FIRST PUBLISHED ON 04.09.2020 – As employers grapple with the economic effects of COVID-19, reductions in hours and furloughs present difficult-but-effective cost reduction strategies. Within those strategies, the amount of unemployment compensation (UC) benefits available to employees whose hours have been reduced is often an important decision point. In Ohio, individuals do not need to be totally unemployed to receive unemployment benefits. The following is an overview of partial unemployment benefits under Ohio law. Employers wanting to ensure their employees receive the maximum UC benefits during periods of hours reductions need to be mindful that partial-unemployment benefits depend largely on the number of hours lost. MORE.