130th Ohio General Assembly
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(123rd General Assembly)
(Amended Substitute House Bill Number 509)



AN ACT
To amend sections 2301.371, 3111.20, 3113.21, 4141.01, 4141.162, 4141.21, 4141.23, 4141.24, 4141.241, 4141.25, 4141.28, 4141.29, 4141.301, 4141.43, and 5104.11 and to enact sections 4141.281, 4141.282, and 4141.283 of the Revised Code to make changes in the Unemployment Compensation Law.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio:

SECTION 1 .  That sections 2301.371, 3111.20, 3113.21, 4141.01, 4141.162, 4141.21, 4141.23, 4141.24, 4141.241, 4141.25, 4141.28, 4141.29, 4141.301, 4141.43, and 5104.11 be amended and sections 4141.281, 4141.282, and 4141.283 of the Revised Code be enacted to read as follows:

Sec. 2301.371.  (A) If a child support enforcement agency discovers pursuant to an investigation conducted under section 2301.37 of the Revised Code that an obligor under a child support order that it is administering may be receiving unemployment compensation benefits or if a child support enforcement agency receives notice or otherwise discovers that an obligor under a child support order may be receiving unemployment compensation benefits, the agency promptly shall conduct an investigation to determine whether the obligor is receiving unemployment compensation benefits and to determine the amount of the benefits. The investigation shall be completed within ten days of the agency's discovery or receipt of the notice.

(B) Upon completion of an investigation conducted under division (A) of this section, if the agency finds that the obligor is receiving unemployment compensation benefits, it shall, in accordance with sections 3111.20 to 3111.28 and, 3113.21 to 3113.219, and 4141.282 of the Revised Code, division (D)(4) of section 4141.28 of the Revised Code, and federal law governing the department of job and family services, notify the department of job and family services to withhold or deduct an amount from the unemployment compensation benefits to pay child support obligations. Effective for applications to establish unemployment compensation benefit rights filed after December 27, 1997, the amount withheld with respect to a week of unemployment benefits shall not exceed fifty per cent of the individual's weekly benefit amount as determined by the director of job and family services.

The agency may not impose the processing charge pursuant to division (G)(1) of section 2301.35 of the Revised Code with respect to amounts withheld or deducted from unemployment compensation pursuant to this section.

(C) The director of job and family services shall adopt rules in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code to implement this section, which rules shall be consistent with division (D)(4) of section 4141.28 4141.282 of the Revised Code and federal law governing the department.

Sec. 3111.20.  (A) As used in sections 3111.20 to 3111.29 of the Revised Code:

(1) "Obligor" means the person required to pay support under an administrative support order.

(2) "Obligee" means the person entitled to receive the support payments under an administrative support order.

(3) "Administrative support order" means an administrative order for the payment of support that is issued by a child support enforcement agency.

(4) "Support" means child support.

(5) "Personal earnings" means compensation paid or payable for personal services, however denominated, and includes, but is not limited to, wages, salary, commissions, bonuses, draws against commissions, profit sharing, and vacation pay.

(6) "Financial institution" means a bank, savings and loan association, or credit union, or a regulated investment company or mutual fund in which a person who is required to pay support has funds on deposit that are not exempt under the law of this state or the United States from execution, attachment, or other legal process.

(7) "Title IV-D case" means any case in which the child support enforcement agency is enforcing the support order pursuant to Title IV-D of the "Social Security Act," 88 Stat. 2351 (1975), 42 U.S.C. 651, as amended.

(8) "Payor" means any person or entity that distributes income to an obligor including the obligor, if the obligor is self-employed; an employer; an employer that is paying the obligor's workers' compensation benefits; the public employees retirement board; the governing entity of any municipal retirement system; the board of trustees of the Ohio police and fire pension fund; the state teachers retirement board; the school employees retirement board; the state highway patrol retirement board; a person paying or otherwise distributing an obligor's income; the bureau of workers' compensation; or any other person or entity, except the director of job and family services with respect to unemployment compensation benefits paid pursuant to Chapter 4141. of the Revised Code.

(9) "Income" means any form of monetary payment including personal earnings; unemployment compensation benefits to the extent permitted by, and in accordance with, section sections 2301.371 of the Revised Code, division (D)(4) of section 4141.28 and 4141.282 of the Revised Code, and federal law governing the department of job and family services; workers' compensation payments; pensions; annuities; allowances; retirement benefits; disability or sick pay; insurance proceeds; lottery prize awards; federal, state, or local government benefits to the extent that the benefits can be withheld or deducted under the law governing the benefits; any form of trust fund or endowment; lump-sum payments; and any other monetary payments.

(B) A man who is presumed to be the natural father of a child pursuant to section 3111.03 of the Revised Code assumes the parental duty of support with respect to the child.

(C) Notwithstanding section 3109.01 of the Revised Code, a parent's duty of support for a child shall continue beyond the age of majority as long as the child continuously attends on a full-time basis any recognized and accredited high school or a court-issued child support order provides that the duty of support continues beyond the age of majority. Except in cases in which a child support order requires the duty of support to continue for any period after the child reaches nineteen years of age, the duty does not continue after the child reaches nineteen years of age. The parental duty of support shall continue during seasonal vacations.

A parent, guardian, or legal custodian of a child, the person with whom the child resides, or the child support enforcement agency of the county in which the child, parent, guardian, or legal custodian of the child resides may file a complaint pursuant to section 2151.231 of the Revised Code in the juvenile court of that county requesting the court to order a parent who neglects or does not assume the parental duty of support to pay an amount for the support of the child and to provide for the health care needs of the child, may contact a child support enforcement agency for assistance in obtaining the order, or may request an administrative officer of a child support enforcement agency to issue an administrative order for the payment of child support and providing for the health care needs of the child pursuant to division (D) of this section. Upon the filing of the complaint or the making of the request, the court shall issue an order requiring the payment of support for the child and providing for the health care needs of the child, pursuant to section 2151.231 of the Revised Code, or the administrative officer, pursuant to division (D) of this section, shall issue an order requiring the payment of support for the child and providing for the health care needs of the child.

A party to a request made under this division may raise the issue of the existence or nonexistence of a parent-child relationship between the presumed natural father and the child unless the presumption is based on acknowledgment of paternity that has become final pursuant to section 2151.232, 3111.211, or 5101.314 of the Revised Code. If a request is made for an administrative order providing for support and health care needs pursuant to division (D) of this section and the issue of the existence or nonexistence of a parent-child relationship is raised, the administrative officer shall treat the request as a request made pursuant to section 3111.22 of the Revised Code and determine the issue pursuant to that section. An administrative order issued pursuant to division (D) of this section does not preclude a party from requesting a determination of the issue of the existence or nonexistence of a parent-child relationship pursuant to this chapter if the issue was not determined with respect to the party in the proceedings conducted pursuant to division (D) of this section or pursuant to an acknowledgment of paternity that has become final under section 2151.232, 3111.211, or 5101.314 of the Revised Code. An order issued pursuant to division (D) of this section shall remain effective until a final and enforceable determination is made pursuant to this chapter that a parent-child relationship does not exist between the presumed natural father and the child or until the occurrence of an event described in division (E)(4)(a) of section 3111.23 of the Revised Code that requires the order to be terminated.

(D) If a request is made pursuant to division (C) of this section or division (A) of section 3111.211 of the Revised Code for an administrative order requiring the payment of child support and providing for the health care needs of the child, the administrative officer shall schedule an administrative hearing to determine, in accordance with sections 3111.23 to 3111.29 and 3113.215 of the Revised Code, the amount of child support either parent is required to pay, the method of paying that child support, and the method of providing for the child's health care. The hearing shall be held not later than sixty days after the request is made pursuant to division (A) of this section or division (A) of section 3111.211 of the Revised Code nor earlier than thirty days after the officer gives the mother and father of the child notice of the action. When an administrative officer issues an administrative order for the payment of support and provision for the child's health care, all of the following apply:

(1) The administrative support order shall require periodic payments of support that may vary in amount, except that, if it is in the best interest of the child, the administrative officer may order a lump sum payment or the purchase of an annuity in lieu of periodic payments of support.

(2) The administrative support order shall require the parents to provide for the health care needs of the child in accordance with section 3111.241 of the Revised Code.

The administrative support order shall include a notice stating that the mother or the father may object to the administrative order by bringing an action for the payment of support and provision for the child's health care under section 2151.321 of the Revised Code in the juvenile court of the county in which the child or the guardian or legal custodian of the child resides, that the action may be brought no later than thirty days after the date of the issuance of the administrative support order, and that, if neither the mother nor the father brings an action for the payment of support and provision for the child's health care within that thirty-day period, the administrative support order is final and enforceable by a court and may be modified and enforced only as provided in sections 3111.20 to 3111.28 and 3113.21 to 3113.219 of the Revised Code.

Sec. 3113.21.  (A)(1) In any action in which support is ordered under Chapter 3115. or under section 2151.23, 2151.231, 2151.232, 2151.33, 2151.36, 2151.49, 3105.18, 3105.21, 3109.05, 3109.19, 3111.13, 3113.04, 3113.07, 3113.216, or 3113.31 of the Revised Code, the court shall require the withholding or deduction of income or assets of the obligor in accordance with division (D) of this section or require the issuance of another type of appropriate court order in accordance with division (D)(3) or (4) or (H) of this section to ensure that withholding or deduction from the income or assets of the obligor is available from the commencement of the support order for the collection of the support and any arrearages that occur. The court shall determine the specific withholding or deduction requirements or other appropriate requirements applicable to the obligor under the support order in accordance with divisions (D) and (H) of this section and section 2301.371 of the Revised Code and shall include the specific requirements in the notices described in divisions (A)(2) and (D) of this section or in the court orders described in divisions (A)(2), (D)(3) or (4), and (H) of this section. Any person required to comply with any withholding or deduction requirement shall determine the manner of withholding or deducting from the specific requirement included in the notices described in those divisions without the need for any amendment to the support order, and any person required to comply with a court order described in division (D)(3), (D)(4), or (H) of this section shall comply with the court order without the need for any amendment to the support order. The court shall include in any action in which support is ordered as described in division (A)(1) of this section a general provision that states the following:

"All child support and spousal support under this order shall be withheld or deducted from the income or assets of the obligor pursuant to a withholding or deduction notice or appropriate court order issued in accordance with section 3113.21 of the Revised Code or a withdrawal directive issued pursuant to section 3113.214 of the Revised Code and shall be forwarded to the obligee in accordance with sections 3113.21 to 3113.213 of the Revised Code."

(2) In any action in which support is ordered or modified as described in division (A)(1) of this section, the court shall determine in accordance with divisions (D) and (H) of this section the types of withholding or deduction requirements or other appropriate requirements that should be imposed relative to the obligor under the support order to collect the support due under the order. Within fifteen days after the obligor under the support order is located subsequent to the issuance of the support order or within fifteen days after the default under the support order, whichever is applicable, the court or the child support enforcement agency, as determined by agreement of the court and the agency, shall send a notice by regular mail to each person required to comply with a withholding or deduction requirement. The notice shall specify the withholding or deduction requirement and shall contain all of the information set forth in division (D)(1)(b) or (2)(b) of this section that is applicable to the requirement. If the appropriate requirement is an order of the type described in division (D)(3), (D)(4), or (H) of this section, the court shall issue and send a court order in accordance with that division. The notices and court orders, and the notices provided by the court or child support enforcement agency that require the obligor to notify the agency of any change in the obligor's employment status or of any other change in the status of the obligor's assets, are final and are enforceable by the court. When the court or agency issues a notice, it shall provide the notice to the obligor in accordance with division (D)(1)(c) or (D)(2)(c) of this section, whichever is applicable, and shall include with the notice the additional notices described in the particular division that is applicable.

(3)(a) If support is ordered or modified on or after December 31, 1993, under Chapter 3115. or under section 2151.23, 2151.231, 2151.232, 2151.33, 2151.36, 2151.49, 3105.18, 3105.21, 3109.05, 3109.19, 3111.13, 3113.04, 3113.07, 3113.216, or 3113.31 of the Revised Code, if the court has determined in accordance with division (A)(2) of this section the types of withholding or deduction requirements or other appropriate requirements that should be imposed relative to the obligor under the support order to collect the support due under the order, if the court or a child support enforcement agency has mailed the appropriate notice to the person required to comply with the withholding or deduction requirements that the court has determined should be imposed or the court has issued and sent a court order described in division (D)(3), (D)(4), or (H) of this section containing the other appropriate requirements that the court determined should be imposed, and if the child support enforcement agency is notified or otherwise determines that the employment status or other circumstances of the obligor have changed and that it is more appropriate to impose another type of or an additional withholding or deduction requirement or another type of or additional court order containing another appropriate requirement, the agency immediately shall comply with section 3113.212 of the Revised Code. The notices and court orders issued under this division and section 3113.212 of the Revised Code, and the notices provided by the court or child support enforcement agency that require the obligor to notify the agency of any change in the obligor's employment status or of any other change in the status of the obligor's assets, are final and are enforceable by the court.

(b) All orders for support issued prior to December 31, 1993, under Chapter 3115. or under section 2151.23, 2151.231, 2151.33, 2151.36, 2151.49, 3105.18, 3105.21, 3109.05, 3109.19, 3111.13, 3113.04, 3113.07, 3113.216, or 3113.31 of the Revised Code that have not been modified or subject to division (B) of this section regarding a default under the order on or after that date shall be considered to contain the general provision described in division (A)(1) of this section and shall be enforced and modified in the same manner as an order for support issued on or after December 31, 1993.

(4) The department of job and family services shall adopt standard forms for the support withholding and deduction notices that are prescribed by divisions (A)(1) to (3) and (B) of this section. All courts and child support enforcement agencies shall use the forms in issuing withholding and deduction notices in compliance with this section.

(B)(1)(a) In any action in which support is ordered under Chapter 3115. or under section 2151.23, 2151.231, 2151.232, 2151.33, 2151.36, 2151.49, 3105.18, 3105.21, 3109.05, 3109.19, 3111.13, 3111.20, 3111.211, 3111.22, 3113.04, 3113.07, 3113.216, or 3113.31 of the Revised Code and in which there has been a default under the order, the court shall comply with divisions (B)(1) to (6) of this section.

If the support was ordered prior to December 31, 1993, or pursuant to section 3111.20, 3111.211, or 3111.22 of the Revised Code, the court that issued the order, or in the case of an order pursuant to section 3111.20, 3111.211, or 3111.22 of the Revised Code, the common pleas court of the county in which the child support enforcement agency that issued the order is located, shall reissue the support order under which there has been a default and shall include in the reissued order a general provision as described in this division requiring the withholding or deduction of income or assets of the obligor in accordance with division (D) of this section or requiring the issuance of a court order containing another type of appropriate requirement in accordance with division (D)(3), (D)(4), or (H) of this section to ensure that withholding or deduction from the income or assets is available for the collection of current support and any arrearages that occur. If the support was ordered pursuant to section 3111.20, 3111.211, or 3111.22 of the Revised Code and the support order includes a general provision similar to the one described in this division, the court shall replace the similar general provision with the general provision described in this division. Except for the inclusion or replacement of the general provision, the provisions of the reissued order required under this division shall be identical to those of the support order under which there has been a default.

When support has been ordered under any chapter or section described in this division, the child support enforcement agency shall initiate support withholding when the order is in default. Immediately after the identification of a default under the support order, the child support enforcement agency shall conduct the investigation described in division (B)(1)(b) of this section. Additionally, within fifteen calendar days after the identification of a default under the support order, the child support enforcement agency shall investigate the default and, if it is before July 1, 1999, send advance notice to the obligor. On and after that date, the division of child support in the department of human services shall send the advance notice to the obligor. The advance notice shall include a notice describing the actions that may be taken against the obligor pursuant to sections 2301.353, 2301.373, 2301.374, 2301.375, 2301.42 to 2301.45, and 3113.214 of the Revised Code if the court or agency makes a final and enforceable determination that the obligor is in default pursuant to this division. If the location of the obligor is unknown at the time of the identification of a default under the support order, the division shall send the advance notice to the obligor within fifteen days after the agency locates the obligor. The general provision for the withholding or deduction of income or assets to be included in the reissued support order specifically shall include the following statement:

"All child support and spousal support under this order shall be withheld or deducted from the income or assets of the obligor pursuant to a withholding or deduction notice or appropriate court order issued in accordance with section 3113.21 of the Revised Code or a withdrawal directive issued pursuant to section 3113.214 of the Revised Code and shall be forwarded to the obligee in accordance with sections 3113.21 to 3113.213 of the Revised Code."

(b) After the identification of a default under a support order as described in division (B)(1)(a) of this section, the child support enforcement agency immediately shall conduct an investigation to determine the employment status of the obligor, the obligor's social security number, the name and business address of the obligor's employer, whether the obligor is in default under a support order, the amount of any arrearages, and any other information necessary to enable the court or agency to impose any withholding or deduction requirements and issue the related notices described in division (D) of this section or to issue any court orders described in division (D)(3) or (4) of this section. The agency also shall conduct an investigation under this division when required by division (C)(1)(a) or (b) of this section, shall complete the investigation within twenty days after the obligor or obligee files the motion with the court under division (C)(1)(a) of this section or the court orders the investigation under division (C)(1)(b) of this section.

(2) An advance notice to an obligor required by division (B)(1) of this section shall contain all of the following:

(a) A statement of the date on which the advance notice is sent, the amount of arrearages owed by the obligor as determined by the court or the child support enforcement agency, the types of withholding or deduction requirements and related notices described in division (D) of this section or the types of court orders described in division (D)(3), (D)(4), or (H) of this section that will be issued to pay support and any arrearages, and the amount that will be withheld or deducted pursuant to those requirements;

(b) A statement that any notice for the withholding or deduction of an amount from income or assets apply to all current and subsequent payors of the obligor and financial institutions in which the obligor has an account and that any withholding or deduction requirement and related notice described in division (D) of this section or any court order described in division (D)(3), (D)(4), or (H) of this section that is issued will not be discontinued solely because the obligor pays any arrearages;

(c) An explanation of the administrative and court action that will take place if the obligor contests the inclusion of any of the provisions;

(d) A statement that the contents of the advance notice are final and are enforceable by the court unless the obligor files with the child support enforcement agency, within seven days after the date on which the advance notice is sent, a written request for an administrative hearing to determine if a mistake of fact was made in the notice.

(3) If the obligor requests a hearing regarding the advance notice in accordance with division (B)(2)(d) of this section, the child support enforcement agency shall conduct an administrative hearing no later than ten days after the date on which the obligor files the request for the hearing. No later than five days before the date on which the hearing is to be conducted, the agency shall send the obligor and the obligee written notice of the date, time, place, and purpose of the hearing. The notice to the obligor and obligee also shall indicate that the obligor may present testimony and evidence at the hearing only in regard to the issue of whether a mistake of fact was made in the advance notice.

At the hearing, the child support enforcement agency shall determine whether a mistake of fact was made in the advance notice. If it determines that a mistake of fact was made, the agency shall determine the provisions that should be changed and included in a corrected notice and shall correct the advance notice accordingly. The agency shall send its determinations to the obligor. The agency's determinations are final and are enforceable by the court unless, within seven days after the agency makes its determinations, the obligor files a written motion with the court for a court hearing to determine if a mistake of fact still exists in the advance notice or corrected advance notice.

(4) If, within seven days after the agency makes its determinations under division (B)(3) of this section, the obligor files a written motion for a court hearing to determine if a mistake of fact still exists in the advance notice or the corrected advance notice, the court shall hold a hearing on the request as soon as possible, but no later than ten days, after the request is filed. If the obligor requests a court hearing, no later than five days before the date on which the court hearing is to be held, the court shall send the obligor and the obligee written notice by ordinary mail of the date, time, place, and purpose of the court hearing. The hearing shall be limited to a determination of whether there is a mistake of fact in the advance notice or the corrected advance notice.

If, at a hearing conducted under this division, the court detects a mistake of fact in the advance notice or the corrected advance notice, it immediately shall correct the notice.

(5) Upon exhaustion of all rights of the obligor to contest the withholding or deduction on the basis of a mistake of fact and no later than the expiration of forty-five days after the issuance of the advance notice under division (B)(1) of this section, the court or child support enforcement agency shall issue one or more notices requiring withholding or deduction of income or assets of the obligor in accordance with divisions (A)(2) and (D) of this section, or the court shall issue one or more court orders imposing other appropriate requirements in accordance with division (A)(2) and division (D)(3), (D)(4), or (H) of this section. Thereafter, section 3113.212 of the Revised Code applies in relation to the issuance of the notices and court orders. The notices and court orders issued under this division or section 3113.212 of the Revised Code are final and are enforceable by the court. The court or agency shall send to the obligor by ordinary mail a copy of the withholding or deduction notice, in accordance with division (D) of this section. The failure of the court or agency to give the notice required by this division does not affect the ability of any court to issue any notice or order under this section or any other section of the Revised Code for the payment of support, does not provide any defense to any notice or order for the payment of support that is issued under this section or any other section of the Revised Code, and does not affect any obligation to pay support.

(6) The department of job and family services shall adopt standard forms for the advance notice prescribed by divisions (B)(1) to (5) of this section. All courts and child support enforcement agencies shall use those forms, and the support withholding and deduction notice forms adopted under division (A)(4) of this section, in complying with this section.

(C)(1) In any action in which support is ordered under Chapter 3115. or under section 2151.23, 2151.231, 2151.232, 2151.33, 2151.36, 2151.49, 3105.18, 3105.21, 3109.05, 3109.19, 3111.13, 3113.04, 3113.07, 3113.216, or 3113.31 of the Revised Code, all of the following apply:

(a) The obligor or obligee under the order may file a motion with the court that issued the order requesting the issuance of one or more withholding or deduction notices as described in division (D) of this section to pay the support due under the order. The motion may be filed at any time after the support order is issued. Upon the filing of a motion pursuant to this division, the child support enforcement agency immediately shall conduct, and shall complete within twenty days after the motion is filed, an investigation in accordance with division (B)(1)(b) of this section. Upon the completion of the investigation and the filing of the agency's report under division (B)(1)(b) of this section, the court shall issue one or more appropriate orders described in division (D) of this section.

(b) If any proceedings involving the support order are commenced in the court and if the court has not issued any orders under division (D) of this section as it existed prior to December 31, 1993, with respect to the support order, if the court determines that any orders issued under division (D) of this section as it existed prior to December 31, 1993, no longer are appropriate, if the court on or after December 31, 1993, has not modified or reissued the support order under division (A) or (B) of this section and issued any notices under division (D) or court orders under division (D)(3) or (4) of this section, or if the court on or after December 31, 1993, has modified or reissued the support order under division (A) or (B) of this section and issued one or more notices under division (D) or one or more court orders under division (D)(3) or (4) of this section but determines that the notices or court orders no longer are appropriate, the court, prior to or during any hearings held with respect to the proceedings and prior to the conclusion of the proceedings, shall order the child support enforcement agency to conduct an investigation pursuant to division (B)(1)(b) of this section. Upon the filing of the findings of the agency following the investigation, the court, as necessary, shall issue one or more notices described in division (D) or one or more court orders described in division (D)(3) or (4) of this section or modify any notices previously issued under division (D) or any court orders previously issued under division (D)(3) or (4) of this section.

(c)(i) If a child support enforcement agency, in accordance with section 3113.216 of the Revised Code, requests the court to issue a revised child support order in accordance with a revised amount of child support calculated by the agency, the court shall proceed as described in this division. If neither the obligor nor the obligee requests a court hearing on the revised amount of child support, the court shall issue a revised child support order requiring the obligor to pay the revised amount of child support calculated by the agency. However, if the obligor or the obligee requests a court hearing on the revised amount of child support calculated by the agency, the court, in accordance with division (C)(1)(c)(ii) of this section, shall schedule and conduct a hearing to determine if the revised amount of child support is the appropriate amount and if the amount of child support being paid under the child support order otherwise should be revised.

(ii) If the court is required to schedule and conduct a hearing pursuant to division (C)(1)(c)(i) of this section, the court shall give the obligor, obligee, and agency at least thirty days' notice of the date, time, and location of the hearing; order the obligor to provide the court with a copy of the obligor's federal income tax return from the previous year, a copy of all pay stubs obtained by the obligor within the preceding six months, a copy of all other records evidencing the receipt of any other salary, wages, or compensation by the obligor within the preceding six months, a list of the group health insurance and health care policies, contracts, and plans available to the obligor and their costs, and the current health insurance or health care policy, contract, or plan under which the obligor is enrolled and its cost, if the obligor failed to provide any of those documents to the agency, and order the obligee to provide the court with a copy of the obligee's federal income tax return from the previous year, a copy of all pay stubs obtained by the obligee within the preceding six months, a copy of all other records evidencing the receipt of any other salary, wages, or compensation by the obligee within the preceding six months, a list of the group health insurance and health care policies, contracts, and plans available to the obligee and their costs, and the current health insurance or health care policy, contract, or plan under which the obligee is enrolled and its cost, if the obligee failed to provide any of those documents to the agency; give the obligor and the obligee notice that any willful failure to comply with that court order is contempt of court and, upon a finding by the court that the party is in contempt of court, the court and the agency will take any action necessary to obtain the information or make any reasonable assumptions necessary with respect to the information the person in contempt of court did not provide to ensure a fair and equitable review of the child support order; issue a revised child support order requiring the obligor to pay the revised amount of child support calculated by the agency, if the court determines at the hearing that the revised amount of child support calculated by the agency is the appropriate amount; and determine the appropriate amount of child support and, if necessary, issue a revised child support order requiring the obligor to pay the amount of child support determined by the court, if the court determines that the revised amount of child support calculated by the agency is not the appropriate amount.

(iii) In determining, at a hearing conducted under divisions (C)(1)(c)(i) and (ii) of this section, the appropriate amount of child support to be paid by the obligor, the court shall consider, in addition to all other factors required by law to be considered, the appropriate person, whether it is the obligor, obligee, or both, to be required in accordance with section 3113.217 of the Revised Code to provide health insurance coverage for the children specified in the order, and the cost of health insurance which the obligor, the obligee, or both have been ordered in accordance with section 3113.217 of the Revised Code to obtain for the children specified in the order.

(d)(i) An obligee under a child support order may file a motion with the court that issued the order requesting the court to modify the order to require the obligor to obtain health insurance coverage for the children who are the subject of the order, and an obligor under a child support order may file a motion with the court that issued the order requesting the court to modify the order to require the obligee to obtain health insurance coverage for those children. Upon the filing of such a motion, the court shall order the child support enforcement agency to conduct an investigation to determine whether the obligor or obligee has satisfactory health insurance coverage for the children. Upon completion of its investigation, the agency shall inform the court, in writing, of its determination. If the court determines that neither the obligor nor the obligee has satisfactory health insurance coverage for the children, it shall modify the child support order in accordance with section 3113.217 of the Revised Code.

(ii) An obligor or obligee under a child support order may file a motion with the court that issued the order requesting the court to modify the amount of child support required to be paid under the order because that amount does not adequately cover the medical needs of the child. Upon the filing of such a motion, the court shall determine whether the amount of child support required to be paid under the order adequately covers the medical needs of the child and whether to modify the order, in accordance with division (B)(4) of section 3113.215 of the Revised Code.

(e) Whenever a court modifies, reviews, or otherwise reconsiders a child support order, it may reconsider which parent may claim the children who are the subject of the child support order as dependents for federal income tax purposes as set forth in section 151 of the "Internal Revenue Code of 1986," 100 Stat. 2085, 26 U.S.C. 1, as amended, and shall issue its determination on this issue as part of the child support order. The court in its order may permit the parent who is not the residential parent and legal custodian to claim the children as dependents for federal income tax purposes only if the payments for child support are current in full as ordered by the court for the year in which the children will be claimed as dependents. If the court determines that the parent who is not the residential parent and legal custodian may claim the children as dependents for federal income tax purposes, it shall order the residential parent to take whatever action is necessary pursuant to section 152 of the "Internal Revenue Code of 1986," 100 Stat. 2085, 26 U.S.C. 1, as amended, to enable the parent who is not the residential parent and legal custodian to claim the children as dependents for federal income tax purposes in accordance with the order of the court. Any willful failure of the residential parent to comply with the order of the court is contempt of court.

