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Old 01-24-2013, 06:02 PM
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My husband is a seasonal worker and currently unemployed. The process we're dealing with is very difficult. After the fiscal cliff cutoff he was put on an extension where he now has to certify his work search. He was made aware of this 2 days before his next call in date, with the day before being the day he needed to visit Michigan works to fill out the 180 question questionnaire to see 'what kind of job he should do.' I thought based off the paperwork he'd gotten in the mail it started the work search certification started after his next call. So far he's missing out on 2 weeks of unemployment. He had however, sent his resume in regards to many jobs on craigslist so I believe we can contact UIA and prove this and get the back pay. (He didn't know we had 'proof' of the emails.)
One issue with the work search is if his union catches him searching for work outside his union they can cut off all retirement, insurance, and any other benefits, as well as bar him from the union. When he'd applied for the jobs on craigslist it was when unemployment was cut off due to the 'fiscal cliff') When asking the lady on the 'help' line about this she said "It doesn't matter, to recieve benefits you must apply for 2 jobs a week."
From what I saw another option is to ask his employer for a letter stating he should be returning to work within 120 days. What happens if it takes more than 120 days? He is typically laid off for 4-6 month of the year depending on the weather. Calling UIA takes hours of recalling and the staff tends to be brief as I'm sure they handle a huge number of calls daily.
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:34 PM
Location: Wisconsin
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I continue to be baffled by people not knowing they are required to perform work searches for UE. Certain rural areas of WI had waived the work search requirement, but this is certainly not true in major metropolitan areas.

In WI, from day one in 2009, I was told I needed to keep a log and document two work searches a week - even for state benefits - long before EUC made it a "formal" requirement.

Your hubby needs to continue to apply on Craig's list and other job boards and online directly to employers to satisfy the MI work search requirement. It is not worth the hassle when you do not do this and your claim is closed because of it. Especially if there are audits. Clearly, there aren't enough union jobs to which he can apply, so he needs to apply to what IS out there. If he is careful, the union isn't going to find out about it.

And, yes, if, you get a letter from his employer and after 120 days his employer doesn't call him back, he'll be back to doing work searches in order to receive benefits.
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:58 AM
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He had never had to do the work search the prior 6 years of claiming. It was new to this "extention" he is on.
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