Workers are being told that if they don’t have the latest technology to access a job-seeking site on their own, they can be forced to pay to access information on their employer’s website.
The Ohio Department of Labor and Industry announced on Monday that it would require employers to provide access to their own job-searching platform.
The change will go into effect by the end of the month.
The department said it would be issuing guidelines for employers to make sure their employees have the necessary access to a job site on a secure, free, and open platform, and that they provide users with the information they need to fill out their application.
Workers who want to check out job-seekers’ sites on their computers, phones, or tablets should contact the state’s job-site reporting agency, the Ohio Department for Job and Family Services, according to the announcement.
Employers who don’t comply with the directive could be subject to fines of up to $500 a day, according the announcement, which was made in conjunction with a conference call to discuss the rules for employers.
The new regulations are the latest in a series of steps that have been taken by the Ohio government to enforce the state�s open records law.
The law, enacted in 2009, gives the public access to government records.
In a statement, the department said that it is �seeking to help Ohio employers keep their jobs open.�In April, the state agency issued an open records request for data on more than 1,300 businesses.