(f) When issuing or modifying a child support order, the court shall include in the order all of the requirements, specifications, and statements described in division (B) of section 3113.218 of the Revised Code. If the obligor or obligee does not request a court hearing on the revised amount of child support determined by the agency and filed with the court pursuant to section 3113.216 of the Revised Code and the court modifies the order to include the revised amount pursuant to division (C)(1)(c)(i) of this section, the modification shall relate back to the first day of the month following the date certain on which the review of the child support order began pursuant to division (C)(1)(a) of section 3113.216 of the Revised Code. If the obligor or obligee requests a court hearing on the revised amount of child support pursuant to this section and section 3113.216 of the Revised Code and the court, after conducting a hearing, modifies the child support amount under the order, the modification shall relate back to the first day of the month following the date certain on which the review of the child support order began pursuant to division (C)(1)(a) of section 3113.216 of the Revised Code.

(2) In any action in which a support order is issued under Chapter 3115. or under section 2151.23, 2151.231, 2151.232, 2151.33, 2151.36, 2151.49, 3105.18, 3105.21, 3109.05, 3109.19, 3111.13, 3113.04, 3113.07, 3113.216, or 3113.31 of the Revised Code, the court issuing the order also shall conduct a hearing, prior to or at the time of the issuance of the support order, to determine the employment status of the obligor, the obligor's social security number, the name and business address of the obligor's employer, and any other information necessary to enable the court or a child support enforcement agency to issue any withholding or deduction notice described in division (D) of this section or for the court to issue a court order described in division (D)(3) or (4) of this section. The court, prior to the hearing, shall give the obligor notice of the hearing that shall include the date on which the notice is given and notice that the obligor is subject to a requirement for the withholding of a specified amount from income if employed and to one or more other types of withholding or deduction requirements described in division (D) of this section or one or more types of court orders described in division (D)(3) or (4) of this section and that the obligor may present evidence and testimony at the hearing to prove that any of the requirements would not be proper because of a mistake of fact.

The court or child support enforcement agency, immediately upon the court's completion of the hearing, shall issue one or more of the types of notices described in division (D) of this section imposing a withholding or deduction requirement, or the court shall issue one or more types of court orders described in division (D)(3) or (4) of this section.

(D) If a court or child support enforcement agency is required under division (A), (B), or (C) of this section or any other section of the Revised Code to issue one or more withholding or deduction notices described in this division or court orders described in division (D)(3) or (4) of this section, the court shall issue one or more of the following types of notices or court orders, or the agency shall issue one or more of the following types of notices to pay the support required under the support order in question and also, if required by any of those divisions, any other section of the Revised Code, or the court, to pay any arrearages:

(1)(a) If the court or the child support enforcement agency determines that the obligor is receiving income from a payor, the court or agency shall require the obligor's payor to withhold from the obligor's income a specified amount for support in satisfaction of the support order, to begin the withholding no later than fourteen working days following the date the notice was mailed to the employer under divisions (A)(2) or (B) and (D)(1)(b) of this section or, if the payor is an employer, no later than the first pay period that occurs after fourteen working days following the date the notice was mailed, to send the amount withheld to the division of child support in the department of job and family services pursuant to section 5101.325 of the Revised Code, to send that amount to the division immediately but not later than seven days after the date the obligor is paid, and to continue the withholding at intervals specified in the notice until further notice from the court or child support enforcement agency. To the extent possible, the amount specified in the notice to be withheld shall satisfy the amount ordered for support in the support order plus any arrearages that may be owed by the obligor under any prior support order that pertained to the same child or spouse, notwithstanding any applicable limitations of sections 2329.66, 2329.70, 2716.02, 2716.041, and 2716.05 of the Revised Code. However, in no case shall the sum of the amount specified in the notice to be withheld and any fee withheld by the payor as a charge for its services exceed the maximum amount permitted under section 303(b) of the "Consumer Credit Protection Act," 15 U.S.C. 1673(b).

(b) If the court or agency imposes a withholding requirement under division (D)(1)(a) of this section, it, within the applicable period of time specified in division (A), (B), or (C) of this section, shall send to the obligor's payor by regular mail a notice that contains all of the information set forth in divisions (D)(1)(b)(i) to (xi) of this section. The notice is final and is enforceable by the court. The notice shall contain all of the following:

(i) The amount to be withheld from the obligor's income and a statement that the amount actually withheld for support and other purposes, including the fee described in division (D)(1)(b)(xi) of this section, shall not be in excess of the maximum amounts permitted under section 303(b) of the "Consumer Credit Protection Act," 15 U.S.C. 1673(b);

(ii) A statement that the payor is required to send the amount withheld to the division of child support immediately, but not later than seven working days, after the obligor is paid and is required to report to the agency the date on which the amount was withheld from the obligor's income;

(iii) A statement that the withholding is binding upon the payor until further notice from the agency;

(iv) A statement that if the payor is an employer, the payor is subject to a fine to be determined under the law of this state for discharging the obligor from employment, refusing to employ the obligor, or taking any disciplinary action against the obligor because of the withholding requirement;

(v) A statement that, if the payor fails to withhold income in accordance with the provisions of the notice, the payor is liable for the accumulated amount the payor should have withheld from the obligor's income;

(vi) A statement that the withholding in accordance with the notice and under the provisions of this section has priority over any other legal process under the law of this state against the same income;

(vii) The date on which the notice was mailed and a statement that the payor is required to implement the withholding no later than fourteen working days following the date the notice was mailed or, if the payor is an employer, no later than the first pay period that occurs after fourteen working days following the date the notice was mailed and is required to continue the withholding at the intervals specified in the notice;

(viii) A requirement that the payor promptly notify the child support enforcement agency, in writing, within ten working days after the date of any situation that occurs including termination of employment, layoff of the obligor from employment, any leave of absence of the obligor from employment without pay, termination of workers' compensation benefits, or termination of any pension, annuity, allowance, or retirement benefit, in which the payor ceases to pay income in an amount sufficient to comply with the order to the obligor, provide the agency with the obligor's last known address, notify the agency of any new employer or income source, if known, and provide the agency with any new employer's or income source's name, address, and telephone number, if known;

(ix) A requirement that, if the payor is an employer, the payor identify in the notification given under division (D)(1)(b)(viii) of this section any types of benefits other than personal earnings that the obligor is receiving or is eligible to receive as a benefit of employment or as a result of the obligor's termination of employment, including, but not limited to, unemployment compensation, workers' compensation benefits, severance pay, sick leave, lump-sum payments of retirement benefits or contributions, and bonuses or profit-sharing payments or distributions, and the amount of such benefits, and include in the notification the obligor's last known address and telephone number, date of birth, social security number, and court case number and, if known, the name and business address of any new employer of the obligor;

(x) A requirement that, no later than the earlier of forty-five days before the lump-sum payment is to be made or, if the obligor's right to the lump-sum payment is determined less than forty-five days before it is to be made, the date on which that determination is made, the payor notify the child support enforcement agency of any lump-sum payments of any kind of one hundred fifty dollars or more that are to be paid to the obligor, hold the lump-sum payments of one hundred fifty dollars or more for thirty days after the date on which the lump-sum payments otherwise would have been paid to the obligor and, upon order of the court, pay any specified amount of the lump-sum payment to the division of child support;

(xi) A statement that, in addition to the amount withheld for support, the payor may withhold a fee from the obligor's income as a charge for its services in complying with the notice and a specification of the amount that may be withheld.

(c) The court or agency shall send the notice described in division (D)(1)(b) of this section to the obligor and shall attach to the notice an additional notice requiring the obligor immediately to notify the child support enforcement agency, in writing, of any change in the obligor's income source and of the availability of any other sources of income that can be the subject of any withholding or deduction requirement described in division (D) of this section. The court or agency shall serve the notices upon the obligor at the same time as service of the support order or, if the support order previously has been issued, shall send the notices to the obligor by regular mail at the last known address at the same time that it sends the notice described in division (D)(1)(b) of this section to the payor. The notification required of the obligor shall include a description of the nature of any new employment or income source, the name, business address, and telephone number of any new employer or income source, and any other information reasonably required by the court. No obligor shall fail to give the notification required by division (D)(1)(c) of this section.

(2)(a) If the court or child support enforcement agency determines that the obligor has funds on deposit in any account in a financial institution under the jurisdiction of the court, the court or agency may require any financial institution in which the obligor's funds are on deposit to deduct from the obligor's account a specified amount for support in satisfaction of the support order, to begin the deduction no later than fourteen working days following the date the notice was mailed to the financial institution under divisions (A)(2) or (B) and (D)(2)(b) of this section, to send the amount deducted to the division of child support in the department of job and family services pursuant to section 5101.325 of the Revised Code, to send that amount to the division immediately but not later than seven working days after the date the latest deduction was made, to provide the date on which the amount was deducted, and to continue the deduction at intervals specified in the notice until further notice from the court or child support enforcement agency. To the extent possible, the amount specified in the notice to be deducted shall satisfy the amount ordered for support in the support order plus any arrearages that may be owed by the obligor under any prior support order that pertained to the same child or spouse, notwithstanding the limitations of sections 2329.66, 2329.70, and 2716.13 of the Revised Code.

(b) If the court or agency imposes a withholding requirement under division (D)(2)(a) of this section, it, within the applicable period of time specified in division (A), (B), or (C) of this section, shall send to the financial institution by regular mail a notice that contains all of the information set forth in divisions (D)(2)(b)(i) to (viii) of this section. The notice is final and is enforceable by the court. The notice shall contain all of the following:

(i) The amount to be deducted from the obligor's account;

(ii) A statement that the financial institution is required to send the amount deducted to the division of child support immediately, but not later than seven working days, after the date the last deduction was made and is required to report to the child support enforcement agency the date on which the amount was deducted from the obligor's account;

(iii) A statement that the deduction is binding upon the financial institution until further notice from the court or agency;

(iv) A statement that the withholding in accordance with the notice and under the provisions of this section has priority over any other legal process under the law of this state against the same account;

(v) The date on which the notice was mailed and a statement that the financial institution is required to implement the deduction no later than fourteen working days following the date the notice was mailed and is required to continue the deduction at the intervals specified in the notice;

(vi) A requirement that the financial institution promptly notify the child support enforcement agency, in writing, within ten days after the date of any termination of the account from which the deduction is being made and notify the agency, in writing, of the opening of a new account at that financial institution, the account number of the new account, the name of any other known financial institutions in which the obligor has any accounts, and the numbers of those accounts;

(vii) A requirement that the financial institution include in all notices the obligor's last known mailing address, last known residence address, and social security number;

(viii) A statement that, in addition to the amount deducted for support, the financial institution may deduct a fee from the obligor's account as a charge for its services in complying with the notice and a specification of the amount that may be deducted.

(c) The court or agency shall send the notice described in division (D)(2)(b) of this section to the obligor and shall attach to the notice an additional notice requiring the obligor immediately to notify the child support enforcement agency, in writing, of any change in the status of the account from which the amount of support is being deducted or the opening of a new account with any financial institution, of commencement of employment, including self-employment, or of the availability of any other sources of income that can be the subject of any withholding or deduction requirement described in division (D) of this section. The court or agency shall serve the notices upon the obligor at the same time as service of the support order or, if the support order previously has been issued, shall send the notices to the obligor by regular mail at the last known address at the same time that it sends the notice described in division (D)(2)(b) of this section to the financial institution. The additional notice also shall specify that upon commencement of employment, the obligor may request the court or child support enforcement agency to cancel its financial institution account deduction notice and instead issue a notice requiring the withholding of an amount from personal earnings for support in accordance with division (D)(1) of this section and that upon commencement of employment the court may cancel its financial institution account deduction notice under division (D)(2)(b) of this section and instead will issue a notice requiring the withholding of an amount from personal earnings for support in accordance with division (D)(1) of this section. The notification required of the obligor shall include a description of the nature of any new accounts opened at a financial institution under the jurisdiction of the court, the name and business address of that financial institution, a description of the nature of any new employment or income source, the name, business address, and telephone number of any new employer or income source, and any other information reasonably required by the court.

(3) The court may issue an order requiring the obligor to enter into a cash bond with the court. The court shall issue the order as part of the support order or, if the support order previously has been issued, as a separate order. Any cash bond so required shall be in a sum fixed by the court at not less than five hundred nor more than ten thousand dollars, conditioned that the obligor will make payment as previously ordered and will pay any arrearages under any prior support order that pertained to the same child or spouse. The order, along with an additional order requiring the obligor to immediately notify the child support enforcement agency, in writing, if the obligor begins to receive income from a payor, shall be attached to, and shall be served upon the obligor at the same time as service of, the support order or, if the support order previously has been issued, as soon as possible after the issuance of the order under this division. The additional order also shall specify that when the obligor begins to receive income from a payor the obligor may request the court to cancel its bond order and instead issue a notice requiring the withholding of an amount from income for support in accordance with division (D)(1) of this section and that when the obligor begins to receive income from a payor the court will proceed to collect on the bond, if the court determines that payments due under the support order have not been made and that the amount that has not been paid is at least equal to the support owed for one month under the support order, and will issue a notice requiring the withholding of an amount from income for support in accordance with division (D)(1) of this section. The notification required of the obligor shall include a description of the nature of any new employment, the name and business address of any new employer, and any other information reasonably required by the court.

The court shall not order an obligor to post a cash bond under this division unless the court determines that the obligor has the ability to do so. A child support enforcement agency shall not issue an order of the type described in this division. If a child support enforcement agency is required to issue a withholding or deduction notice under division (D) of this section but the agency determines that no notice of the type described in division (D)(1) or (2) of this section would be appropriate, the agency may request the court to issue a court order under this division, and, upon the request, the court may issue an order as described in this division.

(4) If the obligor is unemployed, has no income, and does not have an account at any financial institution, or on request of a child support enforcement agency made under section 3111.231 of the Revised Code, the court shall issue an order requiring the obligor, if able to engage in employment, to seek employment or participate in a work activity to which a recipient of assistance under Title IV-A of the "Social Security Act," 49 Stat. 620 (1935), 42 U.S.C.A. 301, as amended, may be assigned as specified in section 407(d) of the "Social Security Act," 42 U.S.C.A. 607(d), as amended. The court shall include in the order a requirement that the obligor notify the child support enforcement agency upon obtaining employment, upon obtaining any income, or upon obtaining ownership of any asset with a value of five hundred dollars or more. The court may issue the order regardless of whether the obligee to whom the obligor owes support is a recipient of assistance under Title IV-A of the "Social Security Act." The court shall issue the order as part of a support order or, if a support order previously has been issued, as a separate order. If a child support enforcement agency is required to issue a withholding or deduction notice under division (D) of this section but the agency determines that no notice of the type described in division (D)(1) or (2) of this section would be appropriate, the agency may request the court to issue a court order under division (D)(4) of this section, and, upon the request, the court may issue an order as described in division (D)(4) of this section.

If an obligor is ordered to participate in a work activity, the child support enforcement agency of the county in which the obligor resides shall oversee the obligor's participation in accordance with rules the director of job and family services shall adopt in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code. A child support enforcement agency may contract with one or more governmental agencies or persons to carry out some or all of its oversight duties.

(E) If a court or child support enforcement agency is required under division (A), (B), or (C) of this section or any other section of the Revised Code to issue one or more notices or court orders described in division (D) of this section, the court or agency to the extent possible shall issue a sufficient number of notices or court orders under division (D) of this section to provide that the aggregate amount withheld or deducted under those notices or court orders satisfies the amount ordered for support in the support order plus any arrearages that may be owed by the obligor under any prior support order that pertained to the same child or spouse, notwithstanding any applicable limitations of sections 2329.66, 2329.70, 2716.02, 2716.041, 2716.05, 2716.13, and 4123.67 of the Revised Code. However, in no case shall the aggregate amount withheld pursuant to a withholding notice issued under division (D)(1) of this section and any fees withheld pursuant to the notice as a charge for services exceed the maximum amount permitted under section 303(b) of the "Consumer Credit Protection Act," 15 U.S.C. 1673(b).

(F)(1) Any withholding or deduction requirement that is contained in a notice described in division (D) of this section and that is required to be issued by division (A), (B), or (C) of this section or any other section of the Revised Code has priority over any order of attachment, any order in aid of execution, and any other legal process issued under state law against the same earnings, payments, or account.

(2) When a payor receives two or more withholding notices that are described in division (D)(1) of this section and that are required to be issued by division (A), (B), or (C) of this section or any other section of the Revised Code, the payor shall comply with all of the requirements contained in the notices to the extent that the total amount withheld from the obligor's income does not exceed the maximum amount permitted under section 303(b) of the "Consumer Credit Protection Act," 15 U.S.C. 1673(b), withhold amounts in accordance with the allocation set forth in divisions (F)(2)(a) and (b) of this section, notify each court or child support enforcement agency that issued one of the notices of the allocation, and give priority to amounts designated in each notice as current support in the following manner:

(a) If the total of the amounts designated in the notices as current support exceeds the amount available for withholding under section 303(b) of the "Consumer Credit Protection Act," 15 U.S.C. 1673(b), the payor shall allocate to each notice an amount for current support equal to the amount designated in that notice as current support multiplied by a fraction in which the numerator is the amount of income available for withholding and the denominator is the total amount designated in all of the notices as current support.

(b) If the total of the amounts designated in the notices as current support does not exceed the amount available for withholding under section 303(b) of the "Consumer Credit Protection Act," 15 U.S.C. 1673(b), the payor shall pay all of the amounts designated as current support in the notices and shall allocate to each notice an amount for past-due support equal to the amount designated in that notice as past-due support multiplied by a fraction in which the numerator is the amount of income remaining available for withholding after the payment of current support and the denominator is the total amount designated in all of the notices as past-due support.

(G)(1) Except when a provision specifically authorizes or requires service other than as described in this division, service of any notice on any party, a financial institution, or payor, for purposes of division (A), (B), (C), or (D) of this section, shall be made by ordinary first class mail directed to the addressee at the last known address, or, in the case of a corporation, at its usual place of doing business. A notice shall be considered to have been served when it is mailed.

(2) Each party to a support order shall notify the child support enforcement agency of the party's current mailing address, current residence address, current residence telephone number, and current driver's license number, at the time of the issuance or modification of the order and, until further notice of the court that issues the order, shall notify the agency of any change in that information immediately after the change occurs. Any willful failure to comply with this division is contempt of court. No person shall fail to give the notice required by division (G)(2) of this section.

(3) Each support order, or modification of a support order, that is subject to this section shall contain a notice that states the following in boldfaced type and in all capital letters:

"EACH PARTY TO THIS SUPPORT ORDER MUST NOTIFY THE CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT AGENCY IN WRITING OF HIS OR HER CURRENT MAILING ADDRESS, CURRENT RESIDENCE ADDRESS, CURRENT RESIDENCE TELEPHONE NUMBER, CURRENT DRIVER'S LICENSE NUMBER, AND OF ANY CHANGES IN THAT INFORMATION. EACH PARTY MUST NOTIFY THE AGENCY OF ALL CHANGES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE FROM THE COURT. IF YOU ARE THE OBLIGOR UNDER A CHILD SUPPORT ORDER AND YOU FAIL TO MAKE THE REQUIRED NOTIFICATIONS YOU MAY BE FINED UP TO $50 FOR A FIRST OFFENSE, $100 FOR A SECOND OFFENSE, AND $500 FOR EACH SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE. IF YOU ARE AN OBLIGOR OR OBLIGEE UNDER ANY SUPPORT ORDER AND YOU WILLFULLY FAIL TO MAKE THE REQUIRED NOTIFICATIONS YOU MAY BE FOUND IN CONTEMPT OF COURT AND BE SUBJECTED TO FINES UP TO $1,000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR NOT MORE THAN 90 DAYS.

IF YOU ARE AN OBLIGOR AND YOU FAIL TO MAKE THE REQUIRED NOTIFICATIONS YOU MAY NOT RECEIVE NOTICE OF THE FOLLOWING ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS AGAINST YOU: IMPOSITION OF LIENS AGAINST YOUR PROPERTY; LOSS OF YOUR PROFESSIONAL OR OCCUPATIONAL LICENSE, DRIVER'S LICENSE, OR RECREATIONAL LICENSE; WITHHOLDING FROM YOUR INCOME; ACCESS RESTRICTION AND DEDUCTION FROM YOUR ACCOUNTS IN FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS; AND ANY OTHER ACTION PERMITTED BY LAW TO OBTAIN MONEY FROM YOU TO SATISFY YOUR SUPPORT OBLIGATION."

(4)(a) The parent who is the residential parent and legal custodian of a child for whom a support order is issued or the person who otherwise has custody of a child for whom a support order is issued immediately shall notify, and the obligor under a support order may notify, the child support enforcement agency of any reason for which the support order should terminate, including, but not limited to, the child's attainment of the age of majority if the child no longer attends an accredited high school on a full-time basis and the support order does not provide for the duty of support to continue past the age of majority; the child ceasing to attend such a high school on a full-time basis after attaining the age of majority, if the support order does not provide for the duty of support to continue past the age of majority; or the death, marriage, emancipation, enlistment in the armed services, deportation, or change of legal or physical custody of the child. A willful failure to notify the child support enforcement agency as required by this division is contempt of court. Upon receipt of a notice pursuant to this division, the agency immediately shall conduct an investigation to determine if any reason exists for which the support order should terminate. The agency may conduct such an investigation regardless of whether it received notice under this division. If the agency determines the order should terminate, it immediately shall notify the court that issued the support order of the reason for which the support order should terminate.

(b) Upon receipt of a notice given pursuant to division (G)(4)(a) of this section, the court shall order the division of child support to impound any funds received for the child pursuant to the support order and the court shall set the case for a hearing for a determination of whether the support order should be terminated or modified or whether the court should take any other appropriate action.

(c) If the court terminates a support order pursuant to divisions (G)(4)(a) and (b) of this section, the termination of the support order also terminates any withholding or deduction order as described in division (D) or (H) of this section issued prior to December 31, 1993, and any withholding or deduction notice as described in division (D) of this section or court order as described in division (D)(3), (D)(4), or (H) of this section issued on or after December 31, 1993. Upon the termination of any withholding or deduction order or any withholding or deduction notice, the court immediately shall notify the appropriate child support enforcement agency that the order or notice has been terminated, and the agency immediately shall notify each payor or financial institution required to withhold or deduct a sum of money for the payment of support under the terminated withholding or deduction order or notice that the order or notice has been terminated and that it is required to cease all withholding or deduction under the order or notice.

(d) The director of job and family services shall adopt rules that provide for both of the following:

(i) The return to the appropriate person of any funds that a court has ordered impounded under division (G)(4)(b) of this section if the support order under which the funds were paid has been terminated pursuant to divisions (G)(4)(a) and (b) of this section;

(ii) The return to the appropriate person of any other payments made pursuant to a support order if the payments were made at any time after the support order under which the funds were paid has been terminated pursuant to divisions (G)(4)(a) and (b) of this section.

(5) If any party to a support order requests a modification of the order or if any obligee under a support order or any person on behalf of the obligee files any action to enforce a support order, the court shall notify the child support enforcement agency that is administering the support order or that will administer the order after the court's determination of the request or the action, of the request or the filing.

(6) When a child support enforcement agency receives any notice under division (G) of section 2151.23, section 2301.37, division (E) of section 3105.18, division (C) of section 3105.21, division (A) of section 3109.05, division (F) of section 3111.13, division (B) of section 3113.04, section 3113.21, section 3113.211, section 3113.212, division (K) of section 3113.31, or division (C)(3) of section 3115.31 of the Revised Code, it shall issue the most appropriate notices under division (D) of this section. Additionally, it shall do all of the following:

(a) If the obligor is subject to a withholding notice issued under division (D)(1) of this section and the notice relates to the obligor's change of employment, send a withholding notice under that division to the new employer of the obligor as soon as the agency obtains knowledge of that employer;

(b) If the notification received by the agency specifies that a lump-sum payment of one hundred fifty dollars or more is to be paid to the obligor, notify the court of the receipt of the notice and its contents. The agency may notify the court if the notification specifies that a lump-sum payment of less than one hundred fifty dollars is to be paid to the obligor.

(c) Comply with section 3113.212 of the Revised Code, as appropriate.

(H)(1)(a) For purposes of division (D)(1) of this section, when a person who fails to comply with a support order that is subject to that division derives income from self-employment or commission, is employed by an employer not subject to the jurisdiction of the court, or is in any other employment situation that makes the application of that division impracticable, the court may require the person to enter into a cash bond to the court in a sum fixed by the court at not less than five hundred nor more than ten thousand dollars, conditioned that the person will make payment as previously ordered.

(b) When a court determines at a hearing conducted under division (B) of this section, or a child support enforcement agency determines at a hearing or pursuant to an investigation conducted under division (B) of this section, that the obligor under the order in relation to which the hearing or investigation is conducted is unemployed and has no other source of income and no assets so that the application of divisions (B) and (D) of this section would be impracticable, the court shall issue an order as described in division (D)(4) of this section and shall order the obligor to notify the child support enforcement agency in writing immediately of the receipt of any source of income or of the opening of an account in a financial institution, and to include in the notification a description of the nature of the employment or income source, the name, business address, and telephone number of the employer or income source, and any other information reasonably required by the court.

(2) When a court determines, at a hearing conducted under division (C)(2) of this section, that an obligor is unemployed, is not receiving workers' compensation payments, does not have an account in a financial institution, and has no other source of income and no assets so that the application of divisions (C)(2) and (D) of this section would be impracticable, the court shall issue an order as described in division (D)(4) of this section and shall order the obligor to notify the child support enforcement agency, in writing, immediately of the receipt of any source of income or of the opening of an account in a financial institution, and to include in the notification a description of the nature of the employment or income source, the name, business address, and telephone number of the employer or income source or the name, address, and telephone number of the financial institution, and any other information reasonably required by the court.

(3)(a) Upon receipt of a notice from a child support enforcement agency under division (G)(6) of this section that a lump-sum payment is to be paid to the obligor, the court shall do either of the following:

(i) If the obligor is in default under the support order or has any unpaid arrearages under the support order, issue an order requiring the transmittal of the lump-sum payment to the division of child support.

(ii) If the obligor is not in default under the support order and does not have any unpaid arrearages under the support order, issue an order directing the person who gave the notice to the court to immediately pay the full amount of the lump-sum payment to the obligor.

(b) Upon receipt of any moneys pursuant to division (H)(3)(a) of this section, the division of child support shall pay the amount of the lump-sum payment that is necessary to discharge all of the obligor's arrearages to the obligee and, within two business days after its receipt of the money, any amount that is remaining after the payment of the arrearages to the obligor.

(c) Any court that issued an order prior to December 1, 1986, requiring an employer to withhold an amount from an obligor's personal earnings for the payment of support shall issue a supplemental order that does not change the original order or the related support order requiring the employer to do all of the following:

(i) No later than the earlier of forty-five days before a lump-sum payment is to be made or, if the obligor's right to a lump-sum payment is determined less than forty-five days before it is to be made, the date on which that determination is made, notify the child support enforcement agency of any lump-sum payment of any kind of one hundred fifty dollars or more that is to be paid to the obligor;

(ii) Hold the lump-sum payment for thirty days after the date on which it would otherwise be paid to the obligor, if the lump-sum payment is sick pay, a lump-sum payment of retirement benefits or contributions, or profit-sharing payments or distributions;

(iii) Upon order of the court, pay any specified amount of the lump-sum payment to the division of child support.

(d) If an employer knowingly fails to notify the child support enforcement agency in accordance with division (D) of this section of any lump-sum payment to be made to an obligor, the employer is liable for any support payment not made to the obligee as a result of its knowing failure to give the notice as required by that division.

(I)(1) Any support order, or modification of a support order, that is subject to this section shall contain the date of birth and social security number of the obligor.

(2) No withholding or deduction notice described in division (D) of this section or court order described in division (D)(3) or (4) of this section shall contain any information other than the information specifically required by division (A), (B), (C), or (D) of this section or by any other section of the Revised Code and any additional information that the issuing court determines may be necessary to comply with the notice.

