4141.12 Unemployment compensation modernization and improvement council.

(A)

(1) There is created the unemployment compensation modernization and improvement council. The council shall examine the process by which an individual files a claim for and receives benefits under this chapter, and any changes made to that process after the effective date of this section. The scope of the council's examination shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following:

(a) The technological infrastructure used to file claims and pay benefits and the experience had by individuals and employers participating in the process;

(b) Possible improvements that will maximize responsiveness for individuals and employers;

(c) Methods for sharing data across systems related to unemployment compensation to maximize efficiency;

(d) Methods for synergizing user experience across multiple programs administered or supervised by the director of job and family services.

(2) The council shall not examine the solvency of the unemployment compensation fund created in section 4141.09 of the Revised Code or changes that would either increase or reduce benefits paid from the fund.

(B) The council shall consist of eleven members appointed as follows:

(1) Two members who on account of their vocation, employment, or affiliations can be classed as representative of employers and two members who on account of their vocation, employment, or affiliation can be classed as representatives of employees appointed by the governor;

(2) The chairpersons of the standing committees of the senate and the house of representatives to which legislation pertaining to Chapter 4141. of the Revised Code is customarily referred, as appointed by the president of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives, respectively;

(3) Two members of the senate appointed by the president of the senate, one of whom is a member of the majority party and one of whom is a member of the minority party;

(4) Two members of the house of representatives appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives, one of whom is a member of the majority party and one of whom is a member of the minority party;

(5) The director of job and family services or a designee of the director who has administrative responsibilities with respect to the unemployment compensation system.

(C) Members of the council appointed by the governor shall serve for a term of two years, each term ending on the same day as the date of their original appointment. Legislative members shall serve during the session of the general assembly in which they are appointed to the council and for as long as they are members of the general assembly. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment but only for the unexpired part of a term.

(D) Members of the council shall serve without compensation.

(E) The chairpersons of the standing committees of the senate and the house of representatives to which legislation pertaining to Chapter 4141. of the Revised Code is customarily referred shall jointly call the first meeting of the council. The council shall organize itself and select a chairperson or co-chairpersons. Six members constitute a quorum and the council may act only on the affirmative vote of six members.

(F) The council shall have access to only the records of the department of job and family services that are necessary for the administration of this chapter. The council shall not have access to sensitive or personally identifying information. It may request the director, or any of the employees appointed by the director, or any employer or employee subject to this chapter, to appear before it and to testify to relevant matters. At least once a year, the council shall allow members of the public to appear before it to testify to relevant matters.

Not later than the date that is six months after the council's first meeting, the council shall issue an initial report that, at minimum, describes the state of the process by which an individual files a claim for and receives benefits under this chapter at the time the report is issued, as well as any planned improvements to the process.

The director shall post all testimony and other relevant materials discussed, presented to, or produced for the council in accordance with this division on a publicly viewable web site maintained by the director.

(G) The director shall notify the chairperson or co-chairpersons of the council of any unauthorized access to or acquisition of records maintained by the department of job and family services that are necessary for the administration of this chapter. The director shall provide the notice not more than five days after the director discovers or is notified of the unauthorized access or acquisition.

(H) The director shall notify the members of the council of any substantial disruption in the process by which applications for determination of benefit rights and claims for benefits are filed with the director. The council shall adopt and periodically review a definition of a substantial disruption that must be reported in accordance with this division.



Added by 133rd General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 614, §1, eff. 10/1/2020.