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New Hampshire Working > Return to Work >

Becoming a Return to Work Participant

Claimants learn about the program in one of several ways, the NHES web site, their Benefits Rights Interview (BRI), or in one of our NH Works One-Stop Centers. NHES employees promote the program to both prospective employers and prospective trainees. Claimants are encouraged to find companies or positions that they may want to explore, whether it is utilizing transferable skills or seeking the opportunity to gain new skills. Employers are encouraged to work with the Employer Services Representative in the local office to match open positions and trainees.

New Hampshire Working friendly employers may obtain free window stickers to affix to the window of their business to let potential trainees know that they are aware of the program and are 'Friends of New Hampshire Working'.

Employer Eligibility Trainee Eligibility
Must be a NH Employer Trainee must be eligible to receive NH unemployment compensation benefits or be an unemployed or under employed NH resident
Employer must have a full time position available Trainee must desire new strengths, skills, or experiences
Employer must be willing to provide a true training opportunity that benefits the trainee Trainee must continue to look for work, unless otherwise exempt
Employer must certify that they will not pay any wages or provide any payment in kind Trainee must certify that they understand there is no guarantee of a job nor is there an expectation of a potential job
Employer must agree to provide information requested by the Agency Trainee must attend a mandatory orientation in a One Stop Center
Employer must agree that an employee shall not be displaced nor have any impact on a promotion due an existing employee. Trainee must agree to provide information requested by the Agency
The employer must certify that the training opportunity is not due to lockout or strike. Trainee must agree to report any missed training or changes to training program


Note: Claimants with a definite recall date within 6 weeks and those who do not register for employment services are not eligible for the program.

Once a training opportunity is found, both the claimant and the employer complete a training application. The application is designed to open communications between the employer and the trainee about what training is desired and what training is being offered.

The claimant and the employer return the completed forms to the Local Office for training authorization. The employer, trainee and the local office will receive a letter outlining the authorization, training opportunity and the dates. The trainee must attend the orientation video at the local office prior to the beginning of any training program.

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