(J) No withholding or deduction notice described in division (D) of this section or court order described in division (D)(3) or (4) of this section and issued under division (A), (B), or (C) of this section or any other section of the Revised Code shall be terminated solely because the obligor pays any part or all of the arrearages under the support order.

(K)(1) Except as provided in division (K)(2) of this section and section 2301.42 of the Revised Code and the rules adopted pursuant to division (C) of that section, if child support arrearages are owed by an obligor to the obligee and to the department of job and family services, any payments received on the arrearages by the division of child support first shall be paid to the obligee until the arrearages owed to the obligee are paid in full.

(2) Division (K)(1) of this section does not apply to the collection of past-due child support from refunds of paid federal taxes pursuant to section 5101.32 of the Revised Code or of overdue child support from refunds of paid state income taxes pursuant to sections 5101.321 and 5747.121 of the Revised Code.

(L)(1) Each court with jurisdiction to issue support orders or orders establishing the existence or nonexistence of a parent and child relationship shall establish rules of court to ensure that the following percentage of all actions to establish the existence or nonexistence of a parent and child relationship, to establish a support requirement, or to modify a previously issued support order be completed within the following time limits:

(a) Seventy-five per cent of all of the actions shall be completed within six months after they were initially filed;

(b) Ninety per cent of all of the actions shall be completed within twelve months after they were initially filed.

(2) If a case involves complex legal issues requiring full judicial review, the court shall issue a temporary support order within the time limits set forth in division (L)(1) of this section, which temporary order shall be in effect until a final support order is issued in the case. All cases in which the imposition of a notice or order under division (D) of this section is contested shall be completed within the period of time specified by law for completion of the case. The failure of a court to complete a case within the required period does not affect the ability of any court to issue any order under this section or any other section of the Revised Code for the payment of support, does not provide any defense to any order for the payment of support that is issued under this section or any other section of the Revised Code, and does not affect any obligation to pay support.

(3)(a) In any Title IV-D case, the judge, when necessary to satisfy the federal requirement of expedited process for obtaining and enforcing support orders, shall appoint magistrates to make findings of fact and recommendations for the judge's approval in the case. All magistrates appointed pursuant to this division shall be attorneys admitted to the practice of law in this state. If the court appoints a magistrate pursuant to this division, the court may appoint any additional administrative and support personnel for the magistrate.

(b) Any magistrate appointed pursuant to division (L)(3)(a) of this section may perform any of the following functions:

(i) The taking of testimony and keeping of a record in the case;

(ii) The evaluation of evidence and the issuance of recommendations to establish, modify, and enforce support orders;

(iii) The acceptance of voluntary acknowledgments of support liability and stipulated agreements setting the amount of support to be paid;

(iv) The entering of default orders if the obligor does not respond to notices in the case within a reasonable time after the notices are issued;

(v) Any other functions considered necessary by the court.

(4) The child support enforcement agency may conduct administrative reviews of support orders to obtain voluntary notices or court orders under division (D) of this section and to correct any errors in the amount of any arrearages owed by an obligor. The obligor and the obligee shall be notified of the time, date, and location of the administrative review at least fourteen days before it is held.

(M)(1) The termination of a support obligation or a support order does not abate the power of any court to collect overdue and unpaid support or to punish any person for a failure to comply with an order of the court or to pay any support as ordered in the terminated support order and does not abate the authority of a child support enforcement agency to issue, in accordance with this section, any notice described in division (D) of this section or of a court to issue, in accordance with this section, any court order as described in division (D)(3) or (4) of this section to collect any support due or arrearage under the support order.

(2) Any court that has the authority to issue a support order shall have all powers necessary to enforce that support order, and all other powers, set forth in this section.

(3) Except as provided in division (M)(4) of this section, a court may not retroactively modify an obligor's duty to pay a delinquent support payment.

(4) A court with jurisdiction over a support order may modify an obligor's duty to pay a support payment that becomes due after notice of a petition to modify the support order has been given to each obligee and to the obligor before a final order concerning the petition for modification is entered.

(N) If an obligor is in default under a support order and has a claim against another person of more than one thousand dollars, the obligor shall notify the child support enforcement agency of the claim, the nature of the claim, and the name of the person against whom the claim exists. If an obligor is in default under a support order and has a claim against another person or is a party in an action for any judgment, the child support enforcement agency or the agency's attorney, on behalf of the obligor, immediately shall file with the court in which the action is pending a motion to intervene in the action or a creditor's bill. The motion to intervene shall be prepared and filed pursuant to Civil Rules 5 and 24(A) and (C).

Nothing in this division shall preclude an obligee from filing a motion to intervene in any action or a creditor's bill.

(O) If an obligor is receiving unemployment compensation benefits, an amount may be deducted from those benefits for purposes of child support, in accordance with section sections 2301.371 and division (D)(4) of section 4141.28 4141.282 of the Revised Code. Any deduction from a source in accordance with those provisions is in addition to, and does not preclude, any withholding or deduction for purposes of support under divisions (A) to (N) of this section.

(P) As used in this section, and in sections 3113.211 to 3113.219 of the Revised Code:

(1) "Financial institution" means a bank, savings and loan association, or credit union, or a regulated investment company or mutual fund in which a person who is required to pay child support has funds on deposit that are not exempt under the law of this state or the United States from execution, attachment, or other legal process.

(2) "Title IV-D case" means any case in which the child support enforcement agency is enforcing the child support order pursuant to Title IV-D of the "Social Security Act," 88 Stat. 2351 (1975), 42 U.S.C. 651, as amended.

(3) "Obligor" means the person who is required to pay support under a support order.

(4) "Obligee" means the person who is entitled to receive the support payments under a support order.

(5) "Support order" means an order for the payment of support and, for orders issued or modified on or after December 31, 1993, includes any notices described in division (D) or (H) of this section that are issued in accordance with this section.

(6) "Support" means child support, spousal support, and support for a spouse or former spouse.

(7) "Personal earnings" means compensation paid or payable for personal services, however denominated, and includes, but is not limited to, wages, salary, commissions, bonuses, draws against commissions, profit sharing, and vacation pay.

(8) "Default" has the same meaning as in section 2301.34 of the Revised Code.

(9) "Payor" means any person or entity that pays or distributes income to an obligor, including the obligor, if the obligor is self-employed; an employer; an employer that is paying the obligor's workers' compensation benefits; the public employees retirement board; the board of trustees, or other governing entity of a municipal retirement system; the board of trustees of the Ohio police and fire pension fund; the state teachers retirement board; the school employees retirement board; the state highway patrol retirement board; the bureau of workers' compensation; or any other person or entity, except the department of job and family services with respect to unemployment compensation benefits paid pursuant to Chapter 4141. of the Revised Code.

(Q) As used in this section, "income" means any form of monetary payment, including personal earnings; workers' compensation payments; unemployment compensation benefits to the extent permitted by, and in accordance with, section sections 2301.371 of the Revised Code, division (D)(4) of section 4141.28 and 4141.282 of the Revised Code, and federal law governing the department of job and family services; pensions; annuities; allowances; private or governmental retirement benefits; disability or sick pay; insurance proceeds; lottery prize awards; federal, state, or local government benefits to the extent that the benefits can be withheld or deducted under the law governing the benefits; any form of trust fund or endowment; lump-sum payments; and any other payment in money.

Sec. 4141.01.  As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:

(A)(1) "Employer" means the state, its instrumentalities, its political subdivisions and their instrumentalities, and any individual or type of organization including any partnership, limited liability company, association, trust, estate, joint-stock company, insurance company, or corporation, whether domestic or foreign, or the receiver, trustee in bankruptcy, trustee, or the successor thereof, or the legal representative of a deceased person who subsequent to December 31, 1971, or in the case of political subdivisions or their instrumentalities, subsequent to December 31, 1973:

(a) Had in employment at least one individual, or in the case of a nonprofit organization, subsequent to December 31, 1973, had not less than four individuals in employment for some portion of a day in each of twenty different calendar weeks, in either the current or the preceding calendar year whether or not the same individual was in employment in each such day; or

(b) Except for a nonprofit organization, had paid for service in employment wages of fifteen hundred dollars or more in any calendar quarter in either the current or preceding calendar year; or

(c) Had paid, subsequent to December 31, 1977, for employment in domestic service in a local college club, or local chapter of a college fraternity or sorority, cash remuneration of one thousand dollars or more in any calendar quarter in the current calendar year or the preceding calendar year, or had paid subsequent to December 31, 1977, for employment in domestic service in a private home cash remuneration of one thousand dollars in any calendar quarter in the current calendar year or the preceding calendar year:

(i) For the purposes of divisions (A)(1)(a) and (b) of this section, there shall not be taken into account any wages paid to, or employment of, an individual performing domestic service as described in this division.

(ii) An employer under this division shall not be an employer with respect to wages paid for any services other than domestic service unless the employer is also found to be an employer under division (A)(1)(a), (b), or (d) of this section.

(d) As a farm operator or a crew leader subsequent to December 31, 1977, had in employment individuals in agricultural labor; and

(i) During any calendar quarter in the current calendar year or the preceding calendar year, paid cash remuneration of twenty thousand dollars or more for the agricultural labor; or

(ii) Had at least ten individuals in employment in agricultural labor, not including agricultural workers who are aliens admitted to the United States to perform agricultural labor pursuant to sections 214(e) and 101(a)(15)(H) of the "Immigration and Nationality Act," 66 Stat. 163, 8 U.S.C.A. 1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a), for some portion of a day in each of the twenty different calendar weeks, in either the current or preceding calendar year whether or not the same individual was in employment in each day; or

(e) Is not otherwise an employer as defined under division (A)(1)(a) or (b) of this section; and

(i) For which, within either the current or preceding calendar year, service, except for domestic service in a private home not covered under division (A)(1)(c) of this section, is or was performed with respect to which such employer is liable for any federal tax against which credit may be taken for contributions required to be paid into a state unemployment fund;

(ii) Which, as a condition for approval of this chapter for full tax credit against the tax imposed by the "Federal Unemployment Tax Act," 84 Stat. 713, 26 U.S.C.A. 3301 to 3311, is required, pursuant to such act to be an employer under this chapter; or

(iii) Who became an employer by election under division (A)(4) or (5) of this section and for the duration of such election; or

(f) In the case of the state, its instrumentalities, its political subdivisions, and their instrumentalities, had in employment, as defined in division (B)(2)(a) of this section, at least one individual;

(g) For the purposes of division (A)(1)(a) of this section, if any week includes both the thirty-first day of December and the first day of January, the days of that week before the first day of January shall be considered one calendar week and the days beginning the first day of January another week.

(2) Each individual employed to perform or to assist in performing the work of any agent or employee of an employer is employed by such employer for all the purposes of this chapter, whether such individual was hired or paid directly by such employer or by such agent or employee, provided the employer had actual or constructive knowledge of the work. All individuals performing services for an employer of any person in this state who maintains two or more establishments within this state are employed by a single employer for the purposes of this chapter.

(3) An employer subject to this chapter within any calendar year is subject to this chapter during the whole of such year and during the next succeeding calendar year.

(4) An employer not otherwise subject to this chapter who files with the director of job and family services a written election to become an employer subject to this chapter for not less than two calendar years shall, with the written approval of such election by the director, become an employer subject to this chapter to the same extent as all other employers as of the date stated in such approval, and shall cease to be subject to this chapter as of the first day of January of any calendar year subsequent to such two calendar years only if at least thirty days prior to such first day of January the employer has filed with the director a written notice to that effect.

(5) Any employer for whom services that do not constitute employment are performed may file with the director a written election that all such services performed by individuals in the employer's employ in one or more distinct establishments or places of business shall be deemed to constitute employment for all the purposes of this chapter, for not less than two calendar years. Upon written approval of the election by the director, such services shall be deemed to constitute employment subject to this chapter from and after the date stated in such approval. Such services shall cease to be employment subject to this chapter as of the first day of January of any calendar year subsequent to such two calendar years only if at least thirty days prior to such first day of January such employer has filed with the director a written notice to that effect.

(B)(1) "Employment" means service performed by an individual for remuneration under any contract of hire, written or oral, express or implied, including service performed in interstate commerce and service performed by an officer of a corporation, without regard to whether such service is executive, managerial, or manual in nature, and without regard to whether such officer is a stockholder or a member of the board of directors of the corporation, unless it is shown to the satisfaction of the director that such individual has been and will continue to be free from direction or control over the performance of such service, both under a contract of service and in fact. The director shall adopt rules to define "direction or control."

(2) "Employment" includes:

(a) Service performed after December 31, 1977, by an individual in the employ of the state or any of its instrumentalities, or any political subdivision thereof or any of its instrumentalities or any instrumentality of more than one of the foregoing or any instrumentality of any of the foregoing and one or more other states or political subdivisions and without regard to divisions (A)(1)(a) and (b) of this section, provided that such service is excluded from employment as defined in the "Federal Unemployment Tax Act," 53 Stat. 183, 26 U.S.C.A. 3301, 3306(c)(7) and is not excluded under division (B)(3) of this section; or the services of employees covered by voluntary election, as provided under divisions (A)(4) and (5) of this section;

(b) Service performed after December 31, 1971, by an individual in the employ of a religious, charitable, educational, or other organization which is excluded from the term "employment" as defined in the "Federal Unemployment Tax Act," 84 Stat. 713, 26 U.S.C.A. 3301 to 3311, solely by reason of section 26 U.S.C.A. 3306(c)(8) of that act and is not excluded under division (B)(3) of this section;

(c) Domestic service performed after December 31, 1977, for an employer, as provided in division (A)(1)(c) of this section;

(d) Agricultural labor performed after December 31, 1977, for a farm operator or a crew leader, as provided in division (A)(1)(d) of this section;

(e) Service not covered under division (B)(1) of this section which is performed after December 31, 1971:

(i) As an agent-driver or commission-driver engaged in distributing meat products, vegetable products, fruit products, bakery products, beverages other than milk, laundry, or dry-cleaning services, for the individual's employer or principal;

(ii) As a traveling or city salesperson, other than as an agent-driver or commission-driver, engaged on a full-time basis in the solicitation on behalf of and in the transmission to the salesperson's employer or principal except for sideline sales activities on behalf of some other person of orders from wholesalers, retailers, contractors, or operators of hotels, restaurants, or other similar establishments for merchandise for resale, or supplies for use in their business operations, provided that for the purposes of this division (B)(2)(e)(ii) of this section, the services shall be deemed employment if the contract of service contemplates that substantially all of the services are to be performed personally by the individual and that the individual does not have a substantial investment in facilities used in connection with the performance of the services other than in facilities for transportation, and the services are not in the nature of a single transaction that is not a part of a continuing relationship with the person for whom the services are performed.

(f) An individual's entire service performed within or both within and without the state if:

(i) The service is localized in this state.

(ii) The service is not localized in any state, but some of the service is performed in this state and either the base of operations, or if there is no base of operations then the place from which such service is directed or controlled, is in this state or the base of operations or place from which such service is directed or controlled is not in any state in which some part of the service is performed but the individual's residence is in this state.

(g) Service not covered under division (B)(2)(f)(ii) of this section and performed entirely without this state, with respect to no part of which contributions are required and paid under an unemployment compensation law of any other state, the Virgin Islands, Canada, or of the United States, if the individual performing such service is a resident of this state and the director approves the election of the employer for whom such services are performed; or, if the individual is not a resident of this state but the place from which the service is directed or controlled is in this state, the entire services of such individual shall be deemed to be employment subject to this chapter, provided service is deemed to be localized within this state if the service is performed entirely within this state or if the service is performed both within and without this state but the service performed without this state is incidental to the individual's service within the state, for example, is temporary or transitory in nature or consists of isolated transactions;

(h) Service of an individual who is a citizen of the United States, performed outside the United States except in Canada after December 31, 1971, or the Virgin Islands, after December 31, 1971, and before the first day of January of the year following that in which the United States secretary of labor approves the Virgin Islands law for the first time, in the employ of an American employer, other than service which is "employment" under divisions (B)(2)(f) and (g) of this section or similar provisions of another state's law, if:

(i) The employer's principal place of business in the United States is located in this state;

(ii) The employer has no place of business in the United States, but the employer is an individual who is a resident of this state; or the employer is a corporation which is organized under the laws of this state, or the employer is a partnership or a trust and the number of partners or trustees who are residents of this state is greater than the number who are residents of any other state; or

(iii) None of the criteria of divisions (B)(2)(f)(i) and (ii) of this section is met but the employer has elected coverage in this state or the employer having failed to elect coverage in any state, the individual has filed a claim for benefits, based on such service, under this chapter.

(i) For the purposes of division (B)(2)(h) of this section, the term "American employer" means an employer who is an individual who is a resident of the United States; or a partnership, if two-thirds or more of the partners are residents of the United States; or a trust, if all of the trustees are residents of the United States; or a corporation organized under the laws of the United States or of any state, provided the term "United States" includes the states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

(j) Notwithstanding any other provisions of divisions (B)(1) and (2) of this section, service, except for domestic service in a private home not covered under division (A)(1)(c) of this section, with respect to which a tax is required to be paid under any federal law imposing a tax against which credit may be taken for contributions required to be paid into a state unemployment fund, or service, except for domestic service in a private home not covered under division (A)(1)(c) of this section, which, as a condition for full tax credit against the tax imposed by the "Federal Unemployment Tax Act," 84 Stat. 713, 26 U.S.C.A. 3301 to 3311, is required to be covered under this chapter.

(k) Construction services performed by any individual under a construction contract, as defined in section 4141.39 of the Revised Code, if the director determines that the employer for whom services are performed has the right to direct or control the performance of the services and that the individuals who perform the services receive remuneration for the services performed. The director shall presume that the employer for whom services are performed has the right to direct or control the performance of the services if ten or more of the following criteria apply:

(i) The employer directs or controls the manner or method by which instructions are given to the individual performing services;

(ii) The employer requires particular training for the individual performing services;

(iii) Services performed by the individual are integrated into the regular functioning of the employer;

(iv) The employer requires that services be provided by a particular individual;

(v) The employer hires, supervises, or pays the wages of the individual performing services;

(vi) A continuing relationship between the employer and the individual performing services exists which contemplates continuing or recurring work, even if not full-time work;

(vii) The employer requires the individual to perform services during established hours;

(viii) The employer requires that the individual performing services be devoted on a full-time basis to the business of the employer;

(ix) The employer requires the individual to perform services on the employer's premises;

(x) The employer requires the individual performing services to follow the order of work established by the employer;

(xi) The employer requires the individual performing services to make oral or written reports of progress;

(xii) The employer makes payment to the individual for services on a regular basis, such as hourly, weekly, or monthly;

(xiii) The employer pays expenses for the individual performing services;

(xiv) The employer furnishes the tools and materials for use by the individual to perform services;

(xv) The individual performing services has not invested in the facilities used to perform services;

(xvi) The individual performing services does not realize a profit or suffer a loss as a result of the performance of the services;

(xvii) The individual performing services is not performing services for more than two employers simultaneously;

(xviii) The individual performing services does not make the services available to the general public;

(xix) The employer has a right to discharge the individual performing services;

(xx) The individual performing services has the right to end the individual's relationship with the employer without incurring liability pursuant to an employment contract or agreement.

(3) "Employment" does not include the following services if they are found not subject to the "Federal Unemployment Tax Act," 84 Stat. 713 (1970), 26 U.S.C.A. 3301 to 3311, and if the services are not required to be included under division (B)(2)(j) of this section:

(a) Service performed after December 31, 1977, in agricultural labor, except as provided in division (A)(1)(d) of this section;

(b) Domestic service performed after December 31, 1977, in a private home, local college club, or local chapter of a college fraternity or sorority except as provided in division (A)(1)(c) of this section;

(c) Service performed after December 31, 1977, for this state or a political subdivision as described in division (B)(2)(a) of this section when performed:

(i) As a publicly elected official;

(ii) As a member of a legislative body, or a member of the judiciary;

(iii) As a military member of the Ohio national guard;

(iv) As an employee, not in the classified service as defined in section 124.11 of the Revised Code, serving on a temporary basis in case of fire, storm, snow, earthquake, flood, or similar emergency;

(v) In a position which, under or pursuant to law, is designated as a major nontenured policymaking or advisory position, not in the classified service of the state, or a policymaking or advisory position the performance of the duties of which ordinarily does not require more than eight hours per week.

(d) In the employ of any governmental unit or instrumentality of the United States;

(e) Service performed after December 31, 1971:

(i) Service in the employ of an educational institution or institution of higher education, including those operated by the state or a political subdivision, if such service is performed by a student who is enrolled and is regularly attending classes at the educational institution or institution of higher education; or

(ii) By an individual who is enrolled at a nonprofit or public educational institution which normally maintains a regular faculty and curriculum and normally has a regularly organized body of students in attendance at the place where its educational activities are carried on as a student in a full-time program, taken for credit at the institution, which combines academic instruction with work experience, if the service is an integral part of the program, and the institution has so certified to the employer, provided that this subdivision shall not apply to service performed in a program established for or on behalf of an employer or group of employers;

(f) Service performed by an individual in the employ of the individual's son, daughter, or spouse and service performed by a child under the age of eighteen in the employ of the child's father or mother;

(g) Service performed for one or more principals by an individual who is compensated on a commission basis, who in the performance of the work is master of the individual's own time and efforts, and whose remuneration is wholly dependent on the amount of effort the individual chooses to expend, and which service is not subject to the "Federal Unemployment Tax Act," 53 Stat. 183 (1939), 26 U.S.C.A. 3301 to 3311. Service performed after December 31, 1971:

(i) By an individual for an employer as an insurance agent or as an insurance solicitor, if all this service is performed for remuneration solely by way of commission;

(ii) As a home worker performing work, according to specifications furnished by the employer for whom the services are performed, on materials or goods furnished by such employer which are required to be returned to the employer or to a person designated for that purpose.

(h) Service performed after December 31, 1971:

(i) In the employ of a church or convention or association of churches, or in an organization which is operated primarily for religious purposes and which is operated, supervised, controlled, or principally supported by a church or convention or association of churches;

(ii) By a duly ordained, commissioned, or licensed minister of a church in the exercise of the individual's ministry or by a member of a religious order in the exercise of duties required by such order; or

(iii) In a facility conducted for the purpose of carrying out a program of rehabilitation for individuals whose earning capacity is impaired by age or physical or mental deficiency or injury, or providing remunerative work for individuals who because of their impaired physical or mental capacity cannot be readily absorbed in the competitive labor market, by an individual receiving such rehabilitation or remunerative work;

(i) Service performed after June 30, 1939, with respect to which unemployment compensation is payable under the "Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act," 52 Stat. 1094 (1938), 45 U.S.C. 351;

(j) Service performed by an individual in the employ of any organization exempt from income tax under section 501 of the "Internal Revenue Code of 1954," if the remuneration for such service does not exceed fifty dollars in any calendar quarter, or if such service is in connection with the collection of dues or premiums for a fraternal beneficial society, order, or association and is performed away from the home office or is ritualistic service in connection with any such society, order, or association;

(k) Casual labor not in the course of an employer's trade or business; incidental service performed by an officer, appraiser, or member of a finance committee of a bank, building and loan association, savings and loan association, or savings association when the remuneration for such incidental service exclusive of the amount paid or allotted for directors' fees does not exceed sixty dollars per calendar quarter is casual labor;

(l) Service performed in the employ of a voluntary employees' beneficial association providing for the payment of life, sickness, accident, or other benefits to the members of such association or their dependents or their designated beneficiaries, if admission to a membership in such association is limited to individuals who are officers or employees of a municipal or public corporation, of a political subdivision of the state, or of the United States and no part of the net earnings of such association inures, other than through such payments, to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual;

(m) Service performed by an individual in the employ of a foreign government, including service as a consular or other officer or employee or of a nondiplomatic representative;

(n) Service performed in the employ of an instrumentality wholly owned by a foreign government if the service is of a character similar to that performed in foreign countries by employees of the United States or of an instrumentality thereof and if the director finds that the secretary of state of the United States has certified to the secretary of the treasury of the United States that the foreign government, with respect to whose instrumentality exemption is claimed, grants an equivalent exemption with respect to similar service performed in the foreign country by employees of the United States and of instrumentalities thereof;

(o) Service with respect to which unemployment compensation is payable under an unemployment compensation system established by an act of congress;

(p) Service performed as a student nurse in the employ of a hospital or a nurses' training school by an individual who is enrolled and is regularly attending classes in a nurses' training school chartered or approved pursuant to state law, and service performed as an intern in the employ of a hospital by an individual who has completed a four years' course in a medical school chartered or approved pursuant to state law;

(q) Service performed by an individual under the age of eighteen in the delivery or distribution of newspapers or shopping news, not including delivery or distribution to any point for subsequent delivery or distribution;

(r) Service performed in the employ of the United States or an instrumentality of the United States immune under the constitution of the United States from the contributions imposed by this chapter, except that to the extent that congress permits states to require any instrumentalities of the United States to make payments into an unemployment fund under a state unemployment compensation act, this chapter shall be applicable to such instrumentalities and to services performed for such instrumentalities in the same manner, to the same extent, and on the same terms as to all other employers, individuals, and services, provided that if this state is not certified for any year by the proper agency of the United States under section 3304 of the "Internal Revenue Code of 1954," the payments required of such instrumentalities with respect to such year shall be refunded by the director from the fund in the same manner and within the same period as is provided in division (E) of section 4141.09 of the Revised Code with respect to contributions erroneously collected;

(s) Service performed by an individual as a member of a band or orchestra, provided such service does not represent the principal occupation of such individual, and which service is not subject to or required to be covered for full tax credit against the tax imposed by the "Federal Unemployment Tax Act," 53 Stat. 183 (1939), 26 U.S.C.A. 3301 to 3311. Service performed after December 31, 1971, for a nonprofit organization, this state or its instrumentalities, or a political subdivision or its instrumentalities, as part of an unemployment work-relief or work-training program assisted or financed in whole or in part by any federal agency or an agency of a state or political subdivision thereof, by an individual receiving the work-relief or work-training.

(t) Service performed in the employ of a day camp whose camping season does not exceed twelve weeks in any calendar year, and which service is not subject to the "Federal Unemployment Tax Act," 53 Stat. 183 (1939), 26 U.S.C.A. 3301 to 3311. Service performed after December 31, 1971:

(i) In the employ of a hospital, if the service is performed by a patient of the hospital, as defined in division (W) of this section;

(ii) For a prison or other correctional institution by an inmate of the prison or correctional institution;

(iii) Service performed after December 31, 1977, by an inmate of a custodial institution operated by the state, a political subdivision, or a nonprofit organization.

(u) Service that is performed by a nonresident alien individual for the period the individual temporarily is present in the United States as a nonimmigrant under division (F), (J), (M), or (Q) of section 101(a)(15) of the "Immigration and Nationality Act," 66 Stat. 163, 8 U.S.C.A. 1101, as amended, that is excluded under section 3306(c)(19) of the "Federal Unemployment Tax Act," 53 Stat. 183 (1939), 26 U.S.C.A. 3301 to 3311.

(v) Notwithstanding any other provisions of division (B)(3) of this section, services which that are excluded under divisions (B)(3)(g), (j), (k), and (l) of this section, shall not be excluded from employment when performed for a nonprofit organization, as defined in division (X) of this section, or for this state or its instrumentalities, or for a political subdivision or its instrumentalities;

(w) Service that is performed by an individual working as an election official or election worker if the amount of remuneration received by the individual during the calendar year for services as an election official or election worker is less than one thousand dollars;

(x) Service performed for an elementary or secondary school that is operated primarily for religious purposes, that is described in subsection 501(c)(3) and exempt from federal income taxation under subsection 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C.A501;

(y) Service performed by a person committed to a penal institution.

