Q) I retired at 60 years old from my career job in Jan. of 2014 and took a part time job as a grounds keeper at a local cemetery and we work from approximately May through September. I have filed a claim and been approved for benefits, but, have not actually claimed benefits as of yet. My question is, am I exempt from the work search requirements since I will be returning for work when the weather allows in the spring, I’m not sure that whole process is worth $104 per week to me. Thank you for your consideration.
A) One of the conditions on getting unemployment insurance benefits is that you must be actively seeking work while collecting benefits.
General Requirements for Unemployment Benefits
Be totally or partially unemployed.
Be unemployed through no fault of his/her own.
Be physically able to work.
Be available for work which means to be ready and willing to immediately accept work.
Be actively looking for work.
Meet eligibility requirements each week benefits are claimed.
Be approved for training before training benefits can be paid.