If a claim for unemployment compensation (UC) benefits is filed and the claimant lists your business as a recent employer, you will receive a Request to Employer for Separation Information - with a response deadline of 10 business days. ODJFS offers various methods of completing this request for information. The two most traditional methods are: (1) online, using the Ohio Job Insurance (OJI) benefits system or (2) by paper. If you (or your third party administrator) elected to receive your correspondence via e-mail, you will be expected to log into OJI via https://unemployment.ohio.gov/EmployerChoice.html and open the Request to Employer for Separation Information item in your Correspondence Inbox. If, however, you elected to receive your correspondence via U.S. Mail, you will receive a physical document in the mail.
To learn how to complete the information online, click here to view a video tutorial. To learn how to complete the paper Request to Employer for Separation Information, click here to view a video tutorial.
The online OJI version
The paper version
More contemporary methods of completing an employer’s request for separation information include electronic response using the State Information Data Exchange System (SIDES) or SIDES E-Response. If you (or your third party administrator) are interested in using SIDES or SIDES E-Response to receive and respond to separation information requests, more information can be found at: http://info.uisides.org.
What information will the agency need from the employer?
To properly determine benefit eligibility, ODJFS needs details regarding the claimant’s reason for being unemployed. In addition to requesting specific details about why the claimant is no longer working for your business, this request also asks for relevant company policy and the worker’s record of acknowledgement and/or receipt of the company policy. The request form also provides for the reporting of vacation pay, severance pay, holiday pay, etc. Failure to respond timely and adequately will result in a determination based on available facts as well as possible employer penalty as described at: http://jfs.ohio.gov/factsheets/UCemployerBenefitResponsibilities.stm.
How does the agency determine if a displaced worker receives benefits?
The decision to allow or deny benefits is based on all information provided to the agency and upheld by Ohio law. We review all documentation and fact-finding regarding every claim for UC benefits. Fact-finding includes any verbal or written communication provided that relates to the separation or issue raised, such as phone interviews and responses to notices. A written decision is sent to all interested parties (employer(s) and the claimant) whether the claim is allowed or denied.
If you disagree with a benefits decision
All interested parties have the right to file an appeal if in disagreement with a decision. Each determination includes instructions on how to file an appeal. All parties are given a 21 calendar day deadline to submit an appeal.