OMA Backs Unemployment Reform Bill

This week, the OMA testified before the Senate Insurance Committee in support of Senate Bill 116, sponsored by Sen. George Lang (R-West Chester Twp.) and Sen. Mark Romanchuk (R-Mansfield) to reform Ohio’s unemployment compensation system.

The bill aims to protect employers from future payroll tax increases, while ensuring the system’s long-term stability. It would do so by increasing the taxable wage base for employer contributions from $9,000 to $9,500; ending dependency benefits; and tying the maximum number of weeks for unemployment benefits to the state’s jobless rate — currently at a historic low. Read the bill summary.

The OMA was represented by Bill Creedon from Bricker Graydon LLC, the OMA’s general counsel. Watch and read Creedon’s testimony. 5/18/2023