Receiving unemployment from the state you live in may be a necessity at some point in your life. It is never an easy situation to swallow, but unemployment can actually be a very helpful thing while you continue your new job search. Receiving unemployment during a difficult time in your life can allow for some of the financial stress to be taken off of you while you continue your job search.
Federal mandates keep unemployment benefits in place, but each individual state does have some stipulations or additional benefits that you will need to know about. Unemployment claims in Tennessee will require you to follow the normal federal law, however, there may be some additional issues you will have to tackle. Check out our page regarding requirements for unemployment claims in Tennessee to be sure.
One of the best ways to start out right with any important application, including the one for Tennessee unemployment benefits, is to arm yourself with the knowledge necessary to properly qualify for unemployment. Below are some basic tips to help you along the way:
Be sure to gather all documentation and write down all personal information needed before starting your application. This will make the process exponentially faster.
Continue to look for work while receiving unemployment and keep names, phone numbers and addresses written down. You will be asked to provide this information when you claim your weeks. If you have not searched for work during any given week, you will not receive any unemployment benefits for those weeks.
Do not continue collecting unemployment after you have gotten a job, even one that may pay you in cash. By law, you are required to report earnings of any kind, and by not doing so you are committing unemployment fraud.
Remember that the money from your unemployment will come from your previous employer’s pre-paid unemployment taxes. Employers must do this for every employee on their payroll, so in the event they need to let an employee go due to no fault of their own, unemployment benefits will be available to them. This also means, you can only receive unemployment benefits in relation to how many wage credits you earned while working there. This relates basically to how many hours and for how long you worked there. A job you worked at 10 hours a week for six weeks will not likely qualify you for enough wage credits to receive unemployment. However, a job you worked at 40 hours a week for eight months will have earned you enough wage credits to cover unemployment benefits for a decent amount of time.
Every person will qualify for a different amount of unemployment. If you would like to know more about this, check out our page on how much you may qualify for if you are approved for benefits.
On the rest of the website, you will find a great deal of information on Tennessee unemployment benefit claims and how to move through the process in a simple way. If you still have questions after perusing this site, check out more in-depth answers on the official unemployment site for Tennessee located here: http://www.tn.gov/