Vorys (Ohio/Texas): Refusing to Return to Work May Not Make Ohio Employees Ineligible for Unemployment Compensation

Although businesses across the country are reopening, the threat of contracting COVID-19 remains.  Accordingly, for many employees the choice to return to work is not an automatic “Yes.”  For example, employees who are considered to be at “high risk” for serious illness if they contract COVID-19 – employees over the age of 65, employees who have underlying conditions that make them more susceptible to severe effects of COVID-19 – are facing a choice: return to work and resume receiving their paychecks or refuse to return due of health and safety concerns.  Employees who live with someone who is in a high risk category or who have COVID-related childcare issues face a similar dilemma. MORE.

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