(4) If the services performed during one half or more of any pay period by an employee for the person employing that employee constitute employment, all the services of such employee for such period shall be deemed to be employment; but if the services performed during more than one half of any such pay period by an employee for the person employing that employee do not constitute employment, then none of the services of such employee for such period shall be deemed to be employment. As used in division (B)(4) of this section, "pay period" means a period, of not more than thirty-one consecutive days, for which payment of remuneration is ordinarily made to the employee by the person employing that employee. Division (B)(4) of this section does not apply to services performed in a pay period by an employee for the person employing that employee, if any of such service is excepted by division (B)(3)(o) of this section.

(C) "Benefits" means money payments payable to an individual who has established benefit rights, as provided in this chapter, for loss of remuneration due to the individual's unemployment.

(D) "Benefit rights" means the weekly benefit amount and the maximum benefit amount that may become payable to an individual within the individual's benefit year as determined by the director.

(E) "Claim for benefits" means a claim for waiting period or benefits for a designated week.

(F) "Additional claim" means the first claim for benefits filed following any separation from employment during a benefit year; "continued claim" means any claim other than the first claim for benefits and other than an additional claim.

(G)(1) "Wages" means remuneration paid to an employee by each of the employee's employers with respect to employment; except that wages shall not include that part of remuneration paid during any calendar year to an individual by an employer or such employer's predecessor in interest in the same business or enterprise, which in any calendar year is in excess of eight thousand two hundred fifty dollars on and after January 1, 1992; eight thousand five hundred dollars on and after January 1, 1993; eight thousand seven hundred fifty dollars on and after January 1, 1994; and nine thousand dollars on and after January 1, 1995. Remuneration in excess of such amounts shall be deemed wages subject to contribution to the same extent that such remuneration is defined as wages under the "Federal Unemployment Compensation Tax Act," 84 Stat. 714 (1970), 26 U.S.C.A. 3301 to 3311, as amended. The remuneration paid an employee by an employer with respect to employment in another state, upon which contributions were required and paid by such employer under the unemployment compensation act of such other state, shall be included as a part of remuneration in computing the amount specified in this division.

(2) Notwithstanding division (G)(1) of this section, if, as of the computation date for any calendar year, the director determines that the level of the unemployment compensation fund is sixty per cent or more below the minimum safe level as defined in section 4141.25 of the Revised Code, then, effective the first day of January of the following calendar year, wages subject to this chapter shall not include that part of remuneration paid during any calendar year to an individual by an employer or such employer's predecessor in interest in the same business or enterprise which is in excess of nine thousand dollars. The increase in the dollar amount of wages subject to this chapter under this division shall remain in effect from the date of the director's determination pursuant to division (G)(2) of this section and thereafter notwithstanding the fact that the level in the fund may subsequently become less than sixty per cent below the minimum safe level.

(H)(1) "Remuneration" means all compensation for personal services, including commissions and bonuses and the cash value of all compensation in any medium other than cash, except that in the case of agricultural or domestic service, "remuneration" includes only cash remuneration. Gratuities customarily received by an individual in the course of the individual's employment from persons other than the individual's employer and which are accounted for by such individual to the individual's employer are taxable wages.

The reasonable cash value of compensation paid in any medium other than cash shall be estimated and determined in accordance with rules prescribed by the director, provided that "remuneration" does not include:

(a) Payments as provided in divisions (b)(2) to (b)(16) of section 3306 of the "Federal Unemployment Tax Act," 84 Stat. 713, 26 U.S.C.A. 3301 to 3311, as amended;

(b) The payment by an employer, without deduction from the remuneration of the individual in the employer's employ, of the tax imposed upon an individual in the employer's employ under section 3101 of the "Internal Revenue Code of l954 1954," with respect to services performed after October 1, 1941.

(2) "Cash remuneration" means all remuneration paid in cash, including commissions and bonuses, but not including the cash value of all compensation in any medium other than cash.

(I) "Interested party" means the director and any party to whom notice of a determination of an application for benefit rights or a claim for benefits is required to be given under section 4141.28 of the Revised Code.

(J) "Annual payroll" means the total amount of wages subject to contributions during a twelve-month period ending with the last day of the second calendar quarter of any calendar year.

(K) "Average annual payroll" means the average of the last three annual payrolls of an employer, provided that if, as of any computation date, the employer has had less than three annual payrolls in such three-year period, such average shall be based on the annual payrolls which the employer has had as of such date.

(L)(1) "Contributions" means the money payments to the state unemployment compensation fund required of employers by section 4141.25 of the Revised Code and of the state and any of its political subdivisions electing to pay contributions under section 4141.242 of the Revised Code. Employers paying contributions shall be described as "contributory employers."

(2) "Payments in lieu of contributions" means the money payments to the state unemployment compensation fund required of reimbursing employers under sections 4141.241 and 4141.242 of the Revised Code.

(M) An individual is "totally unemployed" in any week during which the individual performs no services and with respect to such week no remuneration is payable to the individual.

(N) An individual is "partially unemployed" in any week if, due to involuntary loss of work, the total remuneration payable to the individual for such week is less than the individual's weekly benefit amount.

(O) "Week" means the calendar week ending at midnight Saturday unless an equivalent week of seven consecutive calendar days is prescribed by the director.

(1) "Qualifying week" means any calendar week in an individual's base period with respect to which the individual earns or is paid remuneration in employment subject to this chapter. A calendar week with respect to which an individual earns remuneration but for which payment was not made within the base period, when necessary to qualify for benefit rights, may be considered to be a qualifying week. The number of qualifying weeks which may be established in a calendar quarter shall not exceed the number of calendar weeks in the quarter.

(2) "Average weekly wage" means the amount obtained by dividing an individual's total remuneration for all qualifying weeks during the base period by the number of such qualifying weeks, provided that if the computation results in an amount which that is not a multiple of one dollar, such amount shall be rounded to the next lower multiple of one dollar.

(P) "Weekly benefit amount" means the amount of benefits an individual would be entitled to receive for one week of total unemployment.

(Q)(1) "Base period" means the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters immediately preceding the first day of an individual's benefit year, except as provided in division (Q)(2) of this section.

(2) If an individual does not have sufficient qualifying weeks and wages in the base period to qualify for benefit rights, the individual's base period shall be the four most recently completed calendar quarters preceding the first day of the individual's benefit year. Such base period shall be known as the "alternate base period." If information as to weeks and wages for the most recent quarter of the alternate base period is not available to the director from the regular quarterly reports of wage information, which are systematically accessible, the director may, consistent with the provisions of section 4141.28 of the Revised Code, base the determination of eligibility for benefits on the affidavit of the claimant with respect to weeks and wages for that calendar quarter. The claimant shall furnish payroll documentation, where available, in support of the affidavit. The determination based upon the alternate base period as it relates to the claimant's benefit rights, shall be amended when the quarterly report of wage information from the employer is timely received and that information causes a change in the determination. As provided in division (B)(1)(b) of section 4141.28 of the Revised Code, any benefits paid and charged to an employer's account, based upon a claimant's affidavit, shall be adjusted effective as of the beginning of the claimant's benefit year. No calendar quarter in a base period or alternate base period shall be used to establish a subsequent benefit year.

(3) The "base period" of a combined wage claim, as described in division (H) of section 4141.43 of the Revised Code, shall be the base period prescribed by the law of the state in which the claim is allowed.

(4) For purposes of determining the weeks that comprise a completed calendar quarter under this division, only those weeks ending at midnight Saturday within the calendar quarter shall be utilized.

(R)(1) "Benefit year" with respect to an individual means the fifty-two week period beginning with the first day of that week with respect to which the individual first files a valid application for determination of benefit rights, and thereafter the fifty-two week period beginning with the first day of that week with respect to which the individual next files a valid application for determination of benefit rights after the termination of the individual's last preceding benefit year, except that the application shall not be considered valid unless the individual has had employment in six weeks that is subject to this chapter or the unemployment compensation act of another state, or the United States, and has, since the beginning of the individual's previous benefit year, in the employment earned three times the average weekly wage determined for the previous benefit year. The "benefit year" of a combined wage claim, as described in division (H) of section 4141.43 of the Revised Code, shall be the benefit year prescribed by the law of the state in which the claim is allowed. Any

Effective for applications filed with respect to weeks beginning on or after October 1, 2000, any application for determination of benefit rights made in accordance with section 4141.28 of the Revised Code is valid if the individual filing such application is unemployed, has been employed by an employer or employers subject to this chapter in at least twenty qualifying weeks within the individual's base period, and has earned or been paid remuneration at an average weekly wage of not less than twenty-seven and one-half per cent of the statewide average weekly wage for such weeks. For purposes of determining whether an individual has had sufficient employment since the beginning of the individual's previous benefit year to file a valid application, "employment" means the performance of services for which remuneration is payable.

(2) Effective for applications filed on and after March 3, 2002, any application for determination of benefit rights made in accordance with section 4141.28 of the Revised Code is valid if the individual satisfies the criteria described in division (R)(1) of this section, and if the reason for the individual's separation from employment is not disqualifying pursuant to division (D)(2) of section 4141.29 or section 4141.291 of the Revised Code. A disqualification imposed pursuant to division (D)(2) of section 4141.29 or section 4141.291 of the Revised Code must be removed as provided in those sections as a requirement of establishing a valid application for benefit rights filed on and after March 3, 2002

(3) The statewide average weekly wage shall be calculated by the director once a year based on the twelve-month period ending the thirtieth day of June, as set forth in division (B)(3) of section 4141.30 of the Revised Code, rounded down to the nearest dollar. Increases or decreases in the amount of remuneration required to have been earned or paid in order for individuals to have filed valid applications shall become effective on Sunday of the calendar week in which the first day of January occurs that follows the twelve-month period ending the thirtieth day of June upon which the calculation of the statewide average weekly wage was based.

(4) As used in this division, an individual is "unemployed" if, with respect to the calendar week in which such application is filed, the individual is "partially unemployed" or "totally unemployed" as defined in this section or if, prior to filing the application, the individual was separated from the individual's most recent work for any reason which terminated the individual's employee-employer relationship, or was laid off indefinitely or for a definite period of seven or more days.

(S) "Calendar quarter" means the period of three consecutive calendar months ending on the thirty-first day of March, the thirtieth day of June, the thirtieth day of September, and the thirty-first day of December, or the equivalent thereof as the director prescribes by rule.

(T) "Computation date" means the first day of the third calendar quarter of any calendar year.

(U) "Contribution period" means the calendar year beginning on the first day of January of any year.

(V) "Agricultural labor," for the purpose of this division, means any service performed prior to January 1, 1972, which was agricultural labor as defined in this division prior to that date, and service performed after December 31, 1971:

(1) On a farm, in the employ of any person, in connection with cultivating the soil, or in connection with raising or harvesting any agricultural or horticultural commodity, including the raising, shearing, feeding, caring for, training, and management of livestock, bees, poultry, and fur-bearing animals and wildlife;

(2) In the employ of the owner or tenant or other operator of a farm in connection with the operation, management, conservation, improvement, or maintenance of such farm and its tools and equipment, or in salvaging timber or clearing land of brush and other debris left by hurricane, if the major part of such service is performed on a farm;

(3) In connection with the production or harvesting of any commodity defined as an agricultural commodity in section 15 (g) of the "Agricultural Marketing Act," 46 Stat. 1550 (1931), 12 U.S.C. 1141j, as amended, or in connection with the ginning of cotton, or in connection with the operation or maintenance of ditches, canals, reservoirs, or waterways, not owned or operated for profit, used exclusively for supplying and storing water for farming purposes;

(4) In the employ of the operator of a farm in handling, planting, drying, packing, packaging, processing, freezing, grading, storing, or delivering to storage or to market or to a carrier for transportation to market, in its unmanufactured state, any agricultural or horticultural commodity, but only if the operator produced more than one half of the commodity with respect to which such service is performed;

(5) In the employ of a group of operators of farms, or a cooperative organization of which the operators are members, in the performance of service described in division (V)(4) of this section, but only if the operators produced more than one-half of the commodity with respect to which the service is performed;

(6) Divisions (V)(4) and (5) of this section shall not be deemed to be applicable with respect to service performed:

(a) In connection with commercial canning or commercial freezing or in connection with any agricultural or horticultural commodity after its delivery to a terminal market for distribution for consumption; or

(b) On a farm operated for profit if the service is not in the course of the employer's trade or business.

As used in division (V) of this section, "farm" includes stock, dairy, poultry, fruit, fur-bearing animal, and truck farms, plantations, ranches, nurseries, ranges, greenhouses, or other similar structures used primarily for the raising of agricultural or horticultural commodities and orchards.

(W) "Hospital" means an institution which has been registered or licensed by the Ohio department of health as a hospital.

(X) "Nonprofit organization" means an organization, or group of organizations, described in section 501(c)(3) of the "Internal Revenue Code of 1954," and exempt from income tax under section 501(a) of that code.

(Y) "Institution of higher education" means a public or nonprofit educational institution which:

(1) Admits as regular students only individuals having a certificate of graduation from a high school, or the recognized equivalent;

(2) Is legally authorized in this state to provide a program of education beyond high school; and

(3) Provides an educational program for which it awards a bachelor's or higher degree, or provides a program which is acceptable for full credit toward such a degree, a program of post-graduate or post-doctoral studies, or a program of training to prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

For the purposes of this division, all colleges and universities in this state are institutions of higher education.

(Z) For the purposes of this chapter, "states" includes the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

(AA) "Alien" means, for the purposes of division (A)(1)(d) of this section, an individual who is an alien admitted to the United States to perform service in agricultural labor pursuant to sections 214 (c) and 101 (a)(15)(H) of the "Immigration and Nationality Act," 66 Stat. 163, 8 U.S.C.A. 1101.

(BB)(1) "Crew leader" means an individual who furnishes individuals to perform agricultural labor for any other employer or farm operator, and:

(a) Pays, either on the individual's own behalf or on behalf of the other employer or farm operator, the individuals so furnished by the individual for the service in agricultural labor performed by them;

(b) Has not entered into a written agreement with the other employer or farm operator under which the agricultural worker is designated as in the employ of the other employer or farm operator.

(2) For the purposes of this chapter, any individual who is a member of a crew furnished by a crew leader to perform service in agricultural labor for any other employer or farm operator shall be treated as an employee of the crew leader if:

(a) The crew leader holds a valid certificate of registration under the "Farm Labor Contractor Registration Act of 1963," 90 Stat. 2668, 7 U.S.C. 2041; or

(b) Substantially all the members of the crew operate or maintain tractors, mechanized harvesting or crop-dusting equipment, or any other mechanized equipment, which is provided by the crew leader; and

(c) If the individual is not in the employment of the other employer or farm operator within the meaning of division (B)(1) of this section.

(3) For the purposes of this division, any individual who is furnished by a crew leader to perform service in agricultural labor for any other employer or farm operator and who is not treated as in the employment of the crew leader under division (BB)(2) of this section shall be treated as the employee of the other employer or farm operator and not of the crew leader. The other employer or farm operator shall be treated as having paid cash remuneration to the individual in an amount equal to the amount of cash remuneration paid to the individual by the crew leader, either on the crew leader's own behalf or on behalf of the other employer or farm operator, for the service in agricultural labor performed for the other employer or farm operator.

(CC) "Educational institution" means an institution other than an institution of higher education as defined in division (Y) of this section which:

(1) Offers participants, trainees, or students an organized course of study or training designed to transfer to them knowledge, skills, information, doctrines, attitudes, or abilities from, by, or under the guidance of an instructor or teacher; and

(2) Is approved, chartered, or issued a permit to operate as a school by the state board of education or other government agency that is authorized within the state to approve, charter, or issue a permit for the operation of a school.

For the purposes of this division, the courses of study or training which the institution offers may be academic, technical, trade, or preparation for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

Sec. 4141.162.  (A) The director of job and family services shall establish an income and eligibility verification system that complies with section 1137 of the "Social Security Act." The programs included in the system are all of the following:

(1) Unemployment compensation pursuant to section 3304 of the "Internal Revenue Code of 1954";

(2) The state programs funded in part under part A of Title IV of the "Social Security Act" and administered under Chapters 5107. and 5108. of the Revised Code;

(3) Medicaid pursuant to Title XIX of the "Social Security Act";

(4) Food stamps pursuant to the "Food Stamp Act of 1977," 91 Stat. 958, 7 U.S.C.A. 2011, as amended;

(5) Any Ohio program under a plan approved under Title I, X, XIV, or XVI of the "Social Security Act."

Wage information provided by employers to the director shall be furnished to the income and eligibility verification system. Such information shall be used by the director to determine eligibility of individuals for unemployment compensation benefits and the amount of those benefits and used by the agencies that administer the programs identified in divisions (A)(2) to (5) of this section to determine or verify eligibility for or the amount of benefits under those programs.

The director shall fully implement the use of wage information to determine eligibility for and the amount of unemployment compensation benefits by September 30, 1988.

Information furnished under the system shall also be made available to the appropriate state or local child support enforcement agency for the purposes of an approved plan under Title IV-D of the "Social Security Act" and to the appropriate federal agency for the purposes of Titles II and XVI of the "Social Security Act."

(B) The director shall adopt rules as necessary under which the department of job and family services and other state agencies that the director determines must participate in order to ensure compliance with section 1137 of the "Social Security Act" exchange information with each other or authorized federal agencies about individuals who are applicants for or recipients of benefits under any of the programs enumerated in division (A) of this section. The rules shall extend to all of the following:

(1) A requirement for standardized formats and procedures for a participating agency to request and receive information about an individual, which information shall include the individual's social security number;

(2) A requirement that all applicants for and recipients of benefits under any program enumerated in division (A) of this section be notified at the time of application, and periodically thereafter, that information available through the system may be shared with agencies that administer other benefit programs and utilized in establishing or verifying eligibility or benefit amounts under the other programs enumerated in division (A) of this section;

(3) A requirement that information is made available only to the extent necessary to assist in the valid administrative needs of the program receiving the information and is targeted for use in ways which are most likely to be productive in identifying and preventing ineligibility and incorrect payments;

(4) A requirement that information is adequately protected against unauthorized disclosures for purposes other than to establish or verify eligibility or benefit amounts under the programs enumerated in division (A) of this section;

(5) A requirement that a program providing information is reimbursed by the program using the information for the actual costs of furnishing the information and that the director be reimbursed by the participating programs for any actual costs incurred in operating the system;

(6) Requirements for any other matters necessary to ensure the effective, efficient, and timely exchange of necessary information or that the director determines must be addressed in order to ensure compliance with the requirements of section 1137 of the "Social Security Act."

(C) Each participating agency shall furnish to the income and eligibility verification system established in division (A) of this section that information, which the director, by rule, determines is necessary in order to comply with section 1137 of the "Social Security Act."

(D) Notwithstanding the information disclosure requirements of this section and section 4141.21 and division (D)(4)(a)(A) of section 4141.28 4141.282 of the Revised Code, the director shall administer those provisions of law so as to comply with section 1137 of the "Social Security Act."

(E) Requirements in section 4141.21 of the Revised Code with respect to confidentiality of information obtained in the administration of Chapter 4141. of the Revised Code and any sanctions imposed for improper disclosure of such information shall apply to the redisclosure of information disclosed under this section.

Sec. 4141.21.  Except as provided in section 4141.162 of the Revised Code, and subject to section 4141.43 of the Revised Code, the information maintained by the director of job and family services or furnished to the director by employers or employees pursuant to this chapter is for the exclusive use and information of the department of job and family services in the discharge of its duties and shall not be open to the public or be used in any court in any action or proceeding pending therein, or be admissible in evidence in any action, other than one arising under those sections this chapter. All of the information and records necessary or useful in the determination of any particular claim for benefits or necessary in verifying any charge to an employer's account under sections 4141.23 to 4141.26 of the Revised Code shall be available for examination and use by the employer and the employee involved or their authorized representatives in the hearing of such cases, and that information may be tabulated and published in statistical form for the use and information of the state departments and the public.

Sec. 4141.23.  (A) Contributions shall accrue and become payable by each employer for each calendar year or other period as prescribed by this chapter. Such contributions become due and shall be paid by each employer to the director of job and family services for the unemployment compensation fund in accordance with such regulations as the director prescribes, and shall not be deducted, in whole or in part, from the remuneration of individuals in the employer's employ.

In the payment of any contributions, a fractional part of a dollar may be disregarded unless it amounts to fifty cents or more, in which case it may be increased to the next higher dollar.

(B)(1) Any contribution or payment in lieu of contribution, due from an employer on or before December 31, 1992, shall, if not paid when due, bear interest at the rate of ten per cent per annum. In such computation any fraction of a month shall be considered as a full month.

(2) Any contribution, payment in lieu of contribution, interest, forfeiture, or fine due from an employer on or after January 1, 1993, shall, if not paid when due, bear interest at the annual rate of fourteen per cent compounded monthly on the aggregate receivable balance due. In such computation any fraction of a month shall be considered as a full month.

(C) The director may waive the interest assessed under division (B)(2) of this section if the employer meets all of the following conditions within thirty days after the date the director mails or delivers the notice of assessment of interest:

(1) Provides to the director a written request for a waiver of interest clearly demonstrating that the employer's failure to timely pay contributions, payments in lieu of contributions, interest, forfeiture, and fines was a result of circumstances beyond the control of the employer or the employer's agent, except that negligence on the part of the employer or the employer's agent shall not be considered beyond the control of the employer or the employer's agent;

(2) Furnishes to the director all quarterly reports required under section 4141.20 of the Revised Code;

(3) Pays in full all contributions, payments in lieu of contributions, interest, forfeiture, and fines for each quarter for which such payments are due.

The director shall deny an employer's request for a waiver of interest after finding that the employer's failure to timely furnish reports or make payments as required under this chapter was due to an attempt to evade payment.

(D) Any contribution, interest, forfeiture, or fine required to be paid under this chapter by any employer shall, if not paid when due, become a lien upon the real and personal property of such employer. Upon failure of such employer to pay the contributions, interest, forfeiture, or fine required to be paid under this chapter, the director shall file notice of such lien, for which there shall be no charge, in the office of the county recorder of the county in which it is ascertained that such employer owns real estate or personal property. The director shall notify the employer by mail of the lien. The absence of proof that the notice was sent does not affect the validity of the lien. Such lien shall not be valid as against the claim of any mortgagee, pledgee, purchaser, judgment creditor, or other lienholder of record at the time such notice is filed.

If the employer acquires real or personal property after notice of lien is filed, such lien shall not be valid as against the claim of any mortgagee, pledgee, subsequent bona fide purchaser for value, judgment creditor, or other lienholder of record to such after-acquired property, unless the notice of lien is refiled after such property was acquired by the employer and before the competing lien attached to such after-acquired property or before the conveyance to such subsequent bona fide purchaser for value.

Such notice shall be recorded in a book kept by the recorder called the "unemployment compensation lien record" and indexed therein in an alphabetical index under the name of such employer. When such unpaid contributions, interest, forfeiture, or fines have been paid, the employer may record with the recorder of the county in which such notice of lien has been filed and recorded, notice of such payment. For recording such notice of payment the recorder shall charge and receive from the employer a fee of two dollars.

(E) Notwithstanding other provisions in this section, the director may reduce, in whole or in part, the amount of interest, forfeiture, or fines required to be paid under this chapter if the director determines that the reduction is in the best interest of the unemployment compensation fund.

(F) Assessment of contributions shall not be made after four years from the date on which such contributions became payable, and no action in court for the collection of contributions without assessment of such contributions shall be begun after the expiration of five years from the date such contributions became payable. In case of a false or fraudulent report or of a willful attempt in any manner to evade contributions, such contributions may be assessed or a proceeding in court for the collection of such contributions may be begun without assessment at any time. When the assessment of contributions has been made within such four-year period provided, action in court to collect such contributions may be begun within, but not later than, six years after such assessment.

(F)(G) In the event of a distribution of an employer's assets, pursuant to an order of any court under the law of this state, including any receivership, assignment for benefit of creditors, adjudicated insolvency, or similar proceedings, contributions, interest, forfeiture, or fine then or thereafter due have the same priority as provided by law for the payment of taxes due the state and shall be paid out of the trust fund in the same manner as provided for other claims for unpaid taxes due the state.

(G)(H) If the attorney general finds after investigation that any claim for delinquent contributions, interest, forfeitures, or fines owing to the director is uncollectible, in whole or in part, the attorney general shall recommend to the director the cancellation of such claim or any part thereof. The director may thereupon effect such cancellation.

Sec. 4141.24.  (A)(1) The director of job and family services shall maintain a separate account for each employer and, except as otherwise provided in division (B) of section 4141.25 of the Revised Code respecting mutualized contributions, shall credit such employer's account with all the contributions, or payments in lieu of contributions, which the employer has paid on the employer's own behalf.

(2) If, as of the computation date, a contributory employer's account shows a negative balance computed as provided in division (A)(3) of section 4141.25 of the Revised Code, less any contributions due and unpaid on such date, which negative balance is in excess of the limitations imposed by divisions (A)(2)(a), (b), and (c) of this section and if the employer's account is otherwise eligible for the transfer, then before the employer's contribution rate is computed for the next succeeding contribution period, an amount equal to the amount of the excess eligible for transfer shall be permanently transferred from the account of such employer and charged to the mutualized account provided in division (B) of section 4141.25 of the Revised Code.

(a) If as of any computation date, a contributory employer's account shows a negative balance in excess of ten per cent of the employer's average annual payroll, then before the employer's contribution rate is computed for the next succeeding contribution period, an amount equal to the amount of the excess shall be transferred from the account as provided in this division. No contributory employer's account may have any excess transferred pursuant to division (A)(2)(a) of this section, unless the employer's account has shown a positive balance for at least two consecutive computation dates prior to the computation date with respect to which the transfer is proposed. Each time a transfer is made pursuant to division (A)(2)(a) of this section, the employer's account is ineligible for any additional transfers under that division, until the account shows a positive balance for at least two consecutive computation dates subsequent to the computation date of which the most recent transfer occurs pursuant to division (A)(2)(a), (b), or (c) of this section.

(b) If at the next computation date after the computation date at which a transfer from the account occurs pursuant to division (A)(2)(a) of this section, a contributory employer's account shows a negative balance in excess of fifteen per cent of the employer's average annual payroll, then before the employer's contribution rate is computed for the next succeeding contribution period an amount equal to the amount of the excess shall be permanently transferred from the account as provided in this division.

(c) If at the next computation date subsequent to the computation date at which a transfer from a contributory employer's account occurs pursuant to division (A)(2)(b) of this section, the employer's account shows a negative balance in excess of twenty per cent of the employer's average annual payroll, then before the employer's contribution rate is computed for the next succeeding contribution period, an amount equal to the amount of the excess shall be permanently transferred from the account as provided in this division.

(d) If no transfer occurs pursuant to division (A)(2)(b) or (c) of this section, the employer's account is ineligible for any additional transfers under division (A)(2) until the account requalifies for a transfer pursuant to division (A)(2)(a) of this section.

(B) Any employer may make voluntary payments in addition to the contributions required under this chapter, in accordance with rules established by the director. Such payments shall be included in the employer's account as of the computation date, provided they are received by the director by the thirty-first day of December following such computation date. Such voluntary payment, when accepted from an employer, will not be refunded in whole or in part. In determining whether an employer's account has a positive balance on two consecutive computation dates and is eligible for transfers under division (A)(2) of this section, the director shall exclude any voluntary payments made subsequent to the last transfer made under division (A)(2) of this section.

(C) All contributions to the fund shall be pooled and available to pay benefits to any individual entitled to benefits irrespective of the source of such contributions.

(D)(1) For the purposes of this section and sections 4141.241 and 4141.242 of the Revised Code, an employer's account shall be charged only for benefits based on remuneration paid by such employer. Benefits paid to an eligible individual shall be charged against the account of each employer within the claimant's base period in the proportion to which wages attributable to each employer of the claimant bears to the claimant's total base period wages. Charges to the account of a base period employer with whom the claimant is employed part-time at the time the claimant's application for a determination of benefits rights is filed shall be charged to the mutualized account when all of the following conditions are met:

(a) The claimant also worked part-time for the employer during the base period of the claim.

(b) The claimant is unemployed due to loss of other employment.

(c) The employer is not a reimbursing employer under section 4141.241 or 4141.242 of the Revised Code.

