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Electronic Data Sharing Can Save Time

ODJFS offers new ways to report separation information electronically, for faster, more efficient and more secure processing. The State Information Data Exchange System (SIDES) and SIDES E-Response provide a standard format also used by other states. The best option depends on the needs of each individual employer or third-party administrator (TPA). To learn more, CLICK HERE.

New OSHA Reporting Requirements

Effective January 1, 2015, the federal government requires employers to report the following information to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • All work-related fatalities must be reported within eight hours.
  • All in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and losses of an eye must be reported within 24 hours.

Employers may report these incidents to OSHA using one of the following methods:

More information and resources, including a new YouTube video, can be found at

New Employer Charging Rules

ODJFS is working hard to reduce improper payments to individuals that are ultimately found to be ineligible for unemployment compensation. But we can't do it alone. ODJFS relies on information from employers to help us determine whether someone is eligible for compensation.

Starting on October 21, 2013, it will be more important than ever for employers to respond promptly and completely to requests for information regarding unemployment claims.

Beginning on October 21, 2013, in accordance with Ohio House Bill 37, employers that repeatedly fail to respond promptly and adequately to requests for information may be charged for any benefits paid to individuals later determined to be ineligible.

These charges can lead to an increase in an employer's tax rate.

ODJFS is asking all employers to help reduce improper payments by responding timely and accurately to all agency requests for information.

Don't put your tax rate at risk. If you're not sure how to respond or what type of information to provide, please call us at 1-877-644-6562. We're eager to assist you.

Redesigned Website Is Here!

Welcome to Ohio's redesigned unemployment insurance website. Although the look and layout have changed, you'll find all the same great resources, in addition to many new features. We hope you enjoy the streamlined format!

Browsers no longer supported

In order to best protect confidential and other important data, the ODJFS website will no longer support several outdated web browsers. Effective December 5, 2014, Internet Explorer 6 or older, Opera 4 or older and Netscape Navigator will no longer work on ODJFS sites that are https-enabled.

You Tube Videos for Claimants/Employers

The ODJFS Office of Unemployment Compensation has produced several new YouTube videos to help our customers better understand our services and their responsibilities. To view them, just click on the links below.

Unemployed Workers


Watch for additional YouTube videos at

Learn about SIDES

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Search for workers at

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Report it by calling toll-free

1-800-686-1555 or click:

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