Tennessee Officials Say New Unemployment Requirements to Take Effect in April

Mar 20, 2012

New guidelines issued by the U-S Department of Labor mean claimants will have to conduct documented work searches to continue receiving jobless benefits. Under terms of federal legislation enacted in February, claimants will also be required to meet face to face with state job service workers.

The Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is trying to bring the changes to the attention of claimants in the Volunteer State. Commissioner Karla Davis says the new requirements will make sure claimants are on track to find employment and not get caught off-guard when their benefits expire.

The Department of Labor and Workforce Development in Tennessee says claimants will be required to document two work searches each week and completely log the searches. Employers will be randomly contacted to verify the information.  According the the Department, failure to perform an adequate search for work will result  in a disqualification of benefits. 

More information can be obtained at the web site of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.