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Unemployment claimants required to step up job searches to receive benefits


Iowa Workforce Development provided additional details Monday about how the agency will administer the new Reemployment Case Management program that begins on Jan. 9. The program, announced in October by Gov. Kim Reynolds, is part of a series of steps the state is taking to address Iowa’s worker shortage. When fully implemented, the RCM program will include 18 new career planners who will be assigned to meet individually with Iowans seeking reemployment beginning with the first week of their unemployment claims. As part of the new program, the requirement that most jobless Iowans engage in at least two work search or reemployment activities per week to receive unemployment benefits will double to four activities per week. At the same time, Iowa Workforce Development is narrowing the list of what qualifies as a “reemployment activity” from 27 items to 12. Union members will be excluded from participation in the program, per Iowa law.

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