Utah Unemployment Benefits Law Adds Disqualifying Conduct

The state of Utah has passed House Bill 170, which adds another scenario under which an individual is considered ineligible for unemployment benefits, i.e., if the claimant fails to appear for a scheduled interview for suitable work. Currently, claimants are considered ineligible when they fail to: apply for available suitable work, accept a referral to suitable work offered by the employment office, or accept suitable work offered by an employer or the employment office.

The bill also requires the Department of Workforce Services to establish a website for employers that offers, among other things, resources on unemployment benefit regulations. The site is meant to be user-friendly and easily accessible from the division’s main webpage.

The bill goes into effect on May 1, 2024.

We will continue to update you as this case progresses.