(A) As used in this section:
(1) "Transitional child care" means publicly funded child care provided under division (A)(3) of section 5104.34 of the Revised Code.
(2) "Transitional medicaid" means the medical assistance provided under section 5111.0115 of the Revised Code.
(B) Except as provided in division (C) of this section, each member of an assistance group participating in Ohio works first is ineligible to participate in the program for six payment months if a county department of job and family services determines that a member of the assistance group terminated the member's employment and each person who, on the day prior to the day a recipient begins to receive transitional child care or transitional medicaid, was a member of the recipient's assistance group is ineligible to participate in Ohio works first for six payment months if a county department determines that the recipient terminated the recipient's employment.
(C) No assistance group member shall lose or be denied eligibility to participate in Ohio works first pursuant to division (B) of this section if the termination of employment was because an assistance group member or recipient of transitional child care or transitional medicaid secured comparable or better employment or the county department of job and family services certifies that the member or recipient terminated the employment with just cause.
Just cause includes the following:
(1) Discrimination by an employer based on age, race, sex, color, handicap, religious beliefs, or national origin;
(2) Work demands or conditions that render continued employment unreasonable, such as working without being paid on schedule;
(3) Employment that has become unsuitable due to any of the following:
(a) The wage is less than the federal minimum wage;
(b) The work is at a site subject to a strike or lockout, unless the strike has been enjoined under section 208 of the "Labor-Management Relations Act," 61 Stat. 155 (1947), 29 U.S.C.A. 178, as amended, an injunction has been issued under section 10 of the "Railway Labor Act," 44 Stat. 586 (1926), 45 U.S.C.A. 160, as amended, or an injunction has been issued under section 4117.16 of the Revised Code;
(c) The documented degree of risk to the member or recipient's health and safety is unreasonable;
(d) The member or recipient is physically or mentally unfit to perform the employment, as documented by medical evidence or by reliable information from other sources.
(4) Documented illness of the member or recipient or of another assistance group member of the member or recipient requiring the presence of the member or recipient;
(5) A documented household emergency;
(6) Lack of adequate child care for children of the member or recipient who are under six years of age.
Effective Date: 07-01-2000; 05-18-2005; 10-01-2005
The amendment to this section by 129th General AssemblyFile No.10,SB 5, §1 was rejected by voters in the November, 2011 election.