(2) Notwithstanding division (D)(1) of this section, charges to the account of any employer, including any reimbursing employer, shall be charged to the mutualized account if it finally is determined by a court on appeal that the employer's account is not chargeable for the benefits.

(3) Any benefits paid to a claimant under section 4141.28 of the Revised Code prior to a final determination of the claimant's right to the benefits shall be charged to the employer's account as provided in division (D)(1) of this section, provided that if there is no final determination of the claim by the subsequent thirtieth day of June, the employer's account shall be credited with the total amount of benefits that has been paid prior to that date, based on the determination that has not become final. The total amount credited to the employer's account shall be charged to a suspense account, which shall be maintained as a separate bookkeeping account and administered as a part of this section, and shall not be used in determining the account balance of the employer for the purpose of computing the employer's contribution rate under section 4141.25 of the Revised Code.

If it is finally determined that the claimant is entitled to all or a part of the benefits in dispute, the suspense account shall be credited and the appropriate employer's account charged with the benefits. If it is finally determined that the claimant is not entitled to all or any portion of the benefits in dispute, the benefits shall be credited to the suspense account and a corresponding charge made to the mutualized account established in division (B) of section 4141.25 of the Revised Code, provided that, except as otherwise provided in this section, if benefits are chargeable to an employer or group of employers who is required or elects to make payments to the fund in lieu of contributions under section 4141.241 of the Revised Code, the benefits shall be charged to the employer's account in the manner provided in division (D)(1) of this section and division (B) of section 4141.241 of the Revised Code, and no part of the benefits may be charged to the suspense account provided in this division.

To the extent that benefits that have been paid to a claimant and charged to the employer's account are found not to be due the claimant and are recovered by the director as provided in section 4141.35 of the Revised Code, they shall be credited to the employer's account.

(4) The director shall notify each employer at least once each month of the benefits charged to the employer's account since the last preceding notice; except that for the purposes of sections 4141.241 and 4141.242 of the Revised Code which provides the billing of employers on a payment in lieu of a contribution basis, the director may prescribe a quarterly or less frequent notice of benefits charged to the employer's account. Such notice will show a summary of the amount of benefits paid which were charged to the employer's account. This notice shall not be deemed a determination of the claimant's eligibility for benefits. Any employer so notified, however, may file within fifteen days after the mailing date of the notice, an exception to charges appearing on the notice on the grounds that such charges are not in accordance with this section. The director shall promptly examine the exception to such charges and shall notify the employer of the director's decision thereon, which decision shall become final unless applealed appealed to the unemployment compensation review commission in the manner provided in section 4141.26 of the Revised Code. For the purposes of this division, an exception is considered timely filed when it has been received as provided in division (I)(2) of section 4141.28 of the Revised Code.

(E) The director shall terminate and close the account of any contributory employer who has been subject to this chapter if the enterprise for which the account was established is no longer in operation and it has had no payroll and its account has not been chargeable with benefits for a period of five consecutive years. The amount of any positive balance, computed as provided in division (A)(3) of section 4141.25 of the Revised Code, in an account closed and terminated as provided in this section shall be credited to the mutualized account as provided in division (B)(2)(b) of section 4141.25 of the Revised Code. The amount of any negative balance, computed as provided in division (A)(3) of section 4141.25 of the Revised Code, in an account closed and terminated as provided in this section shall be charged to the mutualized account as provided in division (B)(1)(b) of section 4141.25 of the Revised Code. The amount of any positive balance or negative balance, credited or charged to the mutualized account after the termination and closing of an employer's account, shall not thereafter be considered in determining the contribution rate of such employer. The closing of an employer's account as provided in this division shall not relieve such employer from liability for any unpaid contributions or payment in lieu of contributions which are due for periods prior to such closing.

If the director finds that a contributory employer's business is closed solely because of the entrance of one or more of the owners, officers, or partners, or the majority stockholder, into the armed forces of the United States, or any of its allies, or of the United Nations after July 1, 1950, such employer's account shall not be terminated and if the business is resumed within two years after the discharge or release of such persons from active duty in the armed forces, the employer's experience shall be deemed to have been continuous throughout such period. The reserve ratio of any such employer shall be the total contributions paid by such employer minus all benefits, including benefits paid to any individual during the period such employer was in the armed forces, based upon wages paid by the employer prior to the employer's entrance into the armed forces divided by the average of the employer's annual payrolls for the three most recent years during the whole of which the employer has been in business.

(F) If an employer transfers the employer's business or otherwise reorganizes such business, the successor in interest shall assume the resources and liabilities of such employer's account, and continue the payment of all contributions, or payments in lieu of contributions, due under this chapter. If an employer acquires substantially all of the assets in a trade or business of another employer, or a clearly segregable and identifiable portion of an employer's enterprise, and immediately after the acquisition employs in the employer's trade or business substantially the same individuals who immediately prior to the acquisition were employed in the trade or business or in the separate unit of such trade or business of such predecessor employer, then, upon application to the director signed by the predecessor employer and the acquiring employer, the employer acquiring such enterprise is the successor in interest. In the case of a transfer of a portion of an employer's enterprise, only that part of the experience with unemployment compensation and payrolls that is directly attributable to the segregated and identifiable part shall be transferred and used in computing the contribution rate of the successor employer on the next computation date. The director by rule may prescribe procedures for effecting transfers of experience as provided for in this section.

(G) For the purposes of this section, two or more employers who are parties to or the subject of a merger, consolidation, or other form of reorganization effecting a change in legal identity or form are deemed to be a single employer if the director finds that immediately after such change the employing enterprises of the predecessor employers are continued solely through a single employer as successor thereto, and immediately after such change such successor is owned or controlled by substantially the same interests as the predecessor employers, and the successor has assumed liability for all contributions required of the predecessor employers, and the consideration of such two or more employers as a single employer for the purposes of this section would not be inequitable.

(H) No rate of contribution less than two and seven-tenths per cent shall be permitted a contributory employer succeeding to the experience of another contributory employer pursuant to this section for any period subsequent to such succession, except in accordance with rules prescribed by the director, which rules shall be consistent with federal requirements for additional credit allowance in section 3303 of the "Internal Revenue Code of 1954" and consistent with this chapter, except that such rules may establish a computation date for any such period different from the computation date generally prescribed by this chapter, and may define "calendar year" as meaning a twelve-consecutive-month period ending on the same day of the year as that on which such computation date occurs.

(I) The director may prescribe rules for the establishment, maintenance, and dissolution of common contribution rates for two or more contributory employers, and in accordance with such rules and upon application by two or more employers shall establish such common rate to be computed by merging the several contribution rate factors of such employers for the purpose of establishing a common contribution rate applicable to all such employers.

Sec. 4141.241.  (A)(1) Any nonprofit organization described in division (X) of section 4141.01 of the Revised Code, which becomes subject to this chapter on or after January 1, 1972, shall pay contributions under section 4141.25 of the Revised Code, unless it elects, in accordance with this division, to pay to the director of job and family services for deposit in the unemployment compensation fund an amount in lieu of contributions equal to the amount of regular benefits plus one half of extended benefits paid from that fund that is attributable to service in the employ of the nonprofit organization to individuals whose service, during the base period of the claims, was within the effective period of such election.

(2) Any nonprofit organization which becomes subject to this chapter after January 1, 1972, may elect to become liable for payments in lieu of contributions for a period of not less than the remainder of that calendar year and the next calendar year, beginning with the date on which such subjectivity begins, by filing a written notice of its election with the director not later than thirty days immediately following the date of the determination of such subjectivity.

(3) Any nonprofit organization which makes an election in accordance with this division will continue to be liable for payments in lieu of contributions for the period described in this division and until it files with the director a written notice terminating its election. The notice shall be filed not later than thirty days prior to the beginning of the calendar year for which the termination is to become effective.

(4) Any nonprofit organization which has been paying contributions for a period subsequent to January 1, 1972, may change to a reimbursable basis by filing with the director, not later than thirty days prior to the beginning of any calendar year, a written notice of election to become liable for payments in lieu of contributions. The election shall not be terminable by the organization during that calendar year and the next calendar year.

(5) The director, in accordance with any rules the director prescribes, shall notify each nonprofit organization of any determination which the director may make of its status as an employer and of the effective date of any election which it makes and of any termination of the election. Any determinations shall be subject to reconsideration, appeal, and review in accordance with section 4141.26 of the Revised Code.

(B) Except as provided in division (I) of section 4141.29 of the Revised Code, benefits based on service with a nonprofit organization granted a reimbursing status under this section shall be payable in the same amount, on the same terms, and subject to the same conditions, as benefits payable on the basis of other service subject to this chapter. Payments in lieu of contributions shall be made in accordance with this division and division (D) of section 4141.24 of the Revised Code.

(1)(a) At the end of each calendar quarter, or at the end of any other period as determined by the director under division (D)(3)(4) of section 4141.24 of the Revised Code, the director shall bill each nonprofit organization or group of such organizations which has elected to make payments in lieu of contributions for an amount equal to the full amount of regular benefits plus one half of the amount of extended benefits paid during such quarter or other prescribed period which is attributable to service in the employ of such organization.

(b) In the computation of the amount of benefits to be charged to employers liable for payments in lieu of contributions, all benefits attributable to service described in division (B)(1)(a) of this section shall be computed and charged to such organization as described in division (D) of section 4141.24 of the Revised Code, and, except as provided in division (D)(2) of section 4141.24 of the Revised Code, no portion of the amount may be charged to the mutualized account established by division (B) of section 4141.25 of the Revised Code.

(c) The director may prescribe regulations under which organizations, which have elected to make payments in lieu of contributions may request permission to make such payments in equal installments throughout the year with an adjustment at the end of the year for any excess or shortage of the amount of such installment payments compared with the total amount of benefits actually charged the organization's account during the year. In making any adjustment, where the total installment payments are less than the actual benefits charged, the organization shall be liable for payment of the unpaid balance in accordance with division (B)(2) of this section. If the total installment payments exceed the actual benefits charged, all or part of the excess may, at the discretion of the director, be refunded or retained in the fund as part of the payments which may be required in the next year.

(2) Payment of any bill rendered under division (B)(1) of this section shall be made not later than thirty days after the bill was mailed to the last known address of the organization or was otherwise delivered to it, unless there has been an application for review and redetermination in accordance with division (B)(4) of this section.

(3) Payments made by an organization under this section shall not be deducted or deductible, in whole or in part, from the remuneration of individuals in the employ of the organization.

(4) An organization may file an application for review and redetermination of the amounts appearing on any bill rendered to such organization under division (B)(1) of this section. The application shall be filed and determined under division (D)(3)(4) of section 4141.24 of the Revised Code.

(5) Past-due payments of amounts in lieu of contributions shall be subject to the same interest rates and collection procedures that apply to past-due contributions under sections 4141.23 and 414.27 of the Revised Code. In case of faiurre failure to file a required quarterly report within the time prescribed by the director, the nonprofit organization shall be subject to a forfeiture pursuant to section 4141.20 of the Revised Code for each quarterly report that is not timely filed.

All interest and forfeitures collected under this division shall be paid into the unemployment compensation special administrative fund as provided in section 4141.11 of the Revised Code.

(6) All payments in lieu of contributions collected under this section shall be paid into the unemployment compensation fund as provided in section 4141.09 of the Revised Code. Any refunds of such payments shall be paid from the unemployment compensation fund, as provided in section 4141.09 of the Revised Code.

(C)(1) Any nonprofit organization, or group of such organizations approved under division (D) of this section, that elects to become liable for payments in lieu of contributions shall be required within thirty days after the effective date of its election, to execute and file with the director a surety bond approved by the director or it may elect instead to deposit with the director approved municipal or other bonds, or approved securities, or a combination thereof, or other forms of collateral security approved by the director.

(2)(a) The amount of the bond or deposit required shall be equal to three per cent of the organization's wages paid for employment as defined in section 4141.01 of the Revised Code that would have been taxable had the organization been a subject employer during the four calendar quarters immediately preceding the effective date of the election, or the amount established by the director within the limitation provided in division (C)(2)(d) of this section, whichever is the less. The effective date of the amount of the bond or other collateral security required after the employer initially is determined by the director to be liable for payments in lieu of contributions shall be the renewal date in the case of a bond or the biennial anniversary of the effective date of election in the case of deposit of securities or other forms of collateral security approved by the director, whichever date shall be most recent and applicable. If the nonprofit organization did not pay wages in each of such four calendar quarters, the amount of the bond or deposit shall be as determined by the director under regulations prescribed for this purpose.

(b) Any bond or other form of collateral security approved by the director deposited under this division shall be in force for a period of not less than two calendar years and shall be renewed with the approval of the director, at such times as the director may prescribe, but not less frequently than at two-year intervals as long as the organization continues to be liable for payments in lieu of contributions. The director shall require adjustments to be made in a previously filed bond or other form of collateral security as the director considers appropriate. If the bond or other form of collateral security is to be increased, the adjusted bond or collateral security shall be filed by the organization within thirty days of the date that notice of the required adjustment was mailed or otherwise delivered to it. Failure by any organization covered by such bond or collateral security to pay the full amount of payments in lieu of contributions when due, together with any applicable interest provided for in division (B)(5) of this section, shall render the surety liable on the bond or collateral security to the extent of the bond or collateral security, as though the surety was the organization.

(c) Any securities accepted in lieu of surety bond by the director shall be deposited with the treasurer of state who shall have custody thereof and retain the same in the treasurer of state's possession, or release them, according to conditions prescribed by regulations of the director. Income from the securities, held in custody by the treasurer of state, shall accrue to the benefit of the depositor and shall be distributed to the depositor in the absence of any notification from the director that the depositor is in default on any payment owed to the director. The director may require the sale of any such bonds to the extent necessary to satisfy any unpaid payments in lieu of contributions, together with any applicable interest or forfeitures provided for in division (B)(5) of this section. The director shall require the employer within thirty days following any sale of deposited securities, under this subdivision, to deposit additional securities, surety bond, or combination of both, to make whole the employer's security deposit at the approved level. Any cash remaining from the sale of such securities may, at the discretion of the director, be refunded in whole or in part, or be paid into the unemployment compensation fund to cover future payments required of the organization.

(d) The required bond or deposit for any nonprofit organization, or group of such organizations approved by the director under division (D) of this section, that is determined by the director to be liable for payments in lieu of contributions effective beginning on and after January 1, 1996, but prior to January 1, 1998, and the required bond or deposit for any renewed elections under division (C)(2)(b) of this section effective during that period shall not exceed one million two hundred fifty thousand dollars. The required bond or deposit for any nonprofit organization, or group of such organizations approved by the director under division (D) of this section, that is determined to be liable for payments in lieu of contributions effective on and after January 1, 1998, and the required bond or deposit for any renewed elections effective on and after January 1, 1998, shall not exceed two million dollars.

(3) If any nonprofit organization fails to file a bond or make a deposit, or to file a bond in an increased amount or to make whole the amount of a previously made deposit, as provided under this division, the director may terminate the organization's election to make payments in lieu of contributions effective for the quarter following such failure and the termination shall continue for not less than the remainder of that calendar year and the next calendar year, beginning with the quarter in which the termination becomes effective; except that the director may extend for good cause the applicable filing, deposit, or adjustment period by not more than thirty days.

(D)(1) Two or more nonprofit organizations that have become liable for payments in lieu of contributions, in accordance with division (A) of this section, may file a joint application to the director for the establishment of the group account for the purpose of sharing the cost of benefits paid that are attributable to service in the employ of those employers. Notwithstanding division (E) of section 4141.242 of the Revised Code, hospitals operated by this state or a political subdivision may participate in a group account with nonprofit organizations under the procedures set forth in this section. Each application shall identify and authorize a group representative to act as the group's agent for the purposes of this division.

(2) Upon the director's approval of the application, the director shall establish a group account for the employers effective as of the beginning of the calendar quarter in which the director receives the application and shall notify the group's representative of the effective date of the account. The account shall remain in effect for not less than two years and thereafter until terminated by the director or upon application by the group.

(3) Upon establishment of the account, each member of the group shall be liable, in the event that the group representative fails to pay any bill issued to it pursuant to division (B) of this section, for payments in lieu of contributions with respect to each calendar quarter in the amount that bears the same ratio to the total benefits paid in the quarter that are attributable to service performed in the employ of all members of the group as the total wages paid for service in employment by the member in the quarter bear to the total wages paid during the quarter for service performed in the employ of all members of the group.

(4) The director shall adopt regulations as considered necessary with respect to the following: applications for establishment, bonding, maintenance, and termination of group accounts that are authorized by this section; addition of new members to and withdrawal of active members from such accounts; and the determination of the amounts that are payable under this division by the group representative and in the event of default in payment by the group representative, members of the group, and the time and manner of payments.

Sec. 4141.25.  (A) The director of job and family services shall determine as of each computation date the contribution rate of each contributing employer subject to this chapter for the next succeeding contribution period. The director shall determine a standard rate of contribution or an experience rate for each contributing employer. Once a rate of contribution has been established under this section for a contribution period, except as provided in division (D) of section 4141.26 of the Revised Code, that rate shall remain effective throughout such contribution period. The rate of contribution shall be determined in accordance with the following requirements:

(1) An employer whose experience does not meet the terms of division (A)(2) of this section shall be assigned a standard rate of contribution. Effective for contribution periods beginning on and after January 1, 1998, an employer's standard rate of contribution shall be a rate of two and seven-tenths per cent, except that the rate for employers engaged in the construction industry shall be the average contribution rate computed for the construction industry or a rate of two and seven-tenths per cent, whichever is greater. The standard rate set forth in this division shall be applicable to a nonprofit organization whose election to make payments in lieu of contributions is voluntarily terminated or canceled by the director under section 4141.241 of the Revised Code, and thereafter pays contributions as required by this section. If such nonprofit organization had been a contributory employer prior to its election to make payments in lieu of contributions, then any prior balance in the contributory account shall become part of the reactivated account.

As used in division (A) of this section, "the average contribution rate computed for the construction industry" means the most recent annual average rate attributable to the construction industry as prescribed by the director.

(2) A contributing employer subject to this chapter shall qualify for an experience rate only if the employer had no more than three there have been four consecutive quarters without employment subject to this chapter during the first seven of the eight completed calendar quarters, ending on the thirtieth day of June immediately prior to the computation date, throughout which the employer's account was chargeable with benefits. Upon meeting the qualifying requirements provided in division (A)(2) of this section, the director shall calculate the total credits to each employer's account consisting of the contributions other than mutualized contributions including all contributions paid prior to the computation date for all past periods plus:

(a) The contributions owing on the computation date that are paid within thirty days after the computation date, and credited to the employer's account;

(b) All voluntary contributions paid by an employer pursuant to division (B) of section 4141.24 of the Revised Code.

(3) The director also shall determine the benefits which are chargeable to each employer's account and which were paid prior to the computation date with respect to weeks of unemployment ending prior to the computation date. The director then shall determine the positive or negative balance of each employer's account by calculating the excess of such contributions and interest over the benefits chargeable, or the excess of such benefits over such contributions and interest. Any resulting negative balance then shall be subject to adjustment as provided in division (A)(2) of section 4141.24 of the Revised Code after which the positive or negative balance shall be expressed in terms of a percentage of the employer's average annual payroll. If the total standing to the credit of an employer's account exceeds the total charges, as provided in this division, the employer has a positive balance and if such charges exceed such credits the employer has a negative balance. Each employer's contribution rate shall then be determined in accordance with the following schedule:

Contribution Rate Schedule

If, as of the computation date the contribution rate balance of an employer's account as a percentage of the employer's average annual payroll isThe employer's contribution rate for the next succeeding contribution period shall be


(a) A negative balance of
20.0% or more6.5%
19.0% but less than20.0%6.4%
17.0% but less than19.0%6.3%
15.0% but less than17.0%6.2%
13.0% but less than15.0%6.1%
11.0% but less than13.0%6.0%
9.0% but less than11.0%5.9%
5.0% but less than 9.0%5.7%
4.0% but less than 5.0%5.5%
3.0% but less than 4.0%5.3%
2.0% but less than 3.0%5.1%
1.0% but less than 2.0%4.9%
more than 0.0% but less than 1.0%4.8%
(b) A 0.0% or a positive
balance of less than 1.0%4.7%
(c) A positive balance of
1.0% or more, but less than 1.5%4.6%
1.5% or more, but less than 2.0%4.5%
2.0% or more, but less than 2.5%4.3%
2.5% or more, but less than 3.0%4.0%
3.0% or more, but less than 3.5%3.8%
3.5% or more, but less than 4.0%3.5%
4.0% or more, but less than 4.5%3.3%
4.5% or more, but less than 5.0%3.0%
5.0% or more, but less than 5.5%2.8%
5.5% or more, but less than 6.0%2.5%
6.0% or more, but less than 6.5%2.2%
6.5% or more, but less than 7.0%2.0%
7.0% or more, but less than 7.5%1.8%
7.5% or more, but less than 8.0%1.6%
8.0% or more, but less than 8.5%1.4%
8.5% or more, but less than 9.0%1.3%
9.0% or more, but less than 9.5%1.1%
9.5% or more, but less than10.0%1.0%
10.0% or more, but less than10.5% .9%
10.5% or more, but less than11.0% .7%
11.0% or more, but less than11.5% .6%
11.5% or more, but less than12.0% .5%
12.0% or more, but less than12.5% .4%
12.5% or more, but less than13.0% .3%
13.0% or more, but less than14.0% .2%
14.0% or more .1%

(d) The contribution rates shall be as specified in divisions (a), (b), and (c) of the contribution rate schedule except that notwithstanding the amendments made to division (a) of the contribution rate schedule in this section, if, as of the computation date: for 1991, the negative balance is 5.0% or more, the contribution rate shall be 5.7%; for 1992, if the negative balance is 11.0% or more, the contribution rate shall be 6.0%; and for 1993, if the negative balance is 17.0% or more, the contzibution contribution rate shall be 6.3%. Thereafter, the contribution rates shall be as specified in the contribution rate schedule.

(B)(1) The director shall establish and maintain a separate account to be known as the "mutualized account." As of each computation date there shall be charged to this account:

(a) As provided in division (A)(2) of section 4141.24 of the Revised Code, an amount equal to the sum of that portion of the negative balances of employer accounts which exceeds the applicable limitations as such balances are computed under division (A) of this section as of such date;

(b) An amount equal to the sum of the negative balances remaining in employer accounts which have been closed during the year immediately preceding such computation date pursuant to division (E) of section 4141.24 of the Revised Code;

(c) An amount equal to the sum of all benefits improperly paid preceding such computation date which are not recovered but which are not charged to an employer's account, or which after being charged, are credited back to an employer's account;

(d) An amount equal to the sum of any other benefits paid preceding such computation date which, under this chapter, are not chargeable to an employer's account;

(e) An amount equal to the sum of any refunds made during the year immediately preceding such computation date of erroneously collected mutualized contributions required by this division which were previously credited to this account;

(f) An amount equal to the sum of any repayments made to the federal government during the year immediately preceding such computation date of amounts which may have been advanced by it to the unemployment compensation fund under section 1201 of the "Social Security Act," 49 Stat. 648 (1935), 42 U.S.C. 301;

(g) Any amounts appropriated by the general assembly out of funds paid by the federal government, under section 903 of the "Social Security Act," to the account of this state in the federal unemployment trust fund.

(2) As of every computation date there shall be credited to the mutualized account provided for in this division:

(a) The proceeds of the mutualized contributions as provided in this division;

(b) Any positive balances remaining in employer accounts which are closed as provided in division (E) of section 4141.24 of the Revised Code;

(c) Any benefits improperly paid which are recovered but which cannot be credited to an employer's account;

(d) All amounts which may be paid by the federal government under section 903 of the "Social Security Act" to the account of this state in the federal unemployment trust fund;

(e) Amounts advanced by the federal government to the account of this state in the federal unemployment trust fund under section 1201 of the "Social Security Act" to the extent such advances have been repaid to or recovered by the federal government;

(f) Interest credited to the Ohio unemployment trust fund as deposited with the secretary of the treasury of the United States.

(3) Annually, as of the computation date, the director shall determine the total credits and charges made to the mutualized account during the preceding twelve months and the overall condition of the account. The director shall issue an annual statement containing this information and such other information as the director deems pertinent, including a report that the sum of the balances in the mutualized account, employers' accounts, and any subsidiary accounts equal the balance in the state's unemployment trust fund maintained under section 904 of the "Social Security Act."

(4) As used in this division:

(a) "Fund as of the computation date" means as of any computation date, the aggregate amount of the unemployment compensation fund, including all contributions owing on the computation date that are paid within thirty days thereafter, all payments in lieu of contributions that are paid within sixty days after the computation date, all reimbursements of the federal share of extended benefits described in section 4141.301 of the Revised Code that are owing on the computation date, and all interest earned by the fund and received on or before the computation date from the federal government.

(b) "Minimum safe level" means an amount equal to two standard deviations above the average of the adjusted annual average unemployment compensation benefit payment from 1970 to the most recent calendar year prior to the computation date, as determined by the director pursuant to division (B)(4)(b) of this section. To determine the adjusted annual payment of unemployment compensation benefits, the director first shall multiply the number of weeks compensated during each calendar year beginning with 1970 by the most recent annual average weekly unemployment compensation benefit payment and then compute the average and standard deviation of the resultant products.

(c) "Annual average weekly unemployment compensation benefit payment" means the amount resulting from dividing the unemployment compensation benefits paid from the benefit account maintained within the unemployment compensation fund pursuant to section 4141.09 of the Revised Code, by the number of weeks compensated during the same time period.

(5) If, as of any computation date, the charges to the mutualized account during the entire period subsequent to the computation date, July 1, 1966, made in accordance with division (B)(1) of this section, exceed the credits to such account including mutualized contributions during such period, made in accordance with division (B)(2) of this section, the amount of such excess charges shall be recovered during the next contribution period. To recover such amount, the director shall compute the percentage ratio of such excess charges to the average annual payroll of all employers eligible for an experience rate under division (A) of this section. The percentage so determined shall be computed to the nearest tenth of one per cent and shall be an additional contribution rate to be applied to the wages paid by each employer whose rate is computed under the provisions of division (A) of this section in the contribution period next following such computation date, but such percentage shall not exceed five-tenths of one per cent; however, when there are any excess charges in the mutualized account, as computed in this division, then the mutualized contribution rate shall not be less than one-tenth of one per cent.

(6) If the fund as of the computation date is above or below minimum safe level, the contribution rates provided for in each classification in division (A)(3) of this section for the next contribution period shall be adjusted as follows:

(a) If the fund is thirty per cent or more above minimum safe level, the contribution rates provided in division (A)(3) of this section shall be decreased two-tenths of one per cent.

(b) If the fund is more than fifteen per cent but less than thirty per cent above minimum safe level, the contribution rates provided in division (A)(3) of this section shall be decreased one-tenth of one per cent.

(c) If the fund is more than fifteen per cent but less than thirty per cent below minimum safe level, the contribution rates of all employers shall be increased twenty-five one-thousandths of one per cent plus a per cent increase calculated and rounded pursuant to division (B)(6)(g) of this section.

(d) If the fund is more than thirty per cent but less than forty-five per cent below minimum safe level, the contribution rates of all employers shall be increased seventy-five one-thousandths of one per cent plus a per cent increase calculated and rounded pursuant to division (B)(6)(g) of this section.

(e) If the fund is more than forty-five per cent but less than sixty per cent below minimum safe level, the contribution rates of all employers shall be increased one-eighth of one per cent plus a per cent increase calculated and rounded pursuant to division (B)(6)(g) of this section.

(f) If the fund is sixty per cent or more below minimum safe level, the contribution rates of all employers shall be increased two-tenths of one per cent plus a per cent increase calculated and rounded pursuant to division (B)(6)(g) of this section.

