• Advocacy Team

Unemployment Toolkit for Employers

Updated: Apr 2, 2020

Unemployment Compensation Explained

State Actions

To help alleviate strain on both employers and workers due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Governor Mike DeWine issued Executive Order 2020-03D. The order—signed on March 16—lifts certain unemployment compensation benefit restrictions during an emergency.

Specifically, the order designates the following:

  1. Unemployment workers will include individuals requested by a medical professional, local health authority, or employer to be isolated or quarantined as a consequence of COVID-19 even if not actually diagnosed with COVID-19; and

  2. Individuals totally or partially unemployed, or who are participating in the SharedWork Ohio Program will not be required to serve a waiting period before receiving unemployment insurance or SharedWork benefits; and

  3. Any benefit paid on these unemployment claims shall not be charged to the account of the employer who otherwise would have been charged but instead shall be charged to the mutualized account, except reimbursing employers; and

  4. Waiver of work search requirements shall include those individuals requested by a medical professional, local health authority or employer to be isolated or quarantined as a consequence of COVID-19 even if not actually diagnosed with COVID-19; and

  5. Penalties for late reporting and payments will be waived for employers affected by COVID-19.

The above orders apply only to those workers that do not have access to leave benefits from their employer(s).

Federal Actions

The CARES Act provides an additional $600 per week (through July 31) to certain employees receiving unemployment insurance benefits. It also expanded coverage to include self-employed workers, contractors, and furloughed workers. In addition, CARES Act makes available 13 more weeks of unemployment benefits on top of the 26 weeks provided by state law.

Individuals must apply through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to file for the new federal benefits. You can learn more about the CARES Act Unemployment Insurance provisions here.


The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has created a comprehensive list of resources of the state’s Coronavirus and Unemployment Insurance Benefits.

Click here to learn more and:

Click here to learn about SharedWork Ohio, a voluntary layoff aversion program referenced in Executive Order 2020-03D.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership is also providing an up-to-date listing of open jobs for displaced workers in Northeast Ohio. Click here to view.


Visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH for answers.

If your company is experiencing challenges due to the outbreak, you can share the impact with us here. A GCP staff member will reach out to learn more if you indicate you would like to be contacted.

Please note, this article is provided for information purposes only. All information is subject to change. Businesses should consult with their attorneys for guidance.

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