COVID-19 Quits or Work Refusals when Work is Available

Russel Neiss filed this request with the Department of Jobs and Family Services of Ohio.


From: Russel Neiss

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Ohio Open Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

Submissions made to the COVID-19 Quits or Work Refusals when Work is Available web form available at -- Please limit your search to the dates between May 1, 2020 - May 8, 2020.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days.


Russel Neiss

From: Department of Jobs and Family Services


My colleague, Angela Terez, forwarded to me your public records request for submissions made by employers using the "Return to Work Dispute Resolution Form" during the period from May 1 to May 8, 2020. Since the submissions you are seeking contain confidential information about employers and unemployment claimants, our office is unable to assist you with your request.

Please note that Ohio Revised Code (O.R.C.) Section 4141.21 specifies that information maintained by or furnished to ODJFS is for the exclusive use and information of ODJFS in the discharge of its duties, and cannot "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 this chapter..." Moreover, O.R.C. §4141.22 prohibits the disclosure or use of that information, with very few exceptions, and O.R.C. §4141.99 sets forth penalties for violations of O.R.C. §4141.22.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks.

Bret Crow
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
Director of Communications
(Cell) 614-307-9562