Mass Claim Information

Mass claims are filed by employers with 25 or more affected employees. It is done by submitting an Excel file to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC), which then is uploaded into our Unemployment Insurance system and establishes the initial claim on behalf of the claimant. Thereafter the claimant must file their weekly claim until the return to work date. The layoff period is normally up to 8 weeks with possibly 4 additional weeks upon the Executive Director’s approval. Customarily, the mass claims process is used by employers when there is a short term break in work. This could be due to retooling a shop, normal business slowdowns, or other reasons. OESC doesn’t require individuals on mass claims to register for work or seek work while continuing to file their weekly claim.

There are some formatting and data entry employers will need to do when setting up the mass claim file initially, which includes items such as personnel information, contact information, occupation codes, wages, weeks worked etc. However, once the mass claim file is created it is easy to maintain from filing to filing. 

For any large employer that is interested, we ask that they be able to submit their file by at least the Wednesday before the affected week so we can test it and make sure it uploads. Employers should email [email protected] and we can send them the complete instructions on file layout and the filing process.

Unemployment Claims - Options for Employers

Contact Info or Mass Claims or Temporary Layoffs

Benefits Administration
[email protected]
(405) 557-7244