for work (Able and Available 160.1)
order to maintain continuing eligibility for unemployment insurance a claimant
shall be required to show that, in addition to registering for work, he has
followed a course of action which is reasonably designed to result in his
prompt reemployment in suitable work. Consideration shall be given to the
customary methods of obtaining work in his usual occupation or for which he is
reasonably suited, and the current condition of the labor market. Subject to
the foregoing, the following actions by a claimant either singular or in
combination may be considered a reasonable effort to seek work.
a. Registering and continuing active checking
with the claimant's union hiring or placement facility.
b. Registering with a placement facility of
the claimant's professional organization.
c. Applying for employment with former
d. Making application
with employers who may reasonably be expected to have openings suitable to the
e. Registering with a
placement facility of a school, college, or university if one is available to
the claimant in his occupation or profession.
f. Making application or taking examination
for openings in the civil service of a governmental unit.
g. Registering for suitable work with a
private employment agency or an employer's placement facility.
h. Responding to appropriate "want ads" for
work which appear suitable to the claimant.
Any other action found to constitute an
effective means of seeking work suitable to the claimant.
No claimant, however, shall be denied benefits solely on the
ground that he has failed or refused to register with a private employment
agency or any other placement facility which charges the job seeker a fee for
A claimant shall be deemed to have failed to make a reasonable effort to seek
work on his own behalf if he has wilfully followed a course of action designed
to discourage prospective employers from hiring him for suitable
3. Notwithstanding any of the
foregoing, if the prospects of suitable job openings other than those listed
with the public Job Service in a particular locality, or time period are so
remote that any effort to seek work other than by registration for work would
be fruitless to the claimant and burdensome to employers, then such
registration by the claimant shall be deemed a reasonable effort to seek
4. A claimant is not required
to register for work with the Job Service if he is unemployed due to a labor
dispute at the establishment of his employer and he intends to return to work
for such employer following termination of the dispute. Any claimant who is
unemployed due to a labor dispute and who states on his initial claim that he
register for work and lists his occupation is deemed to have met the
Department's registration requirements. This applies equally to those claimants
who normally obtain work by registering with their union hiring or placement
When a claimant has a
definite date to return to work for a former employer, or a definite starling
date for employment or approved training, the question of availability as it
relates to continued work search will depend on the nature of the claimant's
usual work, the condition of the labor market, and the span of time until he is
to begin work or training.
a. A claimant who
customarily performs work in which temporary employment is common must continue
to seek temporary jobs until the beginning date of work or training to be
considered available for work.
claimant qualified only in work for which odd job employment seldom exists will
not be expected to seek other employment during a reasonable period before the
job or training is to start. A reasonable period is generally considered to be