Dayton, OH asked in Employment Law for Ohio

Q: Can I be denied unemployment if I have 2 jobs?

I work for a local school district, in which is paying me $650 or less bi-weekly, which is below poverty guidelines.My secondary employer is with a charter bus company, in which provided me with a mass lay off notice. Realistically, I cannot survive on $650 or less bi-weekly from the school district. Therefore, I submitted my unemployment claim with my mass layoff number, for my charter bus company. I did, however receive benefits for weeks ending 4/6/20 & 4/11/20. This determination was apparently made on both employers. When I was only trying to submit for my charter company. When entered my social security number, the school district information automatically came into play. I was only trying receive compensation for my secondary employer. For, this source of income allows me to meet my financial obligations. Please help! Thank you.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Brian Smith
Brian Smith
  • Rocky River, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: When you file for Ohio unemployment, they look at your income and jobs during your base period. You cannot select one job or the other for them to look at. If you had two jobs and were laid off from one, they will look at both jobs.

If an employee is laid off from one job but still working at another, they may qualify for partial unemployment benefits. The income they receive from the job they are still working at will be deductible. Here is what Ohio Unemployment has to say about such deductible income: "Individuals who are partially unemployed due to lack of work may be eligible for benefits. Any earnings from employment during the week claimed may reduce the amount of benefits paid. Earnings equal to or less than 20% of a claimant's weekly benefit amount will not reduce the amount of benefits paid. Earnings over 20% of the weekly benefit amount will reduce the benefit payment dollar for dollar. Earnings equal to or over the benefit amount will result in no benefits for that week."

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