Eligibility

Maintaining Eligibility 

While you are receiving benefit payments, you must maintain your eligibility. We may audit your records for up to two years from the start of your claim to check that you are meeting all of your eligibility requirements.

Work-Search Requirements

You are required to complete work-search activities that are meant to help you return to work. You also must document your efforts because we may request proof of your work-search activities at any time up to two years from the start of your claim. See more below in Documenting Your Work Search.

View the new emergency rules adopted 06/03/2020.

You are considered a regular unemployment claimant if you exhausted regular unemployment benefits — even if you have also received benefit payments from the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) or Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) programs. You are considered a Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claimant if you are self-employed, a gig worker, or an independent contractor with no W-2 wages and have only received benefits from the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program.

Regular Unemployment Claimants


Work search can and should include a mixture of activities, including contacting employers and interviewing for jobs. The more activities you complete, the sooner you are likely to return to work. We recommend that you complete at least 5 work-search activities per week (or 3 if you live outside of Colorado).

What is a valid work-search?

A valid work search means you have completed specific work-search activities that may lead to a new job and that can be verified by the Division of Unemployment Insurance. Various factors are considered when determining if the work you are seeking is suitable including, but not limited to, rate of pay, prior experience, and length of unemployment.

Here are some examples of a single and acceptable work-search activity:

  • Applying for a job for which you are reasonably qualified

  • Interviewing for a job for which you are reasonably qualified

  • Taking an exam required as part of the application process for a new job for which you are reasonably qualified

  • Contacting an employer, who you reasonably believe may have available suitable work, to inquire as to whether the employer is hiring

  • Being referred to a job by a state workforce center or other entity which provides similar services

  • Adding a resume to an online job board

  • Engaging in documented use of online career tools

  • Participating in reemployment services at a state workforce center or other location where such similar services are provided

  • Participating in state-sponsored or other professional job-related education or skills development

  • Creating a user profile on a professional networking website

  • Participating in networking events related to a job or occupation for which you are reasonably qualified

What is a work-search activity?

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Claimants


Work search can and should include a mixture of activities, including contacting business or potential clients and interviewing for jobs. The more activities you complete, the sooner you are likely to return to work. We recommend that you complete at least 5 work-search activities per week.

What is a valid work-search?

You must follow a course of action designed to result in a prompt return to work. 

Below are some examples of a single and acceptable work-search activity.

If you are self employed or a business owner:

  • Documented efforts to obtain new or additional clients for your business;

  • Documented efforts to expand your business beyond the services typically performed;

  • Documented efforts to market your business to new, reasonably available customers;

If you perform work for an online platform:

  • Establish an account with another online platform for the purpose of seeking work with that platform;

  • Apply for work with another online platform for which the individual may reasonably be qualified; 

Any individual may complete an activity listed for regular unemployment claimants to demonstrate an active search for work.


Documenting Your Work Search

For each work-search activity, you must be able to provide proof by documenting the following:

  • Employer or business contact information, including employer or business name, address, phone number, email address

  • Name and title of person contacted

  • Documentation of use of an online career tool

  • Confirmation of an online job board submission

  • Networking event name and location

  • Specifics of job-related education or other skills development activity

  • Reemployment service in which you participated

  • What action you took

  • How you applied for the position

  • The type of work you were looking for

  • The person you contacted, with a telephone number, email address or other reliable contact information

Track your work-search activities here.

Other Eligibility Requirements

In order to receive benefit payments, you must remain eligible.  

You must:

  • Request payment on schedule as instructed.

  • Be physically and mentally able to work.

  • Be willing to accept suitable work.

  • Be available to begin work immediately if a job is offered.

  • Tell the truth when requesting payment of benefits.

  • Report all hours you worked and gross wages you earned each time you request payment. Even if it is one dollar earned or one hour worked, you must report it.

  • Actively seek work and keep verifiable information about your work-search activities. We recommend that you complete at least 5 work-search activities each week.

In instructed, register with a workforce center at www.connectingcolorado.com or in person at your local workforce center if they are accepting in-person customers.

Training

Training is an important step to help you become employed. If you are in any training, you may qualify for a reduction in the number of work-search activities you are required to make each week. To assess whether or not you qualify and to find out about training, contact your local workforce center. If your training is not approved, please contact us.

Job Attached / Union Attached

Job attached means that you are expected to return to your most recent employer after a separation of up to 16 weeks. If you are job attached, your work-search requirements may be waived, but you must be available to return to work during this time frame. Union attached is the same except the union must find work for you within 16 weeks.

If your work-search requirements are not waived, keep in mind, we may conduct an audit of your claim up to two years from the start of your claim and you may be asked to provide your work-search documentation at that time. If you are unable to produce your work-search documents with all requirements met, you may be denied unemployment and may have to pay back any benefits already received for those weeks.

Returning to Work

When you return to full-time work, be sure to request your final weeks of unemployment benefits and report any hours and earnings. You do not need to call us to tell us that you found full-time work, just simply stop requesting payments. Request payment for weeks you are unemployed or working fewer than 32 hours, then stop.