(g) The additional per cent increase in contribution rates required by divisions (B)(6)(c), (d), (e), and (f) of this section that is payable by each individual employer shall be calculated in the following manner. The flat rate increase required by a particular division shall be multiplied by three and the product divided by the average experienced-rated contribution rate for all employers as determined by the director for the most recent calendar year. The resulting quotient shall be multiplied by an individual employer's contribution rate determined pursuant to division (A)(3) of this section. The resulting product shall be rounded to the nearest tenth of one per cent, added to the flat rate increase required by division (B)(6)(c), (d), (e), or (f) of this section, as appropriate, and the total shall be rounded to the nearest tenth of one per cent. As used in division (B)(6)(g) of this section, the "average experienced-rated contribution rate" means the most recent annual average contribution rate reported by the director contained in report RS 203.2 less the mutualized and minimum safe level contribution rates included in such rate.

(h) If any of the increased contribution rates of division (B)(6)(c), (d), (e), or (f) of this section are imposed, the rate shall remain in effect for the calendar year in which it is imposed and for each calendar year thereafter until the director determines as of the computation date for calendar year 1991 and as of the computation date for any calendar year thereafter pursuant to this section, that the level of the unemployment compensation fund equals or exceeds the minimum safe level as defined in division (B)(4)(b) of this section. Nothing in division (B)(6)(h) of this section shall be construed as restricting the imposition of the increased contribution rates provided in divisions (B)(6)(c), (d), (e), and (f) of this section if the fund falls below the percentage of the minimum safe level as specified in those divisions.

(7) The additional contributions required by division (B)(5) of this section shall be credited to the mutualized account. The additional contributions required by division (B)(6) of this section shall be credited fifty per cent to individual employer accounts and fifty per cent to the mutualized account.

(C) If an employer makes a payment of contributions which is less than the full amount required by divisions (A) and (B) of this section, such partial payment shall be applied first against the mutualized contributions required under division (B) of this section, including the additional contributions required under division (B)(6) of this section. Any remaining partial payment shall be credited to the employer's individual account.

(D) Whenever there are any increases in contributions resulting from an increase in wages subject to contributions as defined in division (G) of section 4141.01 of the Revised Code, or from an increase in the mutualized rate of contributions provided in division (B) of this section, or from a revision of the contribution rate schedule provided in division (A) of this section, except for that portion of the increase attributable to a change in the positive or negative balance in an employer's account, which increases become effective after a contract for the construction of real property, as defined in section 5701.02 of the Revised Code, has been entered into, the contractee upon written notice by a prime contractor shall reimburse the contractor for all increased contributions paid by the prime contractor or by subcontractors upon wages for services performed under the contract. Upon reimbursement by the contractee to the prime contractor, the prime contractor shall reimburse each subcontractor for the increased contributions.

(E) Effective only for the contribution period beginning on January 1, 1996, and ending on December 31, 1996, mutualized contributions collected or received by the director pursuant to division (B)(5) of this section and amounts credited to the mutualized account pursuant to division (B)(7) of this section shall be deposited into or credited to the unemployment compensation benefit reserve fund that is created under division (F) of this section, except that amounts collected, received, or credited in excess of two hundred million dollars shall be deposited into or credited to the unemployment trust fund established pursuant to section 4141.09 of the Revised Code.

(F) The state unemployment compensation benefit reserve fund is hereby created as a trust fund in the custody of the treasurer of state and shall not be part of the state treasury. The fund shall consist of all moneys collected or received as mutualized contributions pursuant to division (B)(5) of this section and amounts credited to the mutualized account pursuant to division (B)(7) of this section as provided by division (E) of this section. All moneys in the fund shall be used solely to pay unemployment compensation benefits in the event that funds are no longer available for that purpose from the unemployment trust fund established pursuant to section 4141.09 of the Revised Code.

(G) The balance in the unemployment compensation benefit reserve fund remaining at the end of the contribution period beginning January 1, 2000, and any mutualized contribution amounts for the contribution period beginning on January 1, 1996, that may be received after December 31, 2000, shall be deposited into the unemployment trust fund established pursuant to section 4141.09 of the Revised Code. Income earned on moneys in the state unemployment compensation benefit reserve fund shall be available for use by the director only for the purposes described in division (I) of this section, and shall not be used for any other purpose.

(H) The unemployment compensation benefit reserve fund balance shall be added to the unemployment trust fund balance in determining the minimum safe level tax to be imposed pursuant to division (B) of this section and shall be included in the mutualized account balance for the purpose of determining the mutualized contribution rate pursuant to division (B)(5) of this section.

(I) All income earned on moneys in the unemployment compensation benefit reserve fund from the investment of the fund by the treasurer of state shall accrue to the department of job and family services automation administration fund, which is hereby established in the state treasury. Moneys within the automation administration fund shall be used to meet the costs related to automation of the department and the administrative costs related to collecting and accounting for unemployment compensation benefit reserve fund revenue. Any funds remaining in the automation administration fund upon completion of the department's automation projects that are funded by that fund shall be deposited into the unemployment trust fund established pursuant to section 4141.09 of the Revised Code.

(J) The director shall prepare and submit monthly reports to the unemployment compensation advisory commission with respect to the status of efforts to collect and account for unemployment compensation benefit reserve fund revenue and the costs related to collecting and accounting for that revenue. The director shall obtain approval from the unemployment compensation advisory commission for expenditure of funds from the department of job and family services automation administration fund. Funds may be approved for expenditure for purposes set forth in division (I) of this section only to the extent that federal or other funds are not available.

Sec. 4141.28.  (A) Applications for determination of benefit rights and claims for benefits shall be filed with a deputy of the director of job and family services designated for the purpose. Such applications and claims may also be filed with an employee of another state or federal agency charged with the duty of accepting applications and claims for unemployment benefits or with an employee of the unemployment insurance commission of Canada.

When a former employee of a state agency, board, or commission that has terminated its operations files an application under this division, the former employee shall give notice that the agency, board, or commission has terminated its operations. All notices or information required to be sent under this chapter to or furnished by the applicant's employer shall be sent to or furnished by the director of administrative services.

(B)(1) When an unemployed individual files an application for determination of benefit rights, the director of job and family services shall furnish the individual with the information specified in division (A) of section 4141.321 of the Revised Code and with a pamphlet giving instructions for the steps an applicant may take if the applicant's claim for benefits is disallowed. The pamphlet instructions shall state the applicant's right of appeal, clearly describe the different levels of appeal, and explain where and when each appeal must be filed. In filing an application, the individual shall, for the individual's most recent employment, furnish the director with either:

(a) The information furnished by the employer as provided for in division (B)(2) of this section;

(b) The name and address of the employer for whom the individual performed services and the individual's written statement of the reason for separation from the employer.

Where the claimant has furnished information in accordance with division (B)(1)(b) of this section, the director shall promptly send a notice in writing that such filing has been made to the individual's most recent separating employer, which notice shall request from the employer the reason for the individual's unemployment, except when notice is not required, as specified in division (B)(5) of this section. The director also may request from any base period employer information necessary for the determination of the claimant's rights to benefits. Information as to the reason for unemployment preceding an additional claim shall be obtained in the same manner. Requests

Requests for such information shall be dated by the director with the date on which they are mailed. If the employer fails to mail or deliver such information within ten working days from the date the director mailed and dated such request, and if necessary to assure prompt payment of benefits when due, the director shall make the determination, and shall base the determination on such information as is available to the director, which shall include the claimant's statement made under division (B)(1)(b) of this section. The

The determination, as it relates to the claimant's determination of benefit rights, shall be amended upon receipt of correct remuneration information at any time within the benefit year and any benefits paid and charged to an employer's account prior to the receipt of such information shall be adjusted, effective as of the beginning of the claimant's benefit year.

(2) An employer who separates within any seven-day period fifty or more individuals because of lack of work, and these individuals upon separation will be unemployed as defined in division (R) of section 4141.01 of the Revised Code, shall furnish notice to the director of the dates of separation and the approximate number of individuals being separated. The notice shall be furnished at least three working days prior to the date of the first day of such separations. In addition, at the time of separation the employer shall furnish to the individual being separated or to the director separation information necessary to determine the individual's eligibility, on forms and in a manner approved by the director.

An employer who operates multiple business establishments at which both the effective authority for hiring and separation of employees and payroll information is located and who, because of lack of work, separates a total of fifty or more individuals at two or more business establishments is exempt from the first paragraph of division (B)(2) of this section. This paragraph shall not be construed to relieve an employer who operates multiple business establishments from complying with division (B)(2) of this section where the employer separates fifty or more individuals at any business establishment within a seven-day period.

An employer of individuals engaged in connection with the commercial canning or commercial freezing of fruits and vegetables is exempt from the provision of division (B)(2) of this section that requires an employer to furnish notice of separation at least three working days prior to the date of the first day of such separations.

(3) Where an individual at the time of filing an application for determination of benefit rights furnishes separation information provided by the employer or where the employer has provided the director with the information in accordance with division (B)(2) of this section, the director shall make a determination of eligibility on the basis of the information furnished. The director shall promptly notify all interested parties under division (D)(1) of this section of the determination.

(4) Where an employer has furnished separation information under division (B)(2) of this section which is insufficient to enable the director to make a determination of a claim for benefits of an individual, or where the individual fails at the time of filing an application for determination of benefit rights to produce the separation information furnished by an employer, the director shall follow the provisions specified in division (B)(1) of this section.

(5) The administrator need not send the notice required under division (B)(1) of this section if any of the following is true with respect to an individual's application for determination of benefit rights:

(a) The administrator is prohibited by law from revising a previous determination concerning whether the individual may be disqualified from receiving benefits;

(b) The individual's employer indicates to the administrator that the notice is not needed;

(c) The individual's separation is one among fifty or more individuals separated by the same employer due to a lack of work, the administrator received information regarding the separations pursuant to division (B)(2) of this section, and the reason for the separation is not disputed.

(C) The director shall promptly examine any application for determination of benefit rights filed, and on the basis of any facts found by the director shall determine whether or not the application is valid, and if valid, the date on which the benefit year shall commence and the weekly benefit amount. The claimant, the most recent employer, and any other employer in the claimant's base period shall promptly be notified of the determination and the reasons therefor. In addition, the determination issued to the claimant shall include the total amount of benefits payable, and the determination issued to each chargeable base period employer shall include the total amount of benefits which may be charged to the employer's account.

(D)(1) The director shall examine the first claim for benefits filed in any benefit year, and any additional claim, and on the basis of any facts found by the director shall determine whether division (D) of section 4141.29 of the Revised Code is applicable to the claimant's most recent separation and, to the extent necessary, prior separations from work, and whether the separation reason is qualifying or disqualifying for the ensuing period of unemployment. Notice of such determination shall be mailed to the claimant, the claimant's most recent separating employer, and any other employer involved in the determination.

(a) Whenever the director has reason to believe that the unemployment of twenty-five or more individuals relates to a labor dispute, the director, within five calendar days after their claims are filed, shall schedule a hearing concerning the reason for unemployment. Notice of the hearing shall be sent to all interested parties, including the duly authorized representative of the parties, as provided in division (D)(1) of this section. The hearing date shall be scheduled so as to provide at least ten days' prior notice of the time and date of the hearing. A similar hearing, in such cases, may be scheduled when there is a dispute as to the duration or ending date of the labor dispute.

(b) The director shall appoint a hearing officer to conduct the hearing of the case under division (D)(1)(a) of this section. The hearing officer is not bound by common law or statutory rules of evidence or by technical or formal rules of procedure, but shall take any steps that are reasonable and necessary to obtain the facts and determine whether the claimants are entitled to benefits under the law. The failure of any interested party to appear at the hearing shall not preclude a decision based upon all the facts available to the hearing officer. The proceeding at the hearing shall be recorded by mechanical means or by other means prescribed by the director. The record need not be transcribed unless an application for appeal is filed on the decision and the chairperson of the unemployment compensation review commission requests a transcript of the hearing within fourteen days after the application for appeal is received by the commission. The director shall prescribe rules concerning the conduct of the hearings and all related matters and appoint an attorney to direct the operation of this function.

(c) The director shall issue the hearing officer's decisions and reasons therefor on the case within ten calendar days after the hearing. The hearing officer's decision issued by the director is final unless an application for appeal is filed with the review commission within twenty-one days after the decision was mailed to all interested parties. The director, within the twenty-one-day appeal period, may remove and vacate the decision and issue a revised determination and appeal date.

(d) Upon receipt of the application for appeal, the full review commission shall review the director's decision and either schedule a further hearing on the case or disallow the application. The review commission shall review the director's decision within fourteen days after receipt of the decision or the receipt of a transcript requested under division (D)(1)(b) of this section, whichever is later.

(i) When a further hearing is granted, the commission shall make the director's decision and record of the case, as certified by the director, a part of the record and shall consider the director's decision and record in arriving at a decision on the case. The commission's decision affirming, modifying, or reversing the director's decision, following the further appeal, shall be mailed to all interested parties within fourteen days after the hearing.

(ii) A decision of the disallowance of a further appeal shall be mailed to all interested parties within fourteen days after the commission makes the decision to disallow. The disallowance is deemed an affirmation of the director's decision.

(iii) The time limits specified in divisions (D)(1)(a), (b), (c), and (d) of this section may be extended by agreement of all interested parties or for cause beyond the control of the director or the commission.

(e) An appeal of the commission's decision issued under division (D)(1)(d) of this section may be taken to the court of common pleas as provided in division (O) of this section.

(f) A labor dispute decision involving fewer than twenty-five individuals shall be determined under division (D)(1) of this section and the review commission shall determine any appeal from the decision pursuant to division (M) of this section and within the time limits provided in division (D)(1)(d) of this section.

(2) The determination of a first or additional claim, including the reasons therefor, shall be mailed to the claimant, the claimant's most recent separating employer, and any other employer involved in the determination.

When the determination of a continued claim results in a disallowed claim, the director shall notify the claimant of such disallowance and the reasons therefor.

(3) Where the claim for benefits is directly attributable to unemployment caused by a major disaster, as declared by the president of the United States pursuant to the "Disaster Relief Act of 1970," 84 Stat. 1745, 42 U.S.C.A. 4402, and the individual filing the claim would otherwise have been eligible for disaster unemployment assistance under that act, then upon application by the employer any benefits paid on the claim shall not be charged to the account of the employer who would have been charged on such claim but instead shall be charged to the mutualized account described in section 4141.25 of the Revised Code, provided that this division is not applicable to an employer electing reimbursing status under section 4141.241 of the Revised Code, except reimbursing employers for whom benefit charges are charged to the mutualized account pursuant to division (D)(2) of section 4141.24 of the Revised Code.

(4)(a) An individual filing a new claim for unemployment compensation shall disclose, at the time of filing, whether or not the individual owes child support obligations. In such a case, the director shall notify the appropriate work unit within the department or the local child support enforcement agency enforcing the obligation only if the claimant has been determined to be eligible for unemployment compensation.

(b) The director shall deduct and withhold from unemployment compensation payable to an individual who owes child support obligations:

(i) Any amount required to be deducted and withheld from the unemployment compensation pursuant to legal process, as that term is defined in section 459(i)(5) of the "Social Security Act," as amended by the "Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996," 100 Stat. 2105, 42 U.S.C. 659, and properly served upon the director, as described in division (D)(4)(c) of this section; or

(ii) Where division (D)(4)(b)(i) of this section is inapplicable, in the amount determined pursuant to an agreement submitted to the director under section 454(19)(B)(i) of the "Social Security Act," 88 Stat. 2351, 42 U.S.C. 654, as amended, by the state or local child support enforcement agency; or

(iii) If neither division (D)(4)(b)(i) nor (ii) of this section is applicable, then in the amount specified by the individual.

(c) The director shall receive all legal process described in division (D)(4)(b)(i) of this section from each local child support enforcement agency, which legal process was issued by the agency under section 2301.371 of the Revised Code or otherwise was issued by the agency.

(d) The amount of unemployment compensation subject to being withheld pursuant to division (D)(4)(b) of this section is that amount which remains payable to the individual after application of any recoupment provisions for recovery of overpayments and after deductions which have been made under this chapter for deductible income received by the individual. Effective for applications to establish unemployment compensation benefit rights filed after December 27, 1997, the amount withheld with respect to a week of unemployment benefits shall not exceed fifty per cent of the individual's weekly benefit amount as determined by the director.

(e) Any amount deducted and withheld under division (D)(4)(b) of this section shall be paid to the appropriate state or local child support enforcement agency in the following manner:

(i) The director shall determine the amounts that are to be deducted and withheld on a per county basis.

(ii) For each county, the director shall forward to the local child support enforcement agency of the county, the amount determined for that county under division (D)(4)(e)(i) of this section for disbursement to the obligees or assignees of such support obligations.

(f) Any amount deducted and withheld under division (D)(4)(b) of this section shall for all purposes be treated as if it were paid to the individual as unemployment compensation and paid by the individual to the state or local child support agency in satisfaction of the individual's child support obligations.

(g) Division (D)(4) of this section applies only if appropriate arrangements have been made for reimbursement by the state or local child support enforcement agency for the administrative costs incurred by the director under this section which are associated with or attributable to child support obligations being enforced by the state or local child support enforcement agency.

(h) As used in division (D)(4) of this section:

(i) "Child support obligations" means only obligations which are being enforced pursuant to a plan described in section 454 of the "Social Security Act," 88 Stat. 2351, 42 U.S.C. 654, as amended, which has been approved by the United States secretary of health and human services under part D of Title IV of the "Social Security Act," 88 Stat. 2351, 42 U.S.C. 651, as amended.

(ii) "State child support enforcement agency" means the work unit within the department of job and family services, or the state agency of another state, designated as the single state agency for the administration of the program of child support enforcement pursuant to part D of Title IV of the "Social Security Act," 88 Stat. 2351, 42 U.S.C. 651, as amended.

(iii) "Local child support enforcement agency" means a child support enforcement agency or any other agency of a political subdivision of the state operating pursuant to a plan mentioned in division (D)(4)(h)(i) of this section.

(iv) "Unemployment compensation" means any compensation payable under this chapter including amounts payable by the director pursuant to an agreement under any federal law providing for compensation, assistance, or allowances with respect to unemployment.

(E)(1) Any base period or subsequent employer of a claimant who has knowledge of specific facts affecting such claimant's right to receive benefits for any week may notify the director in writing of such facts. The director shall prescribe a form to be used for such eligibility notice, but failure to use the prescribed form shall not preclude the director's examination of any notice.

(2) An eligibility notice is timely filed if received by the director or postmarked prior to or within forty-five calendar days after the end of the week with respect to which a claim for benefits is filed by the claimant. An employer who does not timely file an eligibility notice shall not be an interested party with respect to the claim for benefits which is the subject of the notice.

(3) The director shall consider the information contained in the eligibility notice, together with other facts found by the director and, after giving notice to the claimant, shall determine, unless a prior determination on the same eligibility issue has become final, whether such claim shall be allowed or disallowed, and shall mail notice of such determination to the notifying employer who timely filed the eligibility notice, to the claimant, and to other interested parties. If the determination disallows benefits for any week in question, the payment of benefits with respect to that week shall be withheld pending further appeal, or an overpayment order shall be issued by the director as prescribed in section 4141.35 of the Revised Code, if applicable.

(F) In making determinations, the director shall follow decisions of the unemployment compensation review commission which have become final with respect to claimants similarly situated.

(G)(1) Until October 1, 1998, any interested party notified of a determination of an application for determination of benefit rights or a claim for benefits may, within twenty-one calendar days after the notice was mailed to the party's last known post-office address, apply in writing for a reconsideration of the director's determination.

On and after October 1, 1998, any Any party notified of a determination may appeal within twenty-one calendar days after notice was mailed to the party's last known post-office address or within an extended period pursuant to division (Q)(P) of this section. Upon receipt of the appeal, the director either shall issue a redetermination within twenty-one days of receipt or transfer the appeal to the commission, which shall acquire jurisdiction over the appeal. If the director issues a redetermination, the redetermination shall void the prior determination. A redetermination under this section is appealable to the same extent that a determination is appealable.

(2) If the director finds within the benefit year that the determination was erroneous due to an error in an employer's report other than a report to correct remuneration information as provided in division (B) of this section or any typographical or clerical error in the director's determination, the director shall issue a corrected determination to all interested parties, which determination shall take precedence over and void the prior determination of the director, provided no appeal has been filed with the commission.

(3) If benefits are allowed by the director in a determination, or in a decision by a hearing officer, the review commission, or a court, the benefits shall be paid promptly, notwithstanding any further appeal, provided that if benefits are denied on appeal, of which the parties have notice and an opportunity to be heard, the payment of benefits shall be withheld pending a decision on any further appeal.

(4) Any benefits paid to a claimant under this section prior to a final determination of the claimant's right to the benefits shall be charged to the employer's account as provided in division (D) of section 4141.24 of the Revised Code, provided that if there is no final determination of the claim by the subsequent thirtieth day of June, the employer's account will be credited with the total amount of benefits which has been paid prior to that date, based on the determination which has not become final. The total amount credited to the employer's account shall be charged to a suspense account which shall be maintained as a separate bookkeeping account and administered as a part of section 4141.24 of the Revised Code, and shall not be used in determining the account balance of the employer for the purpose of computing the employer's contribution rate under section 4141.25 of the Revised Code. If it is finally determined that the claimant is entitled to all or a part of the benefits in dispute, the suspense account shall be credited and the appropriate employer's account charged with the benefits. If it is finally determined that the claimant is not entitled to all or any portion of the benefits in dispute, the benefits shall be credited to the suspense account and a corresponding charge made to the mutualized account established in division (B) of section 4141.25 of the Revised Code, provided that, except as otherwise provided in this division, if benefits are chargeable to an employer or group of employers who is required or elects to make payments to the fund in lieu of contributions under section 4141.241 of the Revised Code, the benefits shall be charged to the employer's account in the manner provided in division (D) of section 4141.24 and division (B) of section 4141.241 of the Revised Code, and no part of the benefits may be charged to the suspense account provided in this division. To the extent that benefits which have been paid to a claimant and charged to the employer's account are found not to be due the claimant and are recovered by the director as provided in section 4141.35 of the Revised Code, they shall be credited to the employer's account.

(H) Until October 1, 1998, any interested party may appeal the director's decision on reconsideration to the commission and unless an appeal is filed from such decision on reconsideration with the commission within twenty-one calendar days after such decision was mailed to the last known post-office address of the appellant, or within an extended period pursuant to division (Q) of this section, such decision on reconsideration is final and benefits shall be paid or denied in accordance therewith. The date of the mailing provided by the director on determination or decision on reconsideration is sufficient evidence upon which to conclude that the determination or decision on reconsideration was mailed on that date.

On and after October 1, 1998, the The date of the mailing provided by the director on the determination or redetermination is sufficient evidence upon which to conclude that the determination or redetermination was mailed on that date.

(I) Appeals may be filed with the director, commission, with an employee of another state or federal agency charged with the duty of accepting claims, or with the unemployment insurance commission of Canada.

(1) Any timely written notice that the interested party desires to appeal shall be accepted.

(2) The director, commission, or authorized agent must receive the appeal within the specified appeal period in order for the appeal to be deemed timely filed, except that:

(a) If the United States postal service is used as the means of delivery, the enclosing envelope must have a postmark date, as governed by United States postal regulations, that is on or before the last day of the specified appeal period; and

(b) Where the postmark date is illegible or missing, the appeal is timely filed if received no later than the end of the third calendar day following the last day of the specified appeal period.

(3) The director may adopt rules pertaining to alternate methods of filing appeals.

(J) When an appeal from a determination of the director is taken to the commission at the hearing officer level, all interested parties shall be notified and the commission, after affording such parties reasonable opportunity for a fair hearing, shall affirm, modify, or reverse the determination of the director in the manner that appears just and proper. However, the commission may refer a case to the director for a redetermination if the commission decides that the case does not require a hearing. In the conduct of a hearing by a hearing officer or any other hearing on appeal to the commission which is provided in this section, the hearing officers are not bound by common law or statutory rules of evidence or by technical or formal rules of procedure. The hearing officers shall take any steps in the hearings, consistent with the impartial discharge of their duties, which appear reasonable and necessary to ascertain the facts and determine whether the claimant is entitled to benefits under the law. The hearings shall be de novo, except that the director's file pertaining to a case shall be included in the record to be considered.

The hearing officers may conduct any such hearing in person or by telephone. The commission shall adopt rules which designate the circumstances under which hearing officers may conduct a hearing by telephone, grant a party to the hearing the opportunity to object to a hearing by telephone, and govern the conduct of hearings by telephone. An interested party whose hearing would be by telephone pursuant to the commission rules may elect to have an in-person hearing, provided that the party electing the in-person hearing agrees to have the hearing at the time and place the commission determines pursuant to rule.

(1) The failure of the claimant or other interested party to appear at a hearing, unless the claimant or interested party is the appealing party, shall not preclude a decision in the claimant's or interested party's favor, if on the basis of all the information in the record, including that contained in the file of the director, the claimant or interested party is entitled to the decision.

(2) If the party appealing fails to appear at the hearing, the hearing officer shall dismiss the appeal, provided that the hearing officer or commission shall vacate the dismissal upon a showing that due notice of the hearing was not mailed to such party's last known address or good cause for the failure to appear is shown to the commission within fourteen days after the hearing date. No further appeal from the decision may thereafter be instituted by such party. If the other party fails to appear at the hearing, the hearing officer shall proceed with the hearing and shall issue a decision based on the evidence of record, including the director's file. The commission shall vacate the decision upon a showing that due notice of the hearing was not mailed to such party's last known address or good cause for such party's failure to appear is shown to the commission within fourteen days after the hearing date.

(3) Where a party requests that a hearing be scheduled in the evening because the party is employed during the day, the commission shall schedule the hearing during such hours as the party is not employed.

(4) The interested parties may waive, in writing, the hearing. If the parties waive the hearing, the hearing officer shall issue a decision based on the evidence of record, including the director's file.

(K) The proceedings at the hearing before the hearing officer, shall be recorded by mechanical means or otherwise as may be prescribed by the commission. In the absence of further proceedings, the record that is made need not be transcribed.

(L) All interested parties shall be notified of the hearing officer's decision, which shall include the reasons therefor. The hearing officer's decision shall become final unless, within twenty-one days after the decision was mailed to the last known post-office address of such parties, or within an extended period pursuant to division (Q)(P) of this section, the commission on its own motion removes or transfers such claim to the review level, or upon a request for review that is filed by an interested party and is allowed by the commission.

(M) In the conduct of a hearing by the commission or a hearing officer at the review level, the commission and the hearing officers are not bound by common law or statutory rules of evidence or by technical or formal rules of procedure. The commission and the hearing officers shall take any steps in the hearings, consistent with the impartial discharge of their duties, that appear reasonable and necessary to ascertain the facts and determine whether the claimant is entitled to benefits under the law.

(1) The review commission, or a hearing officer designated by the commission, shall consider an appeal at the review level under the following circumstances:

(a) When an appeal is required to be heard initially by the commission pursuant to this chapter;

(b) When the commission on its own motion removes an appeal within twenty-one days after a hearing officer issues the hearing officer's decision in the case;

(c) When a hearing officer refers an appeal to the commission within twenty-one days after the hearing officer issues the hearing officer's decision in the case;

(d) When an interested party files a request for review with the commission within twenty-one days after the date a hearing officer issues the hearing officer's decision in the case. The commission shall disallow the request for review if it is not timely filed.

The commission may remove, and a hearing officer may refer, appeals involving decisions of potentially precedential value.

(2) If a request for review is timely filed, the commission shall decide whether to allow or disallow the request for review.

If the request for review is disallowed, the commission shall notify all interested parties of that fact. The disallowance of a request for review constitutes a final decision by the commission for purposes of appeal to court. If the request for review is allowed, the commission shall notify all interested parties of that fact, and the commission shall provide a reasonable period of time, as the commission defines by rule, in which interested parties may file a response. After that period of time, the commission, based on the record before it, shall do one of the following at the review level:

(a) Affirm the decision of the hearing officer;

(b) Order that the case be heard or reheard by a hearing officer;

(c) Order that the case be heard or reheard by a hearing officer as a potential precedential decision;

(d) Order that the decision be rewritten.

(3) The commission shall send notice to all interested parties when it orders a case to be heard or reheard. The notice shall include the reasons for the hearing or rehearing. If the commission identifies an appeal as a potentially precedential case, the commission shall notify the director and other interested parties of the special nature of the hearing.

