A joint UIPL/TEGL released by the U.S. Department of Labor gives details on initial Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments (RESEAs). Below is a brief version of some of the information from the USDOL in the letter. See the full USDOL letter here.
Initial RESEA--The term “initial RESEA” refers to the first meeting between a RESEA service provider and a UC claimant who reported to the meeting in response to an official notification of selection and required participation in RESEA services. For reporting and planning purposes, the initial RESEA session is “completed” when the following components have been provided:
- A UC eligibility review that is conducted on a one-on-one basis, which must include review of work search activities, and referral to adjudication if an issue or potential issue(s) is identified.
- Customized labor market and career information based on an assessment of the claimant’s needs.
- Enrollment in the Wagner-Peyser Act-funded Employment Service program.
- Support, to the extent needed, for the claimant in the development of an individual reemployment plan tailored to the claimant’s needs.
- Information and referral to additional reemployment services and other American Job Center services, resources, and training, as appropriate.
The above list identifies the minimum requirements for an initial RESEA, and states may include additional activities or services as part of their service delivery designs. Importantly, completion of the initial RESEA does not necessarily terminate a claimant’s enrollment in RESEA, given that it does not include many of the reemployment services that may support the claimant’s return to work. States have flexibility in their service-delivery design to include subsequent RESEA sessions and referral to additional reemployment services.
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