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Ohio Unemployment Law: Appealing the Denial of Benefits

If your claim for benefits is denied, you must file an appeal with the ODJFS within 21 days of the date the determination letter was issued. Once it receives your appeal, the ODJFS has 21 days to decide whether to issue a redetermination of your claim or refer your appeal to the Unemployment Compensation Review Commission (UCRC).

If the ODJFS issues a redetermination, you will receive it by mail. If you don’t agree with the redetermination, you may appeal it directly to the UCRC. Again, you have 21 days from the date the redetermination was issued to file this appeal. If you appeal to the UCRC, you will receive a notice of hearing, explaining when and where the hearing will take place. Most hearings are held by phone in Ohio, but the URC may schedule an in-person hearing in some circumstances.

If you disagree with the UCRC’s decision, you may appeal to the Common Please Court of the Ohio county where you live or last worked.