(N) Whenever the director and the chairperson of the review commission determine in writing and certify jointly that a controversy exists with respect to the proper application of this chapter to more than five hundred claimants similarly situated whose claims are pending before the director or the review commission or both on redetermination or appeal applied for or filed by three or more employers or by such claimants, the chairperson of the review commission shall select one such claim which is representative of all such claims and assign it for a fair hearing and decision. Any other claimant or employer in the group who makes a timely request to participate in the hearing and decision shall be given a reasonable opportunity to participate as a party to the proceeding.

Such joint certification by the director and the chairperson of the commission shall constitute a stay of further proceedings in the claims of all claimants similarly situated until the issue or issues in controversy are adjudicated by the supreme court of Ohio. At the time the decision of the commission is issued, the chairperson shall certify the commission's decision directly to the supreme court of Ohio and the chairperson shall file with the clerk of the supreme court a certified copy of the transcript of the proceedings before the commission pertaining to such decision. Hearings on such issues shall take precedence over all other civil cases. If upon hearing and consideration of such record the court decides that the decision of the commission is unlawful, the court shall reverse and vacate the decision or modify it and enter final judgment in accordance with such modification; otherwise such court shall affirm such decision. The notice of the decision of the commission to the interested parties shall contain a certification by the chairperson of the commission that the decision is of great public interest and that a certified transcript of the record of the proceedings before the commission has been filed with the clerk of the supreme court as an appeal to the court. Promptly upon the final judgment of the court, the director and the commission shall decide those claims pending before them where the facts are similar and shall notify all interested parties of such decision and the reason therefor in the manner provided for in this section. Nothing in this division shall be construed so as to deny the right of any such claimant, whose claim is pending before the director on redetermination or before the commission, to apply for and be granted an opportunity for a fair hearing to show that the facts in the claimant's case are different from the facts in the claim selected as the representative claim as provided in this division, nor shall any such claimant be denied the right to appeal the decision of the director or the commission which is made as a result of the decision of the court in the representative case.

(O)(1) Any interested party as defined in division (I) of section 4141.01 of the Revised Code, within thirty days after notice of the decision of the commission was mailed to the last known post-office address of all interested parties, may appeal from the decision of the commission to the court of common pleas of the county where the appellant, if an employee, is resident or was last employed or of the county where the appellant, if an employer, is resident or has the principal place of business in this state. The commission shall provide on its decision the names and addresses of all interested parties. Such appeal shall be taken within such thirty days by the appellant by filing a notice of appeal with the clerk of the court of common pleas. Such filing shall be the only act required to perfect the appeal and vest jurisdiction in the court. Failure of an appellant to take any step other than timely filing of a notice of appeal does not affect the validity of the appeal, but is grounds only for such action as the court deems appropriate, which may include dismissal of the appeal. Such notice of appeal shall set forth the decision appealed from. The appellant shall mail a copy of the notice of appeal to the commission and to all interested parties by certified mail to their last known post-office address and proof of the mailing of the notice shall be filed with the clerk within thirty days of filing the notice of appeal. All interested parties shall be made appellees. The commission upon receipt of the notice of appeal shall within thirty days file with the clerk a certified transcript of the record of the proceedings before the commission pertaining to the decision complained of, and mail a copy of the transcript to the appellant's attorney or to the appellant, if not represented by counsel. The appellant shall file a statement of the assignments of error presented for review within sixty days of the filing of the notice of appeal with the court. The appeal shall be heard upon such record certified by the commission. After an appeal has been filed in the court, the commission may, by petition, be made a party to such appeal. If the court finds that the decision was unlawful, unreasonable, or against the manifest weight of the evidence, it shall reverse and vacate such decision or it may modify such decision and enter final judgment in accordance with such modification; otherwise such court shall affirm such decision. Any interested party shall have the right to appeal from the decision of the court as in civil cases.

(2) If an appeal is filed after the thirty-day appeal period established in division (O)(N)(1) of this section, the court of common pleas shall conduct a hearing to determine whether the appeal was timely filed pursuant to division (Q)(P) of this section. At the hearing, additional evidence may be introduced and oral arguments may be presented regarding the timeliness of the filing of the appeal. If the court of common pleas determines that the time for filing the appeal is extended as provided in division (Q)(P) of this section and that the appeal was filed within the extended time provided in that division, the court shall thereafter make its decision on the merits of the appeal. If the court of common pleas determines that the time for filing the appeal may not be extended as provided in division (Q)(P) of this section, the court shall dismiss the appeal accordingly. The determination on timeliness by the court of common pleas may be appealed to the court of appeals as in civil cases, and such appeal shall be consolidated with any appeal from the decision by the court of common pleas on the merits of the appeal.

(P)(O) Any appeal from a determination or redetermination of the director or a decision or order of the commission may be executed in behalf of any party or any group of claimants by an agent.

(Q)(P) The time for filing an appeal, a request for review, or a court appeal under this section shall be extended as follows:

(1) When the last day of an appeal period is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the appeal period is extended to the next work day after the Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday.

(2) When an interested party provides certified medical evidence stating that the interested party's physical condition or mental capacity prevented the interested party from filing an appeal or request for review pursuant to division (G), (H), or (L) of this section within the appropriate twenty-one-day period, the appeal period is extended to twenty-one days after the end of the physical or mental condition and the appeal, or request for review is considered timely filed if filed within that extended period.

(3) When an interested party provides evidence, which evidence may consist of testimony from the interested party, that is sufficient to establish that the party did not actually receive the determination or decision within the applicable appeal period pursuant to division (G), (H), or (L) of this section, and the director or the commission finds that the interested party did not actually receive the determination or decision within the applicable appeal period, then the appeal period is extended to twenty-one days after the interested party actually receives the determination or decision.

(4) When an interested party provides evidence, which evidence may consist of testimony from the interested party, that is sufficient to establish that the party did not actually receive a decision within the thirty-day appeal period provided in division (O)(N)(1) of this section, and a court of common pleas finds that the interested party did not actually receive the decision within that thirty-day appeal period, then the appeal period is extended to thirty days after the interested party actually receives the decision.

(R)(Q) No finding of fact or law, decision, or order of the director, hearing officer, or the review commission, or a reviewing court pursuant to this section, shall be given collateral estoppel or res judicata effect in any separate or subsequent judicial, administrative, or arbitration proceeding, other than a proceeding arising under this chapter.

Sec. 4141.281.  (A) Whenever the director of job and family services has reason to believe that the unemployment of twenty-five or more individuals relates to a labor dispute, the director, within five calendar days after their claims are filed, shall schedule a hearing concerning the reason for unemployment. Notice of the hearing shall be sent to all interested parties, including the duly authorized representative of the parties, as provided in division (D)(1) of section 4141.28 of the Revised Code. The hearing date shall be scheduled so as to provide at least ten days' prior notice of the time and date of the hearing. A similar hearing, in such cases, may be scheduled when there is a dispute as to the duration or ending date of the labor dispute.

(B) The director shall appoint a hearing officer to conduct the hearing of the case under division (A) of this section. The hearing officer is not bound by common law or statutory rules of evidence or by technical or formal rules of procedure, but shall take any steps that are reasonable and necessary to obtain the facts and determine whether the claimants are entitled to benefits under the law. The failure of any interested party to appear at the hearing shall not preclude a decision based upon all the facts available to the hearing officer. The proceeding at the hearing shall be recorded by mechanical means or by other means prescribed by the director. The record need not be transcribed unless an application for appeal is filed on the decision and the chairperson of the unemployment compensation review commission requests a transcript of the hearing within fourteen days after the application for appeal is received by the commission. The director shall prescribe rules concerning the conduct of the hearings and all related matters and appoint an attorney to direct the operation of this function.

(C) The director shall issue the hearing officer's decisions and reasons therefor on the case within ten calendar days after the hearing. The hearing officer's decision issued by the director is final unless an application for appeal is filed with the review commission within twenty-one days after the decision was mailed to all interested parties. The director, within the twenty-one-day appeal period, may remove and vacate the decision and issue a revised determination and appeal date.

(D) Upon receipt of the application for appeal, the full review commission shall review the director's decision, and then schedule a further hearing on the case, disallow the application without further hearing, or modify or reverse the director's decision. The review commission shall review the director's decision within fourteen days after receipt of the decision or the receipt of a transcript requested under division (B) of this section, whichever is later.

(1) When a further hearing is granted, the commission shall make the director's decision and record of the case, as certified by the director, a part of the record and shall consider the director's decision and record in arriving at a decision on the case. The commission's decision affirming, modifying, or reversing the director's decision, following the further appeal, shall be mailed to all interested parties within fourteen days after the hearing.

(2) A decision to disallow a further appeal or to modify or reverse the director's decision shall be mailed to all interested parties within fourteen days after the commission makes the decision. A disallowance is deemed an affirmation of the director's decision.

(3) The time limits specified in this section may be extended by agreement of all interested parties or for cause beyond the control of the director or the commission.

(E) An appeal of the commission's decision issued under division (D) of this section may be taken to the court of common pleas as provided in division (N) of section 4141.28 of the Revised Code.

(F) A labor dispute decision involving fewer than twenty-five individuals shall be determined under division (D)(1) of section 4141.28 of the Revised Code, and the review commission shall determine any appeal from the decision pursuant to division (M) of that section and within the time limits provided in division (D) of this section.

Sec. 4141.282.  (A) When a claim for unemployment compensation is filed by an individual who owes child support obligations, the director of job and family services shall notify the state or local child support enforcement agency enforcing the obligation only if the claimant has been determined to be eligible for unemployment compensation.

(B) The director shall deduct and withhold from unemployment compensation payable to an individual who owes child support obligations:

(1) Any amount required to be deducted and withheld from the unemployment compensation pursuant to legal process, as that term is defined in section 459(i)(5) of the "Social Security Act," as amended by the "Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996," 100 Stat. 2105, 42 U.S.C. 659, and properly served upon the director, as described in division (C) of this section; or

(2) Where division (B)(1) of this section is inapplicable, in the amount determined pursuant to an agreement submitted to the director under section 454(19)(B)(i) of the "Social Security Act," 88 Stat. 2351, 42 U.S.C. 654, as amended, by the state or local child support enforcement agency; or

(3) If neither division (B)(1) nor (2) of this section is applicable, then in the amount specified by the individual.

(C) The director shall receive all legal process described in division (B)(1) of this section from each local child support enforcement agency, which legal process was issued by the agency under section 2301.371 of the Revised Code or otherwise was issued by the agency.

(D) The amount of unemployment compensation subject to being withheld pursuant to division (B) of this section is that amount that remains payable to the individual after application of any recoupment provisions for recovery of overpayments and after deductions that have been made under this chapter for deductible income received by the individual.

(E) Any amount deducted and withheld under division (B) of this section shall be paid to the appropriate state or local child support enforcement agency in the following manner:

(1) The director shall determine the amounts that are to be deducted and withheld on a per county basis.

(2) For each county, the director shall forward to the local child support enforcement agency of the county, the amount determined for that county under division (E)(1) of this section for disbursement to the obligees or assignees of such support obligations.

(F) Any amount deducted and withheld under division (B) of this section shall for all purposes be treated as if it were paid to the individual as unemployment compensation and paid by the individual to the state or local child support agency in satisfaction of the individual's child support obligations.

(G) This section applies only if appropriate arrangements have been made for reimbursement by the state or local child support enforcement agency for the administrative costs incurred by the director under this section which are associated with or attributable to child support obligations being enforced by the state or local child support enforcement agency.

(H) As used in this section:

(1) "Child support obligations" means only obligations that are being enforced pursuant to a plan described in section 454 of the "Social Security Act," 88 Stat. 2351, 42 U.S.C. 654, as amended, which has been approved by the United States secretary of health and human services under part D of Title IV of the "Social Security Act," 88 Stat. 2351, 42 U.S.C. 651, as amended.

(2) "State child support enforcement agency" means the work unit within the department of job and family services, or the state agency of another state, designated as the single state agency for the administration of the program of child support enforcement pursuant to part D of Title IV of the "Social Security Act," 88 Stat. 2351, 42 U.S.C. 651, as amended.

(3) "Local child support enforcement agency" means a child support enforcement agency or any other agency of a political subdivision of the state operating pursuant to a plan mentioned in division (H)(1) of this section.

(4) "Unemployment compensation" means any compensation payable under this chapter including amounts payable by the director pursuant to an agreement under any federal law providing for compensation, assistance, or allowances with respect to unemployment.

Sec. 4141.283.  Where a claim for benefits is directly attributable to unemployment caused by a major disaster, as declared by the president of the United States pursuant to the "Disaster Relief Act of 1970," 84 Stat. 1745, 42 U.S.C.A. 4402, and the individual filing the claim would otherwise have been eligible for disaster unemployment assistance under that act, then upon application by the employer, any benefits paid on the claim shall not be charged to the account of the employer who would have been charged on that claim but instead shall be charged to the mutualized account described in section 4141.25 of the Revised Code, provided that this division is not applicable to an employer electing reimbursing status under section 4141.241 of the Revised Code, except reimbursing employers for whom benefit charges are charged to the mutualized account pursuant to division (D)(2) of section 4141.24 of the Revised Code.

Sec. 4141.29.  Each eligible individual shall receive benefits as compensation for loss of remuneration due to involuntary total or partial unemployment in the amounts and subject to the conditions stipulated in this chapter.

(A) No individual is entitled to a waiting period or benefits for any week unless the individual:

(1) Has filed a valid application for determination of benefit rights in accordance with section 4141.28 of the Revised Code;

(2) Has made a claim for benefits in accordance with section 4141.28 of the Revised Code;

(3) Has registered at an employment office or other registration place maintained or designated by the director of job and family services. Registration shall be made in accordance with the time limits, frequency, and manner prescribed by the director.

(4)(a) Is able to work and available for suitable work and is actively seeking suitable work either in a locality in which the individual has earned wages subject to this chapter during the individual's base period, or if the individual leaves that locality, then in a locality where suitable work normally is performed.

The director may waive the requirement that a claimant be actively seeking work when the director finds that an individual has been laid off and the employer who laid the individual off has notified the director within ten days after the layoff, that work is expected to be available for the individual within a specified number of days not to exceed forty-five calendar days following the last day the individual worked. In the event the individual is not recalled within the specified period, this waiver shall cease to be operative with respect to that layoff.

(b) The individual shall be instructed as to the efforts that the individual must make in the search for suitable work, except where the active search for work requirement has been waived under division (A)(4)(a) of this section, and shall keep a record of where and when the individual has sought work in complying with those instructions and, upon request, shall produce that record for examination by the director.

(c) An individual who is attending a training course approved by the director meets the requirement of this division, if attendance was recommended by the director and the individual is regularly attending the course and is making satisfactory progress. An individual also meets the requirements of this division if the individual is participating and advancing in a training program, as defined in division (P) of section 5709.61 of the Revised Code, and if an enterprise, defined in division (B) of section 5709.61 of the Revised Code, is paying all or part of the cost of the individual's participation in the training program with the intention of hiring the individual for employment as a new employee, as defined in division (L) of section 5709.61 of the Revised Code, for at least ninety days after the individual's completion of the training program.

(d) An individual who becomes unemployed while attending a regularly established school and whose base period qualifying weeks were earned in whole or in part while attending that school, meets the availability and active search for work requirements of division (A)(4)(a) of this section if the individual regularly attends the school during weeks with respect to which the individual claims unemployment benefits and makes self available on any shift of hours for suitable employment with the individual's most recent employer or any other employer in the individual's base period, or for any other suitable employment to which the individual is directed, under this chapter.

(e) The director shall adopt any rules that the director deems necessary for the administration of division (A)(4) of this section.

(f) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this section, no otherwise eligible individual shall be denied benefits for any week because the individual is in training approved under section 236(a)(1) of the "Trade Act of 1974," 88 Stat. 1978, 19 U.S.C.A. 2296, nor shall that individual be denied benefits by reason of leaving work to enter such training, provided the work left is not suitable employment, or because of the application to any week in training of provisions in this chapter, or any applicable federal unemployment compensation law, relating to availability for work, active search for work, or refusal to accept work.

For the purposes of division (A)(4)(f) of this section, "suitable employment" means with respect to an individual, work of a substantially equal or higher skill level than the individual's past adversely affected employment, as defined for the purposes of the "Trade Act of 1974," 88 Stat. 1978, 19 U.S.C.A. 2101, and wages for such work at not less than eighty per cent of the individual's average weekly wage as determined for the purposes of that federal act.

(5) Is unable to obtain suitable work. An individual who is provided temporary work assignments by the individual's employer under agreed terms and conditions of employment, and who is required pursuant to those terms and conditions to inquire with the individual's employer for available work assignments upon the conclusion of each work assignment, is not considered unable to obtain suitable employment if suitable work assignments are available with the employer but the individual fails to contact the employer to inquire about work assignments.

(6) Participates in reemployment services, such as job search assistance services, if the individual has been determined to be likely to exhaust benefits under this chapter, including compensation payable pursuant to 5 U.S.C.A. Chapter 85, other than extended compensation, and needs reemployment services pursuant to the profiling system established by the director under division (K) of this section, unless the director determines that:

(a) The individual has completed such services; or

(b) There is justifiable cause for the claimant's failure to participate in such services.

(B) An individual suffering total or partial unemployment is eligible for benefits for unemployment occurring subsequent to a waiting period of one week and no benefits shall be payable during this required waiting period, but no more than one week of waiting period shall be required of any such individual in any benefit year in order to establish the individual's eligibility for total or partial unemployment benefits.

(C) The waiting period for total or partial unemployment shall commence on the first day of the first week with respect to which the individual first files a claim for benefits at an employment office or other place of registration maintained or designated by the director or on the first day of the first week with respect to which the individual has otherwise filed a claim for benefits in accordance with the rules of the department of job and family services, provided such claim is allowed by the director.

(D) Notwithstanding division (A) of this section, no individual may serve a waiting period or be paid benefits under the following conditions:

(1) For any week with respect to which the director finds that:

(a) The individual's unemployment was due to a labor dispute other than a lockout at any factory, establishment, or other premises located in this or any other state and owned or operated by the employer by which the individual is or was last employed; and for so long as the individual's unemployment is due to such labor dispute. No individual shall be disqualified under this provision if either of the following applies:

(i) The individual's employment was with such employer at any factory, establishment, or premises located in this state, owned or operated by such employer, other than the factory, establishment, or premises at which the labor dispute exists, if it is shown that the individual is not financing, participating in, or directly interested in such labor dispute;

(ii) The individual's employment was with an employer not involved in the labor dispute but whose place of business was located within the same premises as the employer engaged in the dispute, unless the individual's employer is a wholly owned subsidiary of the employer engaged in the dispute, or unless the individual actively participates in or voluntarily stops work because of such dispute. If it is established that the claimant was laid off for an indefinite period and not recalled to work prior to the dispute, or was separated by the employer prior to the dispute for reasons other than the labor dispute, or that the individual obtained a bona fide job with another employer while the dispute was still in progress, such labor dispute shall not render the employee ineligible for benefits.

(b) The individual has been given a disciplinary layoff for misconduct in connection with the individual's work.

(2) For the duration of the individual's unemployment if the director finds that:

(a) The individual quit work without just cause or has been discharged for just cause in connection with the individual's work, provided division (D)(2) of this section does not apply to the separation of a person under any of the following circumstances:

(i) Separation from employment for the purpose of entering the armed forces of the United States if the individual makes application to enter, or is inducted into the armed forces within thirty days after such separation;

(ii) Separation from employment pursuant to a labor-management contract or agreement, or pursuant to an established employer plan, program, or policy, which permits the employee, because of lack of work, to accept a separation from employment;

(iii) The individual has left employment to accept a recall from a prior employer or, except as provided in division (D)(2)(a)(iv) of this section, to accept other employment as provided under section 4141.291 of the Revised Code, or left or was separated from employment that was concurrent employment at the time of the most recent separation or within six weeks prior to the most recent separation where the remuneration, hours, or other conditions of such concurrent employment were substantially less favorable than the individual's most recent employment and where such employment, if offered as new work, would be considered not suitable under the provisions of divisions (E) and (F) of this section. Any benefits that would otherwise be chargeable to the account of the employer from whom an individual has left employment or was separated from employment that was concurrent employment under conditions described in division (D)(2)(a)(iii) of this section, shall instead be charged to the mutualized account created by division (B) of section 4141.25 of the Revised Code, except that any benefits chargeable to the account of a reimbursing employer under division (D)(2)(a)(iii) of this section shall be charged to the account of the reimbursing employer and not to the mutualized account, except as provided in division (D)(2) of section 4141.24 of the Revised Code.

(iv) When an individual has been issued a definite layoff date by the individual's employer and before the layoff date, the individual quits to accept other employment, the provisions of division (D)(2)(a)(iii) of this section apply and no disqualification shall be imposed under division (D) of this section. However, if the individual fails to meet the employment and earnings requirements of division (A)(2) of section 4141.291 of the Revised Code, then the individual, pursuant to division (A)(5) of this section, shall be ineligible for benefits for any week of unemployment that occurs prior to the layoff date.

(b) The individual has refused without good cause to accept an offer of suitable work when made by an employer either in person or to the individual's last known address, or has refused or failed to investigate a referral to suitable work when directed to do so by a local employment office of this state or another state, provided that this division shall not cause a disqualification for a waiting week or benefits under the following circumstances:

(i) When work is offered by the individual's employer and the individual is not required to accept the offer pursuant to the terms of the labor-management contract or agreement; or

(ii) When the individual is attending a vocational training course pursuant to division (A)(4) of this section except, in the event of a refusal to accept an offer of suitable work or a refusal or failure to investigate a referral, benefits thereafter paid to such individual shall not be charged to the account of any employer and, except as provided in division (B)(1)(b) of section 4141.241 of the Revised Code, shall be charged to the mutualized account as provided in division (B) of section 4141.25 of the Revised Code.

(c) Such individual quit work to marry or because of marital, parental, filial, or other domestic obligations.

(d) The individual has knowingly made a false statement or representation or knowingly failed to report any material fact with the object of obtaining benefits to which the individual is not entitled.

(e) The individual became unemployed by reason of commitment to any correctional institution.

(f) The individual became unemployed because of dishonesty in connection with the individual's most recent or any base period work. Remuneration earned in such work shall be excluded from the individual's total base period remuneration and qualifying weeks that otherwise would be credited to the individual for such work in the individual's base period shall not be credited for the purpose of determining the total benefits to which the individual is eligible and the weekly benefit amount to be paid under section 4141.30 of the Revised Code. Such excluded remuneration and noncredited qualifying weeks shall be excluded from the calculation of the maximum amount to be charged, under division (D) of section 4141.24 and section 4141.33 of the Revised Code, against the accounts of the individual's base period employers. In addition, no benefits shall thereafter be paid to the individual based upon such excluded remuneration or noncredited qualifying weeks.

For purposes of division (D)(2)(f) of this section, "dishonesty" means the commission of substantive theft, fraud, or deceitful acts.

(E) No individual otherwise qualified to receive benefits shall lose the right to benefits by reason of a refusal to accept new work if:

(1) As a condition of being so employed the individual would be required to join a company union, or to resign from or refrain from joining any bona fide labor organization, or would be denied the right to retain membership in and observe the lawful rules of any such organization.

(2) The position offered is vacant due directly to a strike, lockout, or other labor dispute.

(3) The work is at an unreasonable distance from the individual's residence, having regard to the character of the work the individual has been accustomed to do, and travel to the place of work involves expenses substantially greater than that required for the individual's former work, unless the expense is provided for.

(4) The remuneration, hours, or other conditions of the work offered are substantially less favorable to the individual than those prevailing for similar work in the locality.

(F) Subject to the special exceptions contained in division (A)(4)(f) of this section and section 4141.301 of the Revised Code, in determining whether any work is suitable for a claimant in the administration of this chapter, the director, in addition to the determination required under division (E) of this section, shall consider the degree of risk to the claimant's health, safety, and morals, the individual's physical fitness for the work, the individual's prior training and experience, the length of the individual's unemployment, the distance of the available work from the individual's residence, and the individual's prospects for obtaining local work.

(G) The "duration of unemployment" as used in this section means the full period of unemployment next ensuing after a separation from any base period or subsequent work and until an individual has become reemployed in employment subject to this chapter, or the unemployment compensation act of another state, or of the United States, and until such individual has worked six weeks and for those weeks has earned or been paid remuneration equal to six times an average weekly wage of not less than: eighty-five dollars and ten cents per week beginning on June 26, 1990; and beginning on and after January 1, 1992, twenty-seven and one-half per cent of the statewide average weekly wage as computed each first day of January under division (B)(3) of section 4141.30 of the Revised Code, rounded down to the nearest dollar, except for purposes of division (D)(2)(c) of this section, such term means the full period of unemployment next ensuing after a separation from such work and until such individual has become reemployed subject to the terms set forth above, and has earned wages equal to one-half of the individual's average weekly wage or sixty dollars, whichever is less.

(H) If a claimant is disqualified under division (D)(2)(a), (c), or (e) of this section or found to be qualified under the exceptions provided in division (D)(2)(a)(i), (ii), (iii), or (iv) of this section or division (A)(2) of section 4141.291 of the Revised Code, then benefits that may become payable to such claimant, which are chargeable to the account of the employer from whom the individual was separated under such conditions, shall be charged to the mutualized account provided in section 4141.25 of the Revised Code, provided that no charge shall be made to the mutualized account for benefits chargeable to a reimbursing employer, except as provided in division (D)(2) of section 4141.24 of the Revised Code. In the case of a reimbursing employer, the director shall refund or credit to the account of the reimbursing employer any over-paid benefits that are recovered under division (B) of section 4141.35 of the Revised Code.

(I)(1) Benefits based on service in employment as provided in divisions (B)(2)(a) and (b) of section 4141.01 of the Revised Code shall be payable in the same amount, on the same terms, and subject to the same conditions as benefits payable on the basis of other service subject to this chapter; except that after December 31, 1977:

(a) Benefits based on service in an instructional, research, or principal administrative capacity in an institution of higher education, as defined in division (Y) of section 4141.01 of the Revised Code; or for an educational institution as defined in division (CC) of section 4141.01 of the Revised Code, shall not be paid to any individual for any week of unemployment that begins during the period between two successive academic years or terms, or during a similar period between two regular but not successive terms or during a period of paid sabbatical leave provided for in the individual's contract, if the individual performs such services in the first of those academic years or terms and has a contract or a reasonable assurance that the individual will perform services in any such capacity for any such institution in the second of those academic years or terms.

(b) Benefits based on service for an educational institution or an institution of higher education in other than an instructional, research, or principal administrative capacity, shall not be paid to any individual for any week of unemployment which begins during the period between two successive academic years or terms of the employing educational institution or institution of higher education, provided the individual performed those services for the educational institution or institution of higher education during the first such academic year or term and, there is a reasonable assurance that such individual will perform those services for any educational institution or institution of higher education in the second of such academic years or terms.

If compensation is denied to any individual for any week under division (I)(1)(b) of this section and the individual was not offered an opportunity to perform those services for an institution of higher education or for an educational institution for the second of such academic years or terms, the individual is entitled to a retroactive payment of compensation for each week for which the individual timely filed a claim for compensation and for which compensation was denied solely by reason of division (I)(1)(b) of this section. An application for retroactive benefits shall be timely filed if received by the director or the director's deputy within or prior to the end of the fourth full calendar week after the end of the period for which benefits were denied because of reasonable assurance of employment. The provision for the payment of retroactive benefits under division (I)(1)(b) of this section is applicable to weeks of unemployment beginning on and after November 18, 1983. The provisions under division (I)(1)(b) of this section shall be retroactive to September 5, 1982, only if, as a condition for full tax credit against the tax imposed by the "Federal Unemployment Tax Act," 53 Stat. 183 (1939), 26 U.S.C.A. 3301 to 3311, the United States secretary of labor determines that retroactivity is required by federal law.

