Open Up and Recover Safely for Individuals

Let's Get Back to Work, Oklahoma!

As Oklahoma businesses reopen and recall workers, it's important for you to answer the call to return to work. Many businesses are looking to hire employees now. Governor Kevin Stitt's three-phase plan to restart the state's economy includes guidelines and safeguards employers must take to ensure their employees are safe to return to work. This statewide plan is:

  1. Based on scientific modeling from public health experts
  2. Intended to mitigate the risk of resurgence
  3. Intended to protect Oklahoma’s most vulnerable citizens from the threat of COVID-19 
  4. Intended for businesses and individuals to utilize in conjunction with guidance from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, the Oklahoma State Health Department, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

A summary of the State of Oklahoma's recovery plan can be found on the Department of Commerce's website

Returning to Work

Not returning to work when work is available could be considered "refusal to work" and designated as voluntarily terminating employment. This could potentially disqualify a claimant from receiving unemployment benefits. 

If you return to work fulltime, keep your unemployment claim open with OESC and not certify a weekly claim.

If you return part-time, you may continue to certify their weekly claim and must report all gross earnings for the week to potentially receive a partial benefit. The circumstances of each individual claimant determine eligibility for continued benefits.