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 keep verifiable information about your work-search activities.
- 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.
You are required to complete work-search activities that are meant to help you return to work. 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).
You are required to 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.
For each work-search activity, you must be able to provide proof by documenting the following:
- Employer contact information, including 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
You will need to register with a workforce center at www.connectingcolorado.com or in person at your local workforce center. We recommend that you complete at least 5 work-search activities each week. The workforce center may adjust or change this number.
There may be circumstances that affect your work-search requirements. For example, if you are in training or are job attached to an employer, you may have a reduced number of work-search activities you are required to make. Your workforce center counselor can assist you in choosing the most appropriate work-search activities.
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
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.
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