Almost everyone collecting unemployment insurance benefits is required to actively look for work. Claimants are required to look for full-time employment and must complete two employer contacts or work search activities each week they are claiming unemployment benefits.
When you file your weekly certification at labor.idaho.gov/claimantportal, you will be asked to enter your work search contacts. We will ask how you applied for the position and for the companies’ contact information. You can save yourself some time by using our work search log to gather the information so you have it ready when you file your weekly certification application (formerly known as weekly continued claim report) online.
Seasonal employees are not automatically exempt from seeking work. Job attached designations for seasonal workers are limited to 16 weeks of reduction of hours or layoff. This is applied statewide – with no exceptions to the rule. Enforcing the policy statewide has eliminated the difficulty – and often inequity – of assessing seasonal conditions that vary significantly from one region of the state to another.
If claimants do not have a definite return-to-work date within 16 weeks of their layoff or reduction in hours, they must look for work. We aren’t saying you can’t go back to your previous employer, but you will need to look for work during the time you are off. It may be in an occupation that is busy during a time opposite your normal industry. For example, someone who works as a U.S. Forest Service lookout in the summer could go to work driving a school bus in the fall and winter months.
Remember, if you file your claim and you are instructed to look for work, you are not coded in the system as job-attached. You will be expected to seek work unless otherwise instructed. Please call us at (208) 332- 8942 with questions.
It depends. Union members are not automatically exempt from seeking work. Your work search requirements could be waived if you are an active member of a union that regularly refers you to full-time work. You will be asked questions regarding union membership during the claim filing process to determine your proper work search responsibilities.
Never assume you are job attached. If you are unsure about your job-seeking requirements, contact us at (208) 332-8942.
First, your job search requirements are outlined on your online application. During the application process you acknowledge you understand your work-seeking requirements.
Second, the information is on page 10 of the Claimant Guide/Rights & Responsibilities pamphlet mailed to you after you apply for benefits.
We have also included the information on the Idaho Department of Labor's blog posts.
The most common method of completing a valid work-search activity is to contact an employer for work and apply with an application, resume or cover letter. There are many other activities that meet work search requirements for unemployment insurance purposes. Activities include:
You may find our valid contacts FAQ helpful.
You are required to register for work at idahoworks.gov or with the Department of Labor in the state where you reside. You also may be required to participate in an in-person interview with a workforce consultant at your local office. The interview is designed to help you return to work in the shortest time possible. The consultant may assist you with labor market information, resumes and innovative ideas for seeking work. Failure to participate will result in your benefits being stopped.
Please call or visit your nearest local office for work search help. We offer many free services, including workshops on specific work search topics.
Unemployment can be complicated, but we have tools to help you. For more information on your unemployment insurance rights and responsibilities, visit labor.idaho.gov/uitips.
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