In June 2011, the Pennsylvania General Assembly enacted a law amending the Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Law. Many of the amendments’ provisions took effect January 1, 2012, including additional “active search for employment” eligibility requirements for claimants to collect UC benefits.

In interpreting the active search requirement and statutory exceptions, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry established specific steps that a claimant must take to satisfy the active search requirement. L&I also added the caveat that, to be relieved from the active search requirement under the layoff/lack of work exception, the claimant must have a projected return to work date within 28 calendar days of when he last worked. The addition of the 28-day requirement caused significant concern for employers who engage in seasonal layoffs, particularly those in the construction industry.
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