UPDATE: Ohio Delays New Requirements for Jobless Benefits

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UPDATE 6/25/2014 12:05 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state says it's delaying the enforcement of new regulations that require Ohioans to do more to get unemployment benefits.

The rules require those seeking unemployment compensation to post their resumes on Ohio's job-search website, take three assessments and complete an unemployment questionnaire to continue receiving benefits.

A spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said Wednesday that beneficiaries had password trouble in trying to update their resumes through the website, OhioMeansJobs.com. Spokeswoman Angela Terez says customer service representatives couldn't access the passwords or reset them because of security issues.

Terez says the issue is being fixed.

The state posts basic resumes for people. Individuals then have eight weeks to create a detailed resume. If the requirement isn't met, unemployment benefits are stopped until it's completed.

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As of May 31st, 67,000 people were receiving help from the state

Now, Ohioans are seeing new regulations in those state benefits.

A new law passed last year in Ohio requires people receiving unemployment to complete certain activities on the ohiomeansjobs.com website.

If they don't complete these, they can lose their benefits as soon as the next week.

The state is calling this website a virtual employment center that they really want people to take advantage of.

"They are automatically registered on the website, a temporary resume is created for them, they have eight weeks to update this resume, and then after 14 weeks, if they are still receiving benefits, they must take core assessments for reading, math and locating information," says Angela Terez, with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

By their 20th week of benefits, and still no job, they have to take a career profile assessment.

A person can only be on unemployment for 26 weeks.

Terez says the idea is to get people back to work as soon as possible.

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