OHIO – Governor Dewine has singed an executive order that defines Unemployment Insurance during Covid-19 Pandemic.
“We understand that this is an unprecedented time. I’ve signed an executive order that will help some Ohioans who can’t return to their previous job safely due to COVID-19,” Said Dewine in a tweet.
In the order it is directed that when a employee is called back to work at the same position as before the State at home orders that were issued in March, the State of Ohio presumes that work is “suitable work” under the Ohio Unemployment Insurance program. Not returning to work without good cause could have your benefit eligibillty negatively impacted.
Dewine lists what the states definition of good cause is:
- A medical professionals recommendation that an individual not return to work because he/she falls into a category that is considered “high risk” for contracting COVID-19 by the Centers for disease control and prevention and the employer cannot offer teleworking options; or
- The employee is sixty-five years of age or older; or
- Tangible evidence of a health and safety violation by the employer that does not allow the employee to practice social distancing, hygiene, and wearing protective equipment; or
- Potential exposure to COVID-19 and subject to a prescribed quarantine period by the medical or health professional; or
- Staying home to care for a family member who is suffering from CVID-19 or subject to a prescribed quarantine period by a medical or health professional.
Read the full order below