Office of Unemployment Insurance Operations
Save the Dream
Having difficulties paying your mortgage? Call the Save the Dream Ohio Hotline at 888-404-4674. Save the Dream Ohio will connect you with resources in your area who can offer you counseling assistance during this difficult time. Homeowners may check the status of a previously submitted application by visiting www.SaveTheDream.ohio.gov or call 888-404-4674.
1099-G Tax Forms
Federal 1099-G tax forms for unemployment benefits paid in 2015 are now available online. You can view and print your 1099-G from your correspondence inbox. In addition, this form will be sent by U.S. mail to the most current address on your claim. If you have moved since your last claim, please update your mailing information online by logging into your account or call 1-877-OHIO-JOB (1-877-644-6562) and select Option #1.
High Call Volume
We are currently experiencing high call volumes, with longer than normal wait times. To avoid long hold times, we advise you to file online by selecting "File/Appeal Benefits" above. You may file online any time Monday through Saturday, and your claim will be effective beginning the Sunday of the week you filed the application.
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!
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:
- Call their nearest area office during normal business hours
- Call the 24-hour OSHA hotline at 1-800-321-OSHA (1-800-321-6742)
- Report online at https://www.osha.gov/report_online
More information and resources, including a new YouTube video, can be found at https://www.osha.gov/
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.
Treasury Offset Program
Ohio is collecting unpaid, fraudulently obtained unemployment benefits through the Treasury Offset Program (TOP). This program allows state agencies to collect outstanding debts by intercepting federal income tax returns.
In most cases, fraud occurs when people attempt to collect unemployment benefits while they are working or after they return to work. Fraud also can occur when people intentionally provide false information about the reasons they are no longer working, collect unemployment compensation from another state while also collecting from Ohio, or are not actively seeking work.
To avoid TOP collection, individuals will need to settle all outstanding unemployment debt with ODJFS or Ohio's Attorney General as soon as possible.
New Requirement for Reemployment Services
Beginning October 11, 2013, if you are scheduled to attend a reemployment service session in person or to complete a reemployment service activity, but you fail to do so by the scheduled date, your benefits will stop until you complete the required action.
- If you are scheduled for a reemployment service activity, you will be sent a Schedule Notice. Be sure to check your mail (email and/or US mail) on a daily basis so that you do not miss any important notices.
- If you miss an appointment, you will need to reschedule. If no immediate session openings are available, you may lose benefits for a week or more until another opening is available.
Please note that you are expected to attend reemployment service sessions or complete reemployment service activities just as you are expected to go to job interviews offered by employers. If you are unable to attend a session or complete an activity by the scheduled date, you must contact the local OhioMeansJobs Center listed on your Schedule Notice to reschedule.
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.
- Unemployment Compensation Work Search Requirements
- Unemployment Compensation and 'Fraudulent Misrepresentation'
- OhioMeansJobs Services for Individuals
- Important Unemployment Compensation News for Employers
- Online Unemployment Tax Filing for Employers
- OhioMeansJobs Services for Employers
Watch for additional YouTube videos at http://www.youtube.com/user/OhioJFS.
Work and Earnings explanation
The most common - and avoidable - overpayments occur when claimants return to work and fail to report it on their weekly claims.
Every week, claimants are asked: "Did you work or were you self-employed during the week being claimed?" If you worked but will be paid at a later date, you still must answer "yes" and provide the earnings for that week
Claimants who intentionally withhold information, or provide false information, in an effort to collect benefits have committed fraud.
Ohio law calls it "fraudulent misrepresentation" and the penalties include:
- Repayment of all benefits paid in error,
- Withholding unpaid amounts from future benefits,
- Ineligibility for two future allowable weeks of benefits for each fraudulent misrepresentation,
- Starting on October 21, 2013, a 25% penalty on all benefits paid due to fraudulent misrepresentation.
In addition, any unpaid balances are subject to federal and state income tax withholding.
Please properly report work and earning on your weekly claims. If you believe you may have incorrectly reported work and/or earnings, contact your assigned processing center, or call 1-877-644-6562, to speak with a customer service representative.
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.
Important Information (Child Support)
If you have a child support order in Ohio and you have encountered a lay-off or plant closing, you may already qualify to have your child support case reviewed and adjusted.
For more information, please visit the Ohio Office of Child Support website at: http://jfs.ohio.gov/Ocs/index.stm