Ohio Unemployment Base Period

Your base period is the period of time that you worked, prior to losing your job in which you establish the amount of money that you will receive in unemployment. The more money that you made in your base period, the larger the amount that you will recieve every week for unemployment.

The base period is a period of one year, and does not include the most recent quarter (most recent three months).

For example, if you lost your job on April 1 2010, and filed for unemployment that same day -- your base period would be January 1 2009 to December 31 2009. Remember - the base period does not include the most recent three months - so your base period does not include January 1, 2010 to March 30, 2010.

Effect of Base Period on Filing A Second Unemployment Claim, after your unemployment benefits have run out: If you did not work during your base period, you generally are not eligible to receive unemployment benefits. If you only received unemployment income during your base period - there is a big chance you will not receive further unemployment benefits if filing an entirely new claim.

The counselors at your local unemployment office are very knowledgable professionals and can help you understand how to calculate your base period. Also, if your regular or extended unemployment benefits run out, or stop, you should go ahead and file for unemployment again, and talk with an unemployment counselor about your case.

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# Dave L 2012-01-07 11:16
I have been working for an employer in Ohio for the past 2 yrs. Lately the work has been slow and I have only been working a few hrs the past mo. Last summer he had us sign up @ some DES payroll service company that suppose protect him from liability's and they pay us. I worked 5 hrs last week. I want to sign up for unemployment. He told me they would fight it because there unemployment rate would increase. Today I went to the website for DES where I can view my pay roll info for my direct deposit and I cannot log in anymore. I called and they told me I had been let go and would not give me a reason. So I've been fired for trying to collect unemployment . Do I have any recourse if I am denied for being fired FOR NO REASON in Ohio. I have not done anything wrong here and what if they make a reason or lie to protect themselves. It sounds like a smoke and mirrors between my actual employer and this DES or Cornerstone Innovations company (they have 2 names ) that has been paying me. Here is a direct quote from there website "Let the experienced staff of professionals at DES control the complicated and challenging tasks of managing Workers’ Compensation and Unemployment claims." Any help or advice here would be appreciated. Thank You !
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# mary 2012-11-01 09:48
I took early retirement from 10 years previous employer. Have not worked since jan 1 2012. If i return to work as tax prep and am laid off in mar or april 2013 will i have base income for unemployment claim..
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