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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 eligibility requirements.
Types of Benefits
Regular Unemployment Claimants
You are eligible for regular unemployment benefits if you:
You are eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits if you:
In order to maintain your eligibility for benefits, you must complete regular work search activities that are meant to help you return to work. While you are not required to submit records of your work search activities, you must document your efforts and save those records, because your claim may be audited and we may request proof of your work-search activities at any time up to two years from the start of your claim.There is not a minimum requirement, but the more work search 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.
Work search can and should include a mixture of activities, including contacting potential employers, completing applications, and interviewing for jobs.
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 acceptable work search activities:
For more information on work search activities, see our flyer What is a Work-Search Activity?
Work search can and should include a mixture of activities, including contacting businesses or potential clients, submitting proposals, and/or interviewing for jobs.What is a valid work-search?
You must follow a course of action designed to result in a prompt return to work. Here are some examples of acceptable work search activities:If you are self employed or a business owner:
If you perform work for an online platform:
Documenting Your Work Search
You can use this example spreadsheet to track your work search activities.
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 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.
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.
If you have valid work authorization, you may be eligible to receive benefits if you are not working or your hours have been reduced through no fault of your own.
You must be working fewer than 32 hours and earning less than the weekly amount unemployment may pay you to receive unemployment insurance benefits. If your earnings are also reduced, you may be able to receive partial unemployment benefits.
Typically, to receive regular unemployment benefits, you must be able and available to return to work for your employer. Employers in certain industries are now required to pay up to four days of sick leave. A federal law also went into effect on April 2, 2020 requiring many employers to pay sick time. Please check with your employer first.
If your employer is exempt from paying emergency sick pay or extended family medical leave, you may be eligible for expanded unemployment benefits.