Eliminate some mail sent from the unemployment office.
When first signing up for unemployment I received five separate envelopes in the mail the first week. Then there is at least two every week after that. The work search log is the only thing I keep, everything else is wasted paper and postage. Maybe the work search log could be online too and the unemployment office can go completely paperless. Have it optional so that those without access to a computer can still get their paper mail...At least maybe think about consolidating some of those envelopes.
It is very important to read the notices sent by the unemployment insurance program as they include an explanation of your legal responsiblities. In regards to the use of online services, the Department is in the process of updating the computer system to allow claimants to receive and respond to items like work search logs by email or by using online tools.
Julie StHilaire commented
I agree it is important to read the information you receive regarding unemployment benefits and responsibilities. However, it is a huge waste of tax dollars to create all these separate notices and then mail each in a separate envelope! It is not uncommon to receive up to 5 pieces of mail from MDOL in the same day! Each time I received correspondence there were at least two mailings which could have been easily combined. I’ve developed and managed many automated systems such as this and have never witnessed so much waste! With unemployment rates so high, these postage and supply costs add up quickly. Not to mention the unnecessary environmental impact. MDOL should automate electronic notices to those who file their weekly claims online and combine these paper notices sent to those who do not have computer access. MDOL's systems need to be updated for efficiency and the savings should be applied to helping Mainers get back to work!