In addition to the requirements of the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act), Ohio requires employers that are having a “mass layoff” to notify the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) at least 3 working days before the first day of the mass layoff (OH Rev. Code Sec. 4141.28(C)). A mass layoff occurs when an employer lays off 50 or more employees within a 7-day period. The employer must provide the dates of layoff or separation and the approximate number of individuals being laid off or separated. Also, at the time of the layoff or separation, the employer must provide the individual employee and the ODJFS with the information necessary to determine the individual’s eligibility for unemployment compensation.
The advanced information allows the ODJFS to expedite processing. The procedure allows employers to save time, reduce errors resulting in overpayments, and reduce paperwork. Employees benefit by using one-stop processing, saving time, and receiving benefit checks more quickly.
To report a mass layoff, employers should contact the Unemployment Compensation Technical Services Section. An ODJFS staff member will request specific information (including the employer's unemployment account number) to ensure that the employer gets the appropriate mass layoff packets needed for affected employees.