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Reporting Your Weekly Work Search
Effective Sunday, April 29, 2012, the Online Claims System, and the telephone Weekly Claim Line will be updated to require individuals to report their work search when they claim weeks of benefits. 
 
If you claim a week of benefits by telephone, the recording will allow you to speak your work search at the end of your call.  You will have up to 2 minutes to record all of your work search activities.  When you are finished speaking your work search, press any key on your phone.  You will then have the option to review your recording by pressing 1, re-record it by pressing 2, discard your message by pressing 3, or submit your work search and complete your call by pressing the # button. 
 
For individuals filing weekly claims online, there will be a new section at the end of the weekly claim questions for you to enter your three best work search contacts for the week. 
 
All individuals are required to actively seek work during each week claimed.  How you meet this requirement may differ depending on your particular circumstance:
 
 
 
 

You are on a temporary layoff, with a return to work date within four weeks of your layoff date:
 
You must remain in contact with your employer, and be capable of reporting for work during the time you are laid off.  If you meet this requirement, you are considered actively seeking work, and you should list your current employer as your work search contact for the week. 
 
Note:  If you are not given a definite return to work date, or, your return to work date is delayed, or is more than four weeks from your layoff date, you must immediately begin seeking other work. 
 
 
 
 

You are in a union that dispatches its members to job sites:
 
If you are affiliated with a closed referral union (one that does not allow you to seek work on your own), you must remain in contact with your union, and be capable of accepting and reporting for work when dispatched by your union.  If you meet this requirement, you are considered actively seeking work, and you should list your union as your work search contact for the week. 
 
 
 
 

You are in a union that allows its members to seek union work:
 
If you are affiliated with a union that allows you to seek union work on your own, you must seek work by contacting employers within your trade.  If you meet this requirement, you are considered actively seeking work, and you should list your employer contacts for the week. 
 
 
 
 

You are in TUI or TRA approved training, or are in the SEA program:
 
Individuals in approved training under the Training Unemployment Insurance (TUI) or Trade Act (TRA) program, or receiving Self Employment Assistance (SEA) benefits are exempt from the work search requirements.   
 
 
 
 

You do not fall under any one of the above categories:
 
You must actively seek and be available for full-time, part-time, permanent and temporary work during each week you claim. 
 
Contact multiple new employers each week.  You may also contact former employers if you have reason to believe they may rehire you.  When possible, submit applications or resumes, even if there are no current job openings. 
 
 
Note:  Failure to look for work, or failure to provide your work search activities during each week claimed, may result in a delay or denial of your unemployment insurance benefits.