Took new job and got laid off in 2 weeks. I am denied benefits, how can I appeal this?

Worked a job for over 2 years, and left to take a better paying job. Worked 7 12s for 2 weeks and got laid off due to lack of work. My benefits are denied because I wasn't at my new job for over 3 weeks. This isn't my fault, how do I appeal this?

2 answers  |  asked Jan 14, 2016 07:12 AM [EST]  |  applies to Ohio

Answers (2)

Christina Royer
Unfortunately, under the Ohio unemployment system, you must work a minimum of 6 weeks in "covered employment" in order to be eligible for benefits. This is so regardless of the reason for the discharge (i.e., whether a layoff, a quit, or a termination for performance reasons).

According to the FAQ that David Neel posted above:

"Ohio requires that you work six weeks in covered employment and earn three times the average weekly wage of the prior benefit year in order to be eligible for a second account."

Unfortunately because the law is written this way, there is nothing to do about it. You can try appealing, but the likelihood of success is zero, based on what you write above regarding the length of time you were in your new position before being laid off.

If you want to be sure, you can call the ODJFS processing center listed on your Determination of Benefit Rights, and ask them to explain this to you.

Good luck to you, and hopefully a new opportunity comes along soon!

posted by Christina Royer  |  Jan 14, 2016 10:26 AM [EST]
David Neel
Sounds like unemployment might have made a mistake. See this webpage for information concerning your eligibility for unemployment benefits.

posted by David Neel  |  Jan 14, 2016 08:22 AM [EST]

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