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UI RESEA is a program funded by the U.S. Department of Labor to help unemployment insurance claimants return to work faster. Claimants are selected to participate based on multiple factors, including most likely to exhaust UI benefits. If you are selected, you will receive a notification by email within five weeks of initiating your claim that advises you to participate in a virtual meeting.

The UI RESEA meeting includes an eligibility assessment regarding your unemployment benefits and a review of your work search approach and efforts. You will receive information about the services available through the American Job Centers as well as labor market and career information. An American Job Center representative will help you develop a plan to address your specific reemployment needs. Your plan will include a referral to at least one mandatory reemployment service and/or training.

If selected for UI RESEA:

You must fully participate in the UI RESEA program. If you are unable to attend this mandatory virtual meeting, you must call the American Job Center number listed on your Notification letter before the meeting and provide the reason for requesting a meeting change. Failure to do so or attend this virtual meeting may result in a disqualification from receiving unemployment benefits for the week of your scheduled meeting.

Connecticut currently has a Work Search Waiver in place. The RESEA program is not requiring work search efforts, as in specifics – what company did you apply to for work? RESEA is federally mandated and USDOL acknowledges that states may have work search effort waivers, and yet an informal review of the claimant’s work search approach is necessary to assist with creating the required Individual Reemployment Plan. This Plan assists those currently searching for work to obtain work more quickly.

We are also required to let RESEA selected claimants know about Work Search Efforts for when the waiver is lifted, so that they are fully aware of the requirement.

Please review the RESEA Orientation prior to your scheduled meeting for an overview of the program. 

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