Department of Labor announces series of Work Search Virtual Town Hall events

06 May 2021

Montpelier, Vt. – The Vermont Department of Labor will host a series of virtual information sessions focusing on the work search requirements for unemployment insurance claimants that will be reinstated on May 9, 2021.

Claimants who are filing in regular UI and do not have a COVID qualifying reason, as well as claimants filing in PUA who are not categorized as self-employed or independent contractors, and who do not have a COVID qualifying reason, will be required to begin making three work contacts each week beginning the week of May 9 – May 15. Only legitimate work inquires will be considered valid.

The work search requirement was waived last spring when Governor Phil Scott’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order went into effect. Therefore, many claimants may not be familiar with this requirement or the changes made to account for pandemic-related reasons for being unemployed. Each session will focus on questions and topics claimants may have, or want to learn about to be more prepared for their work search efforts.

Details on upcoming events may be found below, with additional information available at Recordings of these and previous events are uploaded to the Department’s YouTube Channel, and may be viewed online at Provided below is a schedule of work search related presentations for next week.

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  • WEBINAR: How to Enter Work Search Activity


  • Work Search for Vermont Employers
  • Work Search Exemptions, Part-Time Employees and Suitable Work
  • Work Search for PUA Claimants
    • Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
    • Overview: Some claimants receiving benefits through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program are currently required to complete work search. Self-Employed individuals, contractors and sole proprietors are encouraged to attend and learn more about valid work search contacts and activities, and overall requirements.  
    • Online Link:

Contact Information

COVID-19 Update: Department of Labor regional offices are currently operating with limited times for in-person services due to COVID-19 and staffing limitations. To see when your local office is open for in-person services click here.

Vermont Department of Labor
5 Green Mountain Drive
P.O. Box 488
Montpelier, 05601-0488
(802) 828-4000

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