Employers and Unemployment Hearing Officers May Not Deny Benefits for Reasons Outside Those Given At the Time of Termination - Unemployment News- 7/27/2016

Employers and Unemployment Hearing Officers May Not Deny Benefits for Reasons Outside Those Given At the Time of Termination - Unemployment News- 7/27/2016

The 11th District affirms that the Unemployment Compensation Review Commission and its hearing officers are "not permitted to reference a reason for the claimant's discharge other than the reason stated by the employer."

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Employers Must Show Reliable, Substantial and Probative Evidence of Their Case - Unemployment News - 7/25/2016

Employers Must Show Reliable, Substantial and Probative Evidence of Their Case - Unemployment News - 7/25/2016

The 8th District holds that the CMHA lacked sufficient evidence to terminate an employee with just cause for taking an application envelope out of an office, when it could not should which envelope the employee took out of the office.

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Unemployment After Termination for Poor Performance

Unemployment After Termination for Poor Performance

Employees will be ineligible for unemployment compensation when terminated for poor performance and the employer shows: (1) the employee does not perform required work; (2) the employer made its expectations known at the time of hire; (3) those expectations are reasonable; and (4) the requirements of the job have not changed since the date of hire.

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Cleaning Preschools - Unemployment Appeals - 04/08/16

Cleaning Preschools - Unemployment Appeals - 04/08/16

The First District concludes that, when presented with conflicting evidence, the Review Commission's decision awarding benefits should not be disturbed, affirming that, "the fact that reasonable minds might reach different conclusions is not basis for the reversal of the [hearing officer's] decision."

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Resigning Due to Harassment - Unemployment Appeals 4/7/2016

Resigning Due to Harassment - Unemployment Appeals 4/7/2016

The Tenth District holds that a police officer who filed sexual harassment complaints lacks just cause to resign due to a purported failure to give the employer an adequate opportunity to resolve her complaints.

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Unemployment Appeals Reports 3/21/16

Unemployment Appeals Reports 3/21/16

The Sixth District holds that proof that an employer terminated striking employees by replacing them with permanent replacements does not necessarily require written notice to the employees that they are permanently replaced, and therefore such employees became eligible for unemployment compensation on the date that the employer actually intended to, and began to, permanently replace them.

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Ohio Unemployment Rate for February 2016 Released

Ohio Unemployment Rate for February 2016 Released

Ohio's February 2016 unemployment rate remained unchanged from January 2016 at 4.9%.  This is an increase from 4.8% for December and 4.5% for November 2015.  It had reached a fourteen year low of 4.4% in October 2015.  The number of unemployed increased from January by 6,000 to a total of 285,000.  The largest losses in jobs were state government losing 2,800 jobs, manufacturing losing 2,300, and leisure and hospitality reduced by 2,200.

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Unemployment Appeals Reports 3/17/16

Unemployment Appeals Reports 3/17/16

The Sixth District affirms a UCRC decision granting unemployment benefits to an individual accused of violating a cellphone policy, where the hearing officer gave more credibility to the claimant's testimony during the hearing than to hearsay statements relied upon by the employer.

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Unemployment Appeals Reports 3/12/16

Unemployment Appeals Reports 3/12/16

The Second District holds that an employer lacks just cause to terminate an employee for refusing to stop taking prescription morphine, even if he does not ask the doctor for alternative treatments.  Additionally, an employer may not justify reasons for a termination other than those actually used.

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Unemployment Appeals Reports 3/11/16

Unemployment Appeals Reports 3/11/16

The 8th District affirms a denial of unemployment benefits to an employee who stored files, including pornographic files, on his work computer, holding that rules applying to the State Personnel Board of Review do not apply to unemployment benefits.

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