Ohio officials are encouraging employers to report what they\u0026#039;ve designated \u0022Covid-19 fraud\u0022 as the state begins reopening some industries. Workers who refuse to report to work in light of the pandemic, which has killed more than 1,300 Ohio residents so far, can be reported via a government website and have their unemployment benefits taken away.According to the Washington Post, less than a week after the state reopened manufacturing and distribution facilities, construction, and offices, 600 employers have \u0022turned in\u0022 about 1,200 workers for not reporting to work.\u0022\u0026#039;Turned in\u0026#039; is a\u0026nbsp;really fucked up way to even begin thinking about this,\u0022 tweeted labor journalist Sarah Jaffe in response to the Post\u0026#039;s report.The\u0026nbsp;Ohio Department of Job and Family Services set up a website this week where employers may use a form \u0022to report employees who quit or refuse work when it is available due to Covid-19.\u0022With retail stores expected to reopen on Monday,\u0026nbsp;employees in\u0026nbsp;that sector\u0026nbsp; could be reported\u0026nbsp;as early as next week for not returning to work.In an email sent to employers across Ohio, officials told companies that \u0022Ohio law prohibits individuals from receiving unemployment benefits if they refuse to accept offers of suitable work, or quit work, without good cause.\u0022By designating a deadly public health crisis an insufficient cause for staying home, as health experts have consistently urged for nearly two months, the Ohio government is giving residents a \u0022near-impossible choice,\u0022 according to the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute.\u0026nbsp;Ohio workers must now choose between \u0022going to work and earning income to put food on the table, and protecting their health,\u0022 senior policy analyst Alex Camardelle told the Post.\u0026nbsp;Critics on social media accused Ohio officials of encouraging employers to \u0022snitch\u0022 on workers for following the recommendations of public health officials.The state of Ohio\u0026#039;s\u0026nbsp;snitch line for bosses to report employees who don\u0026#039;t work during the Covid-19\u0026nbsp;crisis is about as evil as it gets. https://t.co/VsQ4chAARo pic.twitter.com/nIiJd3rT4s— Sarah Lazare (@sarahlazare) May 5, 2020Still amazed by how\u0026nbsp;quickly Ohio got up a portal for employers to snitch on employees who don\u0026#039;t\u0026nbsp;think it\u0026#039;s safe to return to work so that Ohio can cut off their unemployment\u0026nbsp;benefits: https://t.co/fGyAGw7U4t— Kriston Capps (@kristoncapps) May 8, 2020Other Republican-led states have also aggressively pressured workers to report to their jobs with threats of having unemployment benefits taken away. As Common Dreams reported last month, Iowa officials are designating failure to report to businesses in reopened industries as a \u0022voluntary quit,\u0022 while Texas\u0026#039;s reopening order carried the same message.\u0026nbsp;The Century Foundation, a progressive and non-partisan think tank, noted that the focus on so-called \u0022Covid-19 fraud\u0022 in Republican-led states stems from a fixation at the U.S. Department of Labor on rooting out workers who are using unemployment benefits when work is available to them. According to the Labor Department, nearly 90% of people who received unemployment benefits in Ohio between 2016 and 2019 used the system correctly.\u0022The driving activity of the U.S. Department of Labor for the last six to seven years has been unemployment fraud,\u0022 Andrew Stettner, a senior fellow at the foundation, told The American Prospect.Ohio\u0026#039;s website represents a \u0022bright flashing light of \u0026#039;fraud, fraud, fraud\u0026#039; that for me is just like another example of the system\u0026#039;s overemphasis on unemployment fraud, rather than making sure we pay people who are out of work,\u0022 he added.