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Work Search Requirements for Those Receiving Unemployment Benefits
New Rules Go Into Effect
2/3/2014
The rules around looking for work in order to receive unemployment benefits have changed.  Starting with any week of benefits claimed on or after February 23, 2014, you must meet these new requirements.  You could lose your benefits if you do not follow these steps.

What must I do to stay eligible each week?
You must seek work immediately. You must be able to work, available for work and actively seeking work during each week that you claim. This includes being available for work and actively seeking full-time, part-time, permanent and temporary work.

How do I seek work?
A key piece of your plan will be contacting employers who hire people with your experience, training and skills. You must continue to look for work each week you claim benefits.  You must do this even if you are already employed part-time, unless otherwise advised by an Employment Department representative. Your efforts must reflect a genuine desire to obtain employment immediately.

If you are:
•    Not returning to work for your last employer
•    Returning to work for your last employer but not within four (4) weeks from your last day you worked for that employer
•    Not sure when you will be returning to work for your last employer
•    Working part time

You must complete at least five work seeking activities for each week that you claim benefits. Work seeking activities include, but are not limited to:
•    Registering for job placement services with WorkSource Oregon
•    Attending job placement meetings sponsored by WorkSource Oregon
•    Participating in a job club or networking group dedicated to job placement
•    Updating your resume
•    Reviewing job placement websites or newspapers without responding to a job posting
•    Making direct contact with an employer

Two of the five work seeking activities you complete each week must be direct contact with an employer. This means contacting them in person, by phone, by mail, or electronically to inquire about and/or apply for a job opening. You must contact the employer in the way they require.

When you claim benefits your report of work seeking activities must include:
•    The date you completed the activity, and
•    A description of the activity completed

When reporting direct contact with an employer, be sure to include:
•    Date of contact,
•    Company name, phone number and address, or online job posting ID number,
•    Person contacted,
•    Type of work or position applied for,
•    Method of contact, and
•    Results

Union Members
You are considered actively seeking work if:
•    You belong to a union that does not let you seek work on your own, and
•    You get all of your work through that union hiring hall, and
•    You are on the union’s referral list, and
•    You remain in contact with that union each week you claim.

If you belong to a union that allows you to seek work on your own, you must seek work by contacting employers within your trade.

Temporary Layoff
You are considered actively seeking work if:
•    You are laid-off and have a definite date to return to full-time work, and
•    That date is within four weeks from your last day you worked for that employer, and
•    You remain in contact with that employer each week you claim.

Contact the UI Center right away if your return to work is delayed.  You must complete five work seeking activities if your return to work with your former employer is delayed.

Work Search Record forms are available in the back of your Claimant Handbook.