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Unemployment Claims

Unemployment compensation benefits are administered by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), providing temporary income to individuals who have lost their job through no fault of their own. The purpose of unemployment compensation is to assist the individual through difficult times. These benefits are available to a terminated employee, so long as the employee was not terminated “for just cause.” If the employer or terminated employee is not satisfied with the "initial determination” by the ODJFS as to an award of benefits, a redetermination can be requested. The redetermination can also be appealed and a hearing held on the issue. The cost of unemployment compensation benefits is funded by employer contributions, and the amount an employer pays will increase depending upon the employer’s claims experience. Employers can take several steps to effectively reduce adverse claim determinations and reduce unemployment contribution requirements. We have represented several employers on a flat-fee basis to manage and defend unemployment compensation claims so as to minimize the impact employee terminations will have on an employer’s contribution rate. If you have questions about unemployment compensation, please contact us. We can and do represent employers and individuals involving unemployment compensation issues. We are here to provide practical, cost effective legal advice and guidance.

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