Unemployment Claimants Now Required To Provide Proof Of Work Searches

Extended Federal Benefits Come With Strings Attached For 56,000 Claimants

Monday, March 19, 2012

Beginning in April, significant changes to the unemployment insurance system will require in-person case management and documented work searches for nearly 56,000 claimants. Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Karla Davis Monday announced the receipt of guidance from the USDOL outlining new requirements for select claimants to continue receiving unemployment benefits.

“The reality is that as the state unemployment rate drops there will be fewer weeks of unemployment available,” said Commissioner Davis.

“These new requirements will make sure claimants are on track to find employment and not get caught off guard when their benefits expire.”

All claimants receiving Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC 08) must complete two work searches weekly and provide documentation to Labor and Workforce Development upon request. Additionally, claimants must participate in case management at a Tennessee Career Center including orientation, eligibility review, assessment of skills, participation in remedial workshops, and commitment to a work search plan.

“The federal government has raised the bar on accountability for claimants,” said Commissioner Davis. “Claimants will be required to prove that they are looking for work, and they will be engaged face to face with our job service employees.  If these requirements are not met they will no longer be eligible to receive benefits.”
 
In February, federal legislation was enacted extending the deadlines for federally funded unemployment benefits through December. The changes to the structure of federal benefits reduced the total amount of benefit weeks, but did not create additional benefits for those who have exhausted their unemployment benefits.
 
For up-to-date information visit http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/2012 Unemployment Update.html or follow the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development on Twitter at https://twitter.com/TNLabor

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