(c) With respect to weeks of unemployment beginning after December 31, 1977, benefits shall be denied to any individual for any week which commences during an established and customary vacation period or holiday recess, if the individual performs any services described in divisions (I)(1)(a) and (b) of this section in the period immediately before the vacation period or holiday recess, and there is a reasonable assurance that the individual will perform any such services in the period immediately following the vacation period or holiday recess.

(d) With respect to any services described in division (I)(1)(a), (b), or (c) of this section, benefits payable on the basis of services in any such capacity shall be denied as specified in division (I)(1)(a), (b), or (c) of this section to any individual who performs such services in an educational institution or institution of higher education while in the employ of an educational service agency. For this purpose, the term "educational service agency" means a governmental agency or governmental entity that is established and operated exclusively for the purpose of providing services to one or more educational institutions or one or more institutions of higher education.

(e) Any individual employed by a public school district or a county board of mental retardation shall be notified by the thirtieth day of April each year if the individual is not to be reemployed the following academic year.

(2) No disqualification will be imposed, between academic years or terms or during a vacation period or holiday recess under this division, unless the director or the director's deputy has received a statement in writing from the educational institution or institution of higher education that the claimant has a contract for, or a reasonable assurance of, reemployment for the ensuing academic year or term.

(3) If an individual has employment with an educational institution or an institution of higher education and employment with a noneducational employer, during the base period of the individual's benefit year, then the individual may become eligible for benefits during the between-term, or vacation or holiday recess, disqualification period, based on employment performed for the noneducational employer, provided that the employment is sufficient to qualify the individual for benefit rights separately from the benefit rights based on school employment. The weekly benefit amount and maximum benefits payable during a disqualification period shall be computed based solely on the nonschool employment.

(J) Benefits shall not be paid on the basis of employment performed by an alien, unless the alien had been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence at the time the services were performed, was lawfully present for purposes of performing the services, or was otherwise permanently residing in the United States under color of law at the time the services were performed, under section 212(d)(5) of the "Immigration and Nationality Act," 66 Stat. 163, 8 U.S.C.A. 1101:

(1) Any data or information required of individuals applying for benefits to determine whether benefits are not payable to them because of their alien status shall be uniformly required from all applicants for benefits.

(2) In the case of an individual whose application for benefits would otherwise be approved, no determination that benefits to the individual are not payable because of the individual's alien status shall be made except upon a preponderance of the evidence that the individual had not, in fact, been lawfully admitted to the United States.

(K) The director shall establish and utilize a system of profiling all new claimants under this chapter that:

(1) Identifies which claimants will be likely to exhaust regular compensation and will need job search assistance services to make a successful transition to new employment;

(2) Refers claimants identified pursuant to division (K)(1) of this section to reemployment services, such as job search assistance services, available under any state or federal law;

(3) Collects follow-up information relating to the services received by such claimants and the employment outcomes for such claimant's subsequent to receiving such services and utilizes such information in making identifications pursuant to division (K)(1) of this section; and

(4) Meets such other requirements as the United States secretary of labor determines are appropriate.

Sec. 4141.301.  (A) As used in this section, unless the context clearly requires otherwise:

(1) "Extended benefit period" means a period which:

(a) Begins with the third week after a week for which there is a state "on" indicator; and

(b) Ends with either of the following weeks, whichever occurs later:

(i) The third week after the first week for which there is a state "off" indicator; or

(ii) The thirteenth consecutive week of such period.

Except, that no extended benefit period may begin by reason of a state "on" indicator before the fourteenth week following the end of a prior extended benefit period which was in effect with respect to this state.

(2) There is a "state 'on' indicator" for this state for a week if the director of job and family services determines, in accordance with the regulations of the United States secretary of labor, that for the period consisting of such week and the immediately preceding twelve weeks, the rate of insured unemployment, not seasonally adjusted, under Chapter 4141. of the Revised Code:

(a) Equaled or exceeded one hundred twenty per cent of the average of such rates for the corresponding thirteen-week period ending in each of the preceding two calendar years, and for weeks beginning before September 25, 1982, equaled or exceeded four per cent and for weeks beginning after September 25, 1982, equaled or exceeded five per cent;

(b) For weeks of unemployment beginning after December 31, 1977, and before September 25, 1982, such rate of insured unemployment:

(i) Met the criteria set forth in division (A)(2)(a) of this section; or

(ii) Equaled or exceeded five per cent.

(c) For weeks of unemployment beginning after September 25, 1982, such rate of insured unemployment:

(i) Met the criteria set forth in division (A)(2)(a) of this section; or

(ii) Equaled or exceeded six per cent.

(3) A "state /'off' indicator" exists for the state for a week if the director determines, in accordance with the regulations of the United States secretary of labor, that for the period consisting of such week and the immediately preceding twelve weeks, the rate of insured unemployment, not seasonally adjusted, under Chapter 4141. of the Revised Code:

(a) Was less than one hundred twenty per cent of the average of such rates for the corresponding thirteen-week period ending in each of the preceding two calendar years, or for weeks beginning before September 25, 1982, was less than four per cent and for weeks beginning after September 25, 1982, was less than five per cent;

(b) For weeks of unemployment beginning after December 31, 1977 and before September 25, 1982, such rate of insured unemployment:

(i) Was less than five per cent; and

(ii) Met the criteria set forth in division (A)(3)(a) of this section.

(c) For weeks of unemployment beginning after September 25, 1982, such rate of insured unemployment:

(i) Was less than six per cent; and

(ii) Met the criteria set forth in division (A)(3)(a) of this section.

(4) "Rate of insured unemployment," for purposes of divisions (A)(2) and (3) of this section, means the percentage derived by dividing:

(a) The average weekly number of individuals filing claims for regular compensation in this state for weeks of unemployment with respect to the most recent thirteen-consecutive-week period, as determined by the director on the basis of the director's reports to the United States secretary of labor, by

(b) The average monthly employment covered under Chapter 4141. of the Revised Code, for the first four of the most recent six completed calendar quarters ending before the end of such thirteen-week period.

(5) "Regular benefits" means benefits payable to an individual, as defined in division (C) of section 4141.01 of the Revised Code, or under any other state law, including dependents' allowance and benefits payable to federal civilian employees and to ex-servicepersons pursuant to the "Act of September 6, 1966," 80 Stat. 585, 5 U.S.C.A. 8501, other than extended benefits, and additional benefits as defined in division (A)(10) of this section.

(6) "Extended benefits" means benefits, including benefits payable to federal civilian employees and to ex-servicepersons pursuant to the "Act of September 6, 1966," 80 Stat. 585, 5 U.S.C.A. 8501, and additional benefits, payable to an individual under the provisions of this section for weeks of unemployment in the individual's eligibility period.

(7) "Eligibility period" of an individual means the period consisting of the weeks in the individual's benefit year which begin in an extended benefit period and, if the individual's benefit year ends within the extended benefit period, any weeks thereafter which begin in the period.

(8) "Exhaustee" means an individual who, with respect to any week of unemployment in the individual's eligibility period:

(a) Has received prior to the week, all of the regular benefits that were available to the individual under Chapter 4141. of the Revised Code, or any other state law, including dependents' allowance and benefits payable to federal civilian employees and ex-servicepersons under the "Act of September 6, 1966," 80 Stat. 585, 5 U.S.C.A. 8501, in the individual's current benefit year that includes the week;

(b) Has received, prior to the week, all of the regular benefits that were available to the individual under this chapter or any other state law, including dependents' allowances and regular benefits available to federal civilian employees and ex-servicepersons under the "Act of September 6, 1966," 80 Stat. 585, 5 U.S.C.A. 8501, in the individual's current benefit year that includes the week, after the cancellation of some or all of the individual's wage credits or the total or partial reduction of the individual's right to regular benefits, provided that, for the purposes of divisions (A)(8)(a) and (8)(b) of this section, an individual shall be deemed to have received in the individual's current benefit year all of the regular benefits that were either payable or available to the individual even though:

(i) As a result of a pending appeal with respect to wages or employment, or both, that were not included in the original monetary determination with respect to the individual's current benefit year, the individual may subsequently be determined to be entitled to more regular benefits, or

(ii) By reason of section 4141.33 of the Revised Code, or the seasonal employment provisions of another state law, the individual is not entitled to regular benefits with respect to the week of unemployment, although the individual may be entitled to regular benefits with respect to future weeks of unemployment in either the next season or off season in the individual's current benefit year, and the individual is otherwise an "exhaustee" within the meaning of this section with respect to the right to regular benefits under state law seasonal employment provisions during either the season or off season in which that week of unemployment occurs, or

(iii) Having established a benefit year, no regular benefits are payable to the individual during the year because the individual's wage credits were cancelled or the individual's right to regular benefits was totally reduced as the result of the application of a disqualification; or

(c) The individual's benefit year having expired prior to the week, has no, or insufficient, wages or weeks of employment on the basis of which the individual could establish in any state a new benefit year that would include the week, or having established a new benefit year that includes the week, the individual is precluded from receiving regular benefits by reason of a state law which meets the requirements of section 3304 (a)(7) of the "Federal Unemployment Tax Act," 53 Stat. 183, 26 U.S.C.A. 3301 to 3311; and

(i) Has no right for the week to unemployment benefits or allowances, as the case may be, under the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act, the Trade Act of 1974, and other federal laws as are specified in regulations issued by the United States secretary of labor; and

(ii) Has not received and is not seeking for the week unemployment benefits under the unemployment compensation law of the Virgin Islands, prior to the day after that on which the secretary of labor approves the unemployment compensation law of the Virgin Islands, or of Canada; or if the individual is seeking benefits and the appropriate agency finally determines that the individual is not entitled to benefits under the law for the week.

(9) "State law" means the unemployment insurance law of any state, approved by the United States secretary of labor under section 3304 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.

(10) "Additional benefits" means benefits totally financed by a state and payable to exhaustees by reason of high unemployment or by reason of other special factors under the provisions of any state law.

(B) Except when the result would be inconsistent with the other provisions of this section, as provided in the regulations of the director, the provisions of Chapter 4141. of the Revised Code, which apply to claims for, or the payment of, regular benefits, shall apply to claims for, and the payment of, extended benefits.

(C) Any individual shall be eligible to receive extended benefits with respect to any week of unemployment in the individual's eligibility period only if the director finds that, with respect to such week:

(1) The individual is an "exhaustee" as defined in division (A)(8) of this section; and

(2) The individual has satisfied the requirements of Chapter 4141. of the Revised Code, for the receipt of regular benefits that are applicable to individuals claiming extended benefits, including not being subject to a disqualification for the receipt of benefits.

(D) The weekly extended benefit amount payable to an individual for a week of total unemployment in the individual's eligibility period shall be the same as the weekly benefit amount payable to the individual during the individual's applicable benefit year.

(E) The total extended benefit amount payable to any eligible individual with respect to the individual's applicable benefit year shall be the lesser of the following amounts:

(1) Fifty per cent of the total amount of regular benefits, including dependents' allowances which were payable to the individual under Chapter 4141. of the Revised Code, in the individual's applicable benefit year;

(2) Thirteen times the individual's weekly benefit amount, including dependents' allowances, which was payable to the individual under Chapter 4141. of the Revised Code, for a week of total unemployment in the applicable benefit year; provided, that in making the computation under divisions (E)(1) and (2) of this section, any amount which is not a multiple of one dollar shall be rounded to the next lower multiple of one dollar.

(F)(1) Except as provided in division (F)(2) of this section, an individual eligible for extended benefits pursuant to an interstate claim filed in any state under the interstate benefit payment plan shall not be paid extended benefits for any week in which an extended benefit period is not in effect in such state.

(2) Division (F)(1) of this section does not apply with respect to the first two weeks for which extended compensation is payable to an individual, as determined without regard to this division, pursuant to an interstate claim filed under the interstate benefit payment plan from the total extended benefit amount payable to that individual in the individual's applicable benefit year.

(3) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this section, if the benefit year of any individual ends within an extended benefit period, the remaining balance of extended benefits that the individual would, but for this section, be entitled to receive in that extended benefit period, with respect to weeks of unemployment beginning after the end of the benefit year, shall be reduced, but not below zero, by the product of the number of weeks for which the individual received any amounts as trade readjustment allowances within that benefit year, multiplied by the individual's weekly benefit amount for extended benefits.

(G)(1) Whenever an extended benefit period is to become effective in this state, as a result of a state "on" indicator, or an extended benefit period is to be terminated in this state as a result of a state "off" indicator, the director shall make an appropriate public announcement.

(2) Computations required by division (A)(4) of this section shall be made by the director, in accordance with the regulations prescribed by the United States secretary of labor.

(H)(1)(a) The director shall promptly examine any application for extended benefits filed and, under this section, shall determine whether such the application is to be allowed or disallowed and, if allowed, the weekly and total extended benefits payable and the effective date of the application. The claimant, the claimant's most recent employer, and any other employer in the base period of the claim upon which the extended benefits are based, and who was chargeable for regular benefits based on such claim, shall be notified of such determination.

(b) The determination issued to the most recent or other base period employer shall include the total amount of extended benefits which that may be charged to the employer's account. Such potential charge amount shall be an amount equal to one-fourth of the regular benefits chargeable to the employer's account on the regular claim upon which extended benefits are based except that, effective January 1, 1979, the potential charge amount to the state and its instrumentalities and its political subdivisions and their instrumentalities shall be an amount equal to one-half of the regular benefits chargeable to their accounts on such claim. If regular benefits were chargeable to the mutualized account, in lieu of an employer's account, then the extended benefits which are based on such prior mutualized benefits shall also be charged to the mutualized account.

(c) As extended benefits are paid to eligible individuals:

(i) One-half of such benefits will be charged to an extended benefit account to which reimbursement payments of one-half of extended benefits, received from the federal government as described in division (J) of this section, will be credited; and

(ii) One-half of the extended benefits shall be charged to the accounts of base period employers and the mutualized account in the same sequence proportion as was provided for on the regular claim; or

(iii) The full amount of extended benefits shall be charged to the accounts of the state and its instrumentalities, and its political subdivisions and their instrumentalities. Employers making payments in lieu of contributions shall be charged in accordance with division (B)(1) of section 4141.241 of the Revised Code.

(d) If the application for extended benefits is disallowed, a determination shall be issued to the claimant, which determination shall set forth the reasons for the disallowance. Determinations issued under this division, whether allowed or disallowed, shall be subject to reconsideration and appeal in accordance with section 4141.28 of the Revised Code.

(2) Any additional or continued claims, as described in division (F) of section 4141.01 of the Revised Code, filed by an individual at the beginning of, or during, the individual's extended benefit period shall be determined under division (D) of section 4141.28 of the Revised Code, and such determination shall be subject to reconsideration and appeal in accordance with section 4141.28 of the Revised Code.

(I) Notwithstanding division (B) of this section, payment of extended benefits under this section shall not be made to any individual for any week of unemployment in the individual's eligibility period during which the individual fails to accept any offer of suitable work, as defined in division (I)(2) of this section, or fails to apply for any suitable work to which the individual was referred by the director, or fails to actively engage in seeking work, as prescribed in division (I)(4) of this section.

(1) If any individual is ineligible for extended benefits for any week by reason of a failure described in this division, the individual shall be ineligible to receive extended benefits beginning with the week in which the failure occurred and continuing until the individual has been employed during each of four subsequent weeks and the total remuneration earned by the individual for this employment is equal to or more than four times the individual's weekly extended benefit amount, and has met all other eligibility requirements of this section, in order to establish entitlement to extended benefits.

(2) For purposes of this section, the term "suitable work" means, with respect to an individual, any work which is within the individual's capabilities, provided that with respect to the position all of the following requirements are met:

(a) It offers the individual gross average weekly remuneration of more than the sum of:

(i) The individual's extended weekly benefit amount; and

(ii) The amount of supplemental unemployment compensation benefits, as defined in section 501(c)(17)(D) of the "Internal Revenue Code of 1954," 80 Stat. 1515, 26 U.S.C.A. 501, payable to the individual for the week of unemployment.

(b) It pays equal to or more than the higher of:

(i) The minimum wage provided by section 6(a)(1) of the "Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938," 91 Stat. 1245, 29 U.S.C.A. 206, without regard to any exemption; or

(ii) Any applicable state or local minimum wage.

(c) It is offered to the individual in writing or is listed with the employment office maintained or designated by the director.

(3) Extended benefits shall not be denied under this division to any individual for any week by reason of a failure to accept an offer of, or apply for suitable work if either of the following conditions apply:

(a) The failure would not result in a denial of benefits to a regular benefit claimant under section 4141.29 of the Revised Code to the extent that section 4141.29 of the Revised Code is not inconsistent with division (I)(2) of this section;

(b) The individual furnishes evidence satisfactory to the director that the individual's prospects for obtaining work in the individual's customary occupation within a reasonably short period are good. If the evidence is deemed satisfactory, the determination as to whether any work is suitable work with respect to this individual and whether the individual is ineligible or disqualified shall be based upon the meaning of "suitable work" and other provisions in section 4141.29 of the Revised Code.

(4) For purposes of this section, an individual shall be treated as actively engaged in seeking work during any week if:

(a) The individual has engaged in a systematic and sustained effort to obtain work during that week; and

(b) The individual provides tangible evidence to the director that the individual has engaged in the effort during that week.

(5) The director shall refer applicants for extended benefits to job openings that meet the requirements of divisions (E) and (F) of section 4141.29 of the Revised Code, and in the case of applicants whose prospects are determined not to be good under division (I)(3)(b) of this section to any suitable work which meets the criteria in divisions (I)(2) and (3)(a) of this section.

(6) Individuals denied extended or regular benefits under division (D)(1)(b) of section 4141.29 of the Revised Code because of being given a disciplinary layoff for misconduct must, after the date of disqualification, work the length of time and earn the amount of remuneration specified in division (I)(1) of this section, and meet all other eligibility requirements of this section, in order to establish entitlement to extended benefits.

(J) All payments of extended benefits made pursuant to this section shall be paid out of the unemployment compensation fund, provided by section 4141.09 of the Revised Code, and all payments of the federal share of extended benefits that are received as reimbursements under section 204 of the "Federal-State Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 1970," 84 Stat. 696, 26 U.S.C.A. 3306, shall be deposited in such unemployment compensation fund and shall be credited to the extended benefit account established by division (G) of this section. Any refund of extended benefits, because of prior overpayment of such benefits, may be made from the unemployment compensation fund.

(K) In the administration of the provisions of this section which are enacted to conform with the requirements of the "Federal-State Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 1970," 84 Stat. 696, 26 U.S.C.A. 3306, the director shall take such action consistent with state law, as may be necessary:

(1) To ensure that the provisions are so interpreted and applied as to meet the requirements of the federal act as interpreted by the United States department of labor; and

(2) To secure to this state the full reimbursement of the federal share of extended benefits paid under this section that are reimbursable under the federal act.

Sec. 4141.43.  (A) The director of job and family services may cooperate with the industrial commission, the bureau of workers' compensation, the United States internal revenue service, the United States employment service, and other similar departments and agencies, as determined by the director, in the exchange or disclosure of information as to wages, employment, payrolls, unemployment, and other information. The director may employ, jointly with one or more of such agencies or departments, auditors, examiners, inspectors, and other employees necessary for the administration of this chapter and employment and training services for workers in the state.

(B) The director may make the state's record relating to the administration of this chapter available to the railroad retirement board and may furnish the board at the board's expense such copies thereof as the board deems necessary for its purposes.

(C) The director may afford reasonable cooperation with every agency of the United States charged with the administration of any unemployment compensation law.

(D) The director may enter into arrangements with the appropriate agencies of other states or of the United States or Canada whereby individuals performing services in this and other states for a single employer under circumstances not specifically provided for in division (B) of section 4141.01 of the Revised Code or in similar provisions in the unemployment compensation laws of such other states shall be deemed to be engaged in employment performed entirely within this state or within one of such other states or within Canada, and whereby potential rights to benefits accumulated under the unemployment compensation laws of several states or under such a law of the United States, or both, or of Canada may constitute the basis for the payment of benefits through a single appropriate agency under terms that the director finds will be fair and reasonable as to all affected interests and will not result in any substantial loss to the unemployment compensation fund.

(E) The director may enter into agreements with the appropriate agencies of other states or of the United States or Canada:

(1) Whereby services or wages upon the basis of which an individual may become entitled to benefits under the unemployment compensation law of another state or of the United States or Canada shall be deemed to be employment or wages for employment by employers for the purposes of qualifying claimants for benefits under this chapter, and the director may estimate the number of weeks of employment represented by the wages reported to the director for such claimants by such other agency, provided such other state agency or agency of the United States or Canada has agreed to reimburse the unemployment compensation fund for such portion of benefits paid under this chapter upon the basis of such services or wages as the director finds will be fair and reasonable as to all affected interests;

(2) Whereby the director will reimburse other state or federal or Canadian agencies charged with the administration of unemployment compensation laws with such reasonable portion of benefits, paid under the law of such other states or of the United States or of Canada upon the basis of employment or wages for employment by employers, as the director finds will be fair and reasonable as to all affected interests. Reimbursements so payable shall be deemed to be benefits for the purpose of section 4141.09 and division (A) of section 4141.30 of the Revised Code. However, no reimbursement so payable shall be charged against any employer's account for the purposes of section 4141.24 of the Revised Code if the employer's account, under the same or similar circumstances, with respect to benefits charged under the provisions of this chapter, other than this section, would not be charged or, if the claimant at the time the claimant files the combined wage claim cannot establish benefit rights under this chapter. This noncharging shall not be applicable to a nonprofit organization that has elected to make payments in lieu of contributions under section 4141.241 of the Revised Code, except as provided in division (D)(2) of section 4141.24 of the Revised Code. The director may make to other state or federal or Canadian agencies and receive from such other state or federal or Canadian agencies reimbursements from or to the unemployment compensation fund, in accordance with arrangements pursuant to this section.

(3) Notwithstanding division (B)(2)(f) of section 4141.01 of the Revised Code, the director may enter into agreements with other states whereby services performed for a crew leader, as defined in division (BB) of section 4141.01 of the Revised Code, may be covered in the state in which the crew leader either:

(a) Has the crew leader's place of business or from which the crew leader's business is operated or controlled;

(b) Resides if the crew leader has no place of business in any state.

(F) The director may apply for an advance to the unemployment compensation fund and do all things necessary or required to obtain such advance and arrange for the repayment of such advance in accordance with Title XII of the "Social Security Act" as amended.

(G) The director may enter into reciprocal agreements or arrangements with the appropriate agencies of other states in regard to services on vessels engaged in interstate or foreign commerce whereby such services for a single employer, wherever performed, shall be deemed performed within this state or within such other states.

(H) The director shall participate in any arrangements for the payment of compensation on the basis of combining an individual's wages and employment, covered under this chapter, with the individual's wages and employment covered under the unemployment compensation laws of other states which are approved by the United States secretary of labor in consultation with the state unemployment compensation agencies as reasonably calculated to assure the prompt and full payment of compensation in such situations and which include provisions for:

(1) Applying the base period of a single state law to a claim involving the combining of an individual's wages and employment covered under two or more state unemployment compensation laws, and

(2) Avoiding the duplicate use of wages and employment by reason of such combining.

(I) The director shall cooperate with the United States department of labor to the fullest extent consistent with this chapter, and shall take such action, through the adoption of appropriate rules, regulations, and administrative methods and standards, as may be necessary to secure to this state and its citizens all advantages available under the provisions of the "Social Security Act" that relate to unemployment compensation, the "Federal Unemployment Tax Act," (1970) 84 Stat. 713, 26 U.S.C.A. 3301 to 3311, the "Wagner-Peyser Act," (1933) 48 Stat. 113, 29 U.S.C.A. 49, and the "Federal-State Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 1970," 84 Stat. 596, 26 U.S.C.A. 3306, and the "Workforce Investment Act of 1998," 112 Stat. 936, 29 U.S.C.A. 2801 et seq.

(J) The director may disclose wage information furnished to or maintained by the director under Chapter 4141. of the Revised Code to a consumer reporting agency as defined by the "Fair Credit Reporting Act," 84 Stat. 1128, 15 U.S.C.A. 1681a, as amended, for the purpose of verifying an individual's income under a written agreement that requires all of the following:

(1) A written statement of informed consent from the individual whose information is to be disclosed;

(2) A written statement confirming that the consumer reporting agency and any other entity to which the information is disclosed or released will safeguard the information from illegal or unauthorized disclosure;

(3) A written statement confirming that the consumer reporting agency will pay to the bureau all costs associated with the disclosure.

The director shall prescribe a manner and format in which this information may be provided.

(K) The director shall adopt rules defining the requirements of the release of individual income verification information specified in division (J) of this section, which shall include all terms and conditions necessary to meet the requirements of federal law as interpreted by the United States department of labor or considered necessary by the director for the proper administration of this division.

(L) The director shall disclose information furnished to or maintained by the director under this chapter upon request and on a reimbursable basis as required by section 303 of the "Social Security Act," 42 U.S.C.A. 503, and section 3304 of the "Internal Revenue Code," 26 U.S.C.A. 3304.

Sec. 5104.11.  (A)(1) Except as provided in division (G)(1) of section 5104.011 of the Revised Code, after receipt of an application for certification from a type B family day-care home, the county director of job and family services shall inspect. If it complies with this chapter and any applicable rules adopted under this chapter, the county department shall certify the type B family day-care home to provide publicly funded child day-care pursuant to this chapter and any rules adopted under it. The director of job and family services or a county director of job and family services may contract with a government entity or a private nonprofit entity for that entity to inspect and certify type B family day-care homes pursuant to this section. The county department of job and family services, government entity, or nonprofit entity shall conduct the inspection prior to the issuance of a certificate for the type B home and, as part of that inspection, shall ensure that the type B home is safe and sanitary. An

(2) Except as provided in division (A)(3) of this section, an authorized provider of a type B family day-care home that receives a certificate pursuant to this section to provide publicly funded child day-care is an independent contractor and is not an employee of the county department of job and family services that issues the certificate.

(3) For purposes of Chapter 4141. of the Revised Code, determinations concerning the employment of an authorized provider of a type B family day-care home that receives a certificate pursuant to this section shall be determined under Chapter 4141. of the Revised Code.

(B) Every person desiring to receive certification for a type B family day-care home shall apply for certification to the county director of job and family services on such forms as the director of job and family services prescribes. The county director shall provide at no charge to each applicant a copy of rules for certifying type B family day-care homes adopted pursuant to this chapter.

(C) If the county director of job and family services determines that the type B family day-care home complies with this chapter and any rules adopted under it, the county director shall issue to the provider a certificate to provide publicly funded child day-care for twelve months. The county director may revoke the certificate after determining that revocation is necessary. The authorized provider shall post the certificate in a conspicuous place in the certified type B home that is accessible to parents, custodians, or guardians at all times. The certificate shall state the name and address of the authorized provider, the maximum number of children who may be cared for at any one time in the certified type B home, the expiration date of the certification, and the name and telephone number of the county director who issued the certificate.

(D) The county director shall inspect every certified type B family day-care home at least twice within each twelve-month period of the operation of the certified type B home. A minimum of one inspection shall be unannounced and all inspections may be unannounced. Upon receipt of a complaint, the county director shall investigate and may inspect the certified type B home. The authorized provider shall permit the county director to inspect any part of the certified type B home. The county director shall prepare a written inspection report and furnish one copy to the authorized provider within a reasonable time after the inspection.

(E) The county director of job and family services, in accordance with rules adopted pursuant to section 5104.052 of the Revised Code regarding fire safety and fire prevention, shall inspect each type B home that applies to be certified that is providing or is to provide publicly funded child day-care.

(F) All materials that are supplied by the department of job and family services to type A family day-care home providers, type B family day-care home providers, in-home aides, persons who desire to be type A family day-care home providers, type B family day-care home providers, or in-home aides, and caretaker parents shall be written at no higher than the sixth grade reading level. The department may employ a readability expert to verify its compliance with this division.

SECTION 2 .  That existing sections 2301.371, 3111.20, 3113.21, 4141.01, 4141.162, 4141.21, 4141.23, 4141.24, 4141.241, 4141.25, 4141.28, 4141.29, 4141.301, 4141.43, and 5104.11 of the Revised Code are hereby repealed.

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