Tennessee Unemployment Guide

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If you've recently lost your job in Tennessee, you may be eligible for Tennessee Unemployment Insurance benefits. This is a guide to filing your claim for Tennessee unemployment benefits. Since each situation may have its own unique circumstances, make sure you check with the contact numbers and websites listed below to make sure you get the maximum benefits you can claim.


Filing for Unemployment:

Unemployed Tennessee workers can file an initial claim for unemployment benefits one of two ways:

  1. Online – File your initial unemployment claim online
  2. Telephone – File your unemployment claim on Tennessee's Telephone Information and Payment System (TIPS) - Nashville 615-532-1800, Other Tennessee Area 800-689-9799

  • Telephone Hours - You may file on Sunday 8:00am to Midnight, M - F 7:00am - Midnight

File your claim right away after you've stopped working – don't delay. Your claim starts the week you file. Unemployment benefits are not retroactive, so if you delay you may lose benefits.

  • Name, address & phone
  • SSN & date of birth
  • Name, address, phone number, gross earnings, occupation, dates worked, and reason for separation for all employers for the past 18 months
  • If you were discharged from the military in the last 18 months, you'll need Copy #4 of your DD Form 214
  • If you were a Federal employee in the last 18 months, you'll need SF 8 or SF 50 (or W2 or pay stubs)
  • If you are not a US Citizen, you'll need your Alien Registration Number, expiration, and type

After filing your initial unemployment claim, you will receive a monetary determination, describing benefits, eligibility and giving additional information.

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Filing Your Weekly Claim:

Tennessee weekly unemployment benefits are based on a percentage of your earnings, with a minimum of $30 per week and a maximum of $275 per week. Federal Additional Compensation (FAC) currently adds an additional $25 per week to your benefit.

  1. Online – File your initial unemployment claim online
  2. Telephone – File your unemployment claim on Tennessee's Telephