to work and available for work.
- You should be partially or totally unemployed while applying for unemployment benefits.
- You must be actively looking for a suitable new job.
- You were not fired with even-minded cause.
- You did not quit your job unless you had an even-minded cause.
- If you have filed a claim previously, you need to have worked for at least 6 weeks and met a total income requirement before you can file a new claim.
- The claimant must have worked a minimum of 20 qualifying weeks in covered employment during the base period.
- Must have an average weekly wage of at least $261.00 during the base period before taxes and deductions.
- Your previous job must have earned take-home pay adequate to cover your living expense.
- The minimum benefits amount in Ohio is $115 and the maximum benefits amount in Ohio is $413 for a claimant who has zero dependents. If you have one or more dependents, the dependency classification chart will be able to help you.
- Part-time employment payments are almost always not considered.
- Special rules that apply to unemployment eligibility for military personnel and union workers, so check with your military or union representative for these rules.
You will get a minimum of 20 weeks on the standard unemployment claim in Ohio. For each week worked more than the 20-week minimum to be eligible, you will obtain an extra week of benefits, up to a maximum of 26 weeks. Your total benefit is the weekly benefit amount multiplied by the number of weeks allowed.
What if I am fired?
Employees who have been discharged for “just cause” (misconduct) with regard to employment are not qualified to unemployment insurance benefits. Hence, if you have been fired for misconduct, then you will not be eligible to receive any unemployment compensation benefits.
On the other hand, if you are fired for reasons that do not rise to the level of misconduct, will usually be eligible to collect unemployment compensation benefits for the resulting period of unemployment.
I am yet to be laid off. What is my eligibility status?
Ohio considers being laid off from a job as being unemployed through no mistake of your own. However, you must have been working for at least 20 weeks of the preceding 52 weeks. You must also have made an average of at least $261 a week.
You must also work for an employer who is required to pay unemployment insurance; most employers are needed to contribute. The Ohio Office of Unemployment Compensation will need your previous employer to confirm you were laid off.
I am planning to quit my job for a certain reason. Can I avail unemployment?
Generally, if you quit your job, you are not qualified to collect unemployment benefits unless you quit for a good cause. “Cause” here means some occasion or situation that would lead a sensible employee in that incident to quit.
The situation has to be pretty bad, for example, intolerable working conditions before you are right in quitting. Usually, you must give your employer the chance to correct the unbearable condition. Likewise, in a unionized setting, you can look for the help of your union in correcting the situation.
However, you must still apply for benefits, as the state may concur that you had good cause to quit. In any occasion, you have nothing to
However, you should still apply for benefits, because the state may agree that you had good cause to quit. In any event, you have nothing to miss by applying.
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