New Unemployment Rule for Hoosiers
September 16,2013 — Indiana’s Department of Workforce Development is sending notices to Hoosiers about a new law that affects residents getting unemployment benefits.
It says that House Enrolled Act 1457, also known as “Jobs For Hoosiers,” mandates all unemployed people receiving unemployment insurance to go to their local WorkOne office, where an in-person review of their work search records and an orientation with WorkOne services is required after their fourth week of receiving benefits.
It says the new law intends to get unemployed Hoosiers integrated with WorkOne services and programs for reemployment as quickly as possible.
Workforce Development says unemployed Hoosiers will get notices about this requirement, along with information about scheduling WorkOne visits in October.
Commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development Scott B. Sanders says, “We definitely see this provision as one of the most important steps we can take to help get Hoosiers back to work as soon as possible. Our staff will be able to provide insight on how to improve job search techniques and introduce clients to all of the services WorkOne offers.”
The Department says, “As previously required, all unemployment insurance recipients must report and keep track of the three places they looked for work each week. In addition, unemployed Hoosiers must be able to show a record of their weekly work searches and a photo ID at the in-person WorkOne visit or risk losing benefits. Unemployment insurance recipients should make sure their address is up-to-date in Uplink, Indiana’s online unemployment insurance filing system, to ensure they get the notice.”
More information about this new requirement is available at the Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s (DWD) homepage at www.in.gov/dwd.