“SharedWork Ohio” Allows Employers to Reduce Working Hours

SharedWork Ohio allows employers  to reduce the number of hours worked across an entire workforce rather than laying off a set number of employees.  The law requires employers to “promptly and adequately” respond to unemployment information request from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). Ohio employers can no longer ignore such requests without adverse consequences.

Under Ohio’s Unemployment Compensation Act, unemployment benefits that have been paid to an employee, which are subsequently found not to be due to the employee, are charged to a “mutualized account” and not charged to the account of the contributing employer.  Further, if these improperly paid benefits are not charged to the “mutualized account,” but inadvertently charged to the employer’s account, the law allows for the employer’s account to be credited that are recovered.