Requirement for New UI Claimants to Post Résumés is Now in Effect.
September 2, 2014
Effective this past Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, unemployed Rhode Islanders filing for Unemployment Insurance for the first time must post their résumés to www.EmployRI.org within six consecutive weeks of collecting UI benefits.
The product of increased alignment between DLT’s Income Support and Workforce Development divisions, this new requirement is the latest step taken by DLT that’s intended to help unemployed workers find jobs faster.
The RI Department of Labor and Training is reminding unemployed Rhode Islanders who are filing Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims for the first time of DLT’s new rule requiring claimants to post their résumés on www.EmployRI.org within six consecutive weeks of collecting payments. The requirement became effective on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014.
This means if a UI beneficiary filed his or her claim two days ago, then they must post a résumé to EmployRI, DLT’s one-stop jobs website, by Saturday, Oct. 18, or risk causing their payments to be temporarily shut off — unless and until they do post a résumé.
Based on federal and state law, individuals who claim UI benefits promise that they must be able and available for work and actively seeking full-time work when they certify for their weekly claim. DLT sees its new rule as a way to help jobless workers make the most of their job search and reconnect with the workforce faster.
“The idea is to engage our customers with www.EmployRI.org and our netWORKri One Stop Career Centers far earlier in their claims. We believe it will help them take advantage of DLT job-seeker resources that are available to them earlier, and therefore, conduct more focused and effective job searches,” said DLT Director Charles J. Fogarty.
“We want our UI customers to understand that their claim period comes with an end date and that their 26 weeks will go by fast. We’re trying to encourage them to view their job search as if it’s a full-time job, which comes with deadlines. We’re providing the tools to help our customers follow the new rule quickly,” he added.
In order to prepare for additional customers using its services for the first time, DLT has scheduled more classes in its four netWORKri One Stop Career Centers teaching basic computer skills, résumé preparation and how to use EmployRI.org; and partnered with libraries and community-based organizations throughout the state so they can provide assistance when requested.
DLT also has undertaken a comprehensive education and information campaign to ensure that UI claimants are aware of their responsibility to post their résumés.
Components of this campaign include:
ABOUT DLT: The RI Department of Labor and Training offers employment services, educational services and economic opportunity to both individuals and employers. DLT protects Rhode Island’s workforce by enforcing labor laws, prevailing wage rates and workplace health and safety standards. The department also provides temporary income support to unemployed and temporarily disabled workers. For more information on the programs and services available to all Rhode Islanders, please call the RI Department of Labor and Training at (401) 462-8000 or visit the web site at www.dlt.ri.gov.