Is it true that Ohio residents over 65 and terrified of a high risk job (dentistry) do not have to return to work and can stay on unemployment. For how long.

Dental hygiene— high risk of contracting disease due to aerosol spray

1 answer  |  asked May 1, 2020 04:19 AM [EST]  |  applies to Ohio

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Christina Royer
It is NOT true that people who are fearful of contracting COVID-19 can refuse to return to work and qualify for unemployment compensation.

If you are currently receiving unemployment compensation and your employer recalls you to work and you refuse, you will have to disclose that to the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services when you file your weekly claim for unemployment compensation. Your employer may likewise have to report to ODJFS that you refused an offer of work.

In that scenario, your unemployment claim could be stopped. It is likewise not clear that you would qualify to receive unemployment benefits under the provisions of the CARES Act. Under the CARES Act, in order to qualify for benefits, one of the following must apply to your situation (this is not an exhaustive list):

1. be diagnosed with COVID-19
2. live with someone who has been diagnosed
3. be caring for a household member who is diagnosed
4. be the primary caregiver for a child whose school or daycare is closed
5. be unable to reach your place of employment because of COVID-19
6. you have been advised by a healthcare provider to self-quarantine

In short, if you refuse to return to work because you are understandably fearful of exposure to the coronavirus, you will risk losing unemployment benefits.

posted by Christina Royer  |  May 1, 2020 06:56 AM [EST]

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