(A) An application for determination of benefit rights shall be made by the unemployed individual in a manner prescribed by the director. An individual shall furnish his or her social security account number, the social security numbers of the applicant's spouse and other individuals claimed as dependents and any other information necessary to make a determination of the application. An individual may be permitted to file an application for determination of benefit rights by telephone or other electronic means as provided by rule 4141-19-01 of the Administrative Code if one or more of the following factors apply:
(1) The individual had Ohio employment as defined in section 4141.01 of the Revised Code; or
(2) The individual is physically present in Ohio at the time of the application.
(B) The director shall examine the first claim for benefits filed in any benefit year, and any additional claim, and on the basis of any facts found by the director, determine whether the claimant's most recent separation and, to the extent necessary, prior separations from work are disqualifying separations under division (D)(2) of section 4141.29 of the Revised Code. However, where a claimant has been employed in covered employment for six weeks or more with the claimant's most recent separating employer and earned or has been paid an amount for all such weeks that is six times twenty-seven and one-half per cent of the state average weekly wage as computed under division (B)(3) of section 4141.30 of the Revised Code, separations prior to the claimant's most recent separation shall not be examined.
(C) If the director determines that the most recent separation or a separation that occurred prior to the week for which the claim is filed is disqualifying, the director shall disqualify the claimant for the duration of his or her unemployment as defined in division (G) of section 4141.29 of the Revised Code.
(D) If the claimant is or was in concurrent employment with two or more employers prior to his most recent separation, and the claimant quit employment with one of the employers, such quit will be considered non-disqualifying if:
(1) The remuneration, hours, or other conditions of such employment are substantially less favorable than the other work that he or she was performing at the time of the quit; and
(2) The employment, if offered as new work, would be considered not suitable under the provisions of divisions (E) and (F) of section 4141.29 of the Revised Code.
(E) If an individual is disqualified from receiving benefits pursuant to paragraph (C) of this rule or left employment under the provisions of paragraph (D) of this rule, then benefits that may become payable to such claimant, that are chargeable to the account of the employer from whom he or she was separated under such conditions, shall be charged to the mutualized account provided in section 4141.25 of the Revised Code, provided that no charge shall be made to the mutualized account for benefits chargeable to a reimbursing employer except as provided in division (D)(2) of section 4141.24 of the Revised Code. In the case of a reimbursing employer, the director shall refund or credit to the account of the reimbursing employer any over-paid benefits that are recovered under division (B) of section 4141.35 of the Revised Code.
(F) Any benefits that would otherwise be chargeable to the account of the employer from whom an individual quit employment under conditions described in paragraph (D) of this rule, shall instead be charged to the mutualized account as provided in division (H) of section 4141.29 of the Revised Code.
(G) The application for determination of benefit rights shall not be considered valid unless the individual has performed services in covered employment in six weeks since the beginning of the previous benefit year for which remuneration was paid or is payable, and with respect to such services earned or was paid three times the average weekly wage determined for the previous benefit year. Compensation paid to an individual that is payment for services not in covered employment or that does not represent payment for services performed, including but not limited to back pay, shall not be used to meet this requirement.
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 01/05/2015 and 04/14/2020
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4141.13
Rule Amplifies: 4141.28, 4141.29
Prior Effective Dates: 1/6/74, 7/3/86, 5/1/93, 6/3/96, 3/26/99, 12/14/99, 1/15/01, 1/26/02, 2/22/04, 1/1/06