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Work Search Requirements
Iowa Work Registration Program
To remain eligible for unemployment insurance benefits, you must comply with Iowa work search requirements. Work search requirements state you must actively search for suitable work every week you file to collect benefits. You must keep a detailed log of your employment search and provide a copy of your work log to IWD when requested. Your log must include:
- Date of contact with employer
- Name and contact information of prospective employer
- Method of contact (online application, in person, by phone, etc.)
- Outcome of contact with employer
Print out Iowa’s official “Record of Work Search” here.
You may not have to meet work search requirements if you are temporarily laid off from work with a set return date. Union members must contact their local union hiring hall once a week to meet work search requirements.
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What You Need for Work Registration
Iowa does not require you to register with any online work system. But you must keep a detailed log of your work search efforts every week. Your log must contain accurate and detailed information about your job search. You can print out Iowa’s official “Record of Work Search” online from the back of the state UI handbook here. If you have a physical copy of the UI claimant handbook, you can write your log in the book’s record log.
When you first file for unemployment insurance, you are not expected to accept job offers that:
- Offers a wage below the minimum wage.
- Results directly from a strike, lockout, or other labor dispute.
- Offers substantially less favorable wages, hours, or other working conditions to the claimant than those prevailing for similar work in the area.
- Would require the you to join or resign from a labor organization.
The longer you collect benefits, the less of a wage your are expected to accept. You will receive:
- 100 percent for work offered during the first five weeks of the unemployment claim.
- 75 percent for work offered during the 6th-12th weeks of the unemployment claim.
- 70 percent for work offered during the 13th-18th weeks of the unemployment claim.
- 65 percent for work offered after the 18th week of the unemployment claim.