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 assess you are meeting all of your eligibility requirements.
In order to continue to receive benefit payments, you must remain eligible.
- Request payment every two weeks
- Actively seek work and record your search on a work-search log
- 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 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.
To maintain eligibility, you must make a continued and organized effort to look for work and be willing to accept suitable work. Various factors are considered when determining if work is suitable including, but not limited to, rate of pay, prior experience, and length of unemployment.
To begin, you will need to register with a workforce center at www.connectingcolorado.com or in person at your local workforce center. You will be assigned up to 5 job contacts to make each week. The workforce center may adjust or change this number. You are required to keep a list of these efforts, because we may request this proof at any time up to two years from the start of your claim.
For every job contact made, you must keep a verifiable list of:
- 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
There may be circumstances that affect your work-search requirements. For example, if you are in training or are job attached you may have a reduced number of job contacts you are required to make.
What is a valid job contact?
A valid job contact means you have completed specific job-search activities that may lead to a new job and that can be verified by the Division of Unemployment Insurance. Here are some examples of a single and appropriate job contact:
- Submitting an online application or resume for a specific job.
- Interviewing for a job or attending a second job interview.
- Completing testing required by an employer for a job.
- Submitting a paper application for a specific job and/or employer.
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 job contacts you are required to make each week. To assess whether or not you qualify, and 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 brief 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 log at that time. If you are unable to produce your work-search log with all requirements, you may be denied unemployment and may have to pay back any benefits already received for those weeks.
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