What is RESEA?
The Re-employment Services, Eligibility and Assessment Program (RESEA) is in partnership between the Department of Labor's Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Workforce Development Divisions to support Vermonters in re-entering the workforce. This mandatory program has two parts:
- Assessing a claimant's continued eligibility for UI benefits
- Provide claimants assistance to promote successful employment outcomes
If selected for the RESEA program, it is mandatory to participate; Failure to comply with the program's required activities may result in loss of UI benefits.
How Does the Program Work?
The UI Division selects claimants for the RESEA program based on a profiling model. Claimants are selected for the program within the first five weeks of filing or during the first week of filing after establishing monetary eligibility. Priority for selection is for claimants determined most likely to exhaust UI benefits before finding re-employment.
What Does this Program do for me?
Each region of the State has an assigned Facilitator who can help you navigate the program. Facilitators work closely with Workforce Development’s team of Local Career Specialist to connect claimants with job seeker resources, including:
- State of Vermont official job board, Vermont JobLink
- Online Workshops and Events
- Education and Training Opportunities
- Other Community Partner Resources
If selected for the RESEA program, claimants are required to complete the following steps.
- Attend at least two mandatory appointments with a regional RESEA Facilitator.
First Appointment - A group orientation where a facilitator will provider information about the program and its requirements, UI rules and regulations, and a Workforce development overview.
Second Appointment - Review documents, assign WD referral, and develop an individualized employment plan.
- Referrals vary based on the needs of the claimant and may include virtual workshops, job fairs, referrals to partner agencies, and/or connecting with a VDOL Veterans Specialist.
- There will be several forms that will need to be completed and signed during the re-employment process that are time sensitive.
- Document work search activities to be reviewed by the Facilitator.
What to Expect
All RESEA appointments will have both a virtual and phone/dial-in option as a result of COVID-19. Participants may choose to attend through either option.
Participants will receive a letter in advance of their first appointment, confirming the date and time of the scheduled meeting. Please be sure to open and respond to Department mailings, as critical information about RESEA program participation is included. Prior to attending the orientation, participants will be contacted by a local RESEA Facilitator by phone to discuss any initial questions or concerns. The facilitator will also send a Microsoft Teams invitation via email to provide a link to the orientation.
The RESEA orientation will explain Unemployment Insurance rules and introduce you to local resources. Following completion of the orientation, you will receive a letter with the day and time of your second appointment with your regional facilitator. Included in the information, is a to-do list and one referral that needs to be completed prior to your second appointment. Upon completion of your second RESEA appointment, you will be assigned an additional referral that must be completed in an agreed upon time to submit. At each RESEA appointment you and your Facilitator will discuss your employment plan and resources available to assist in obtaining the goal of re-employment. Failure to comply with the RESEA Program could result in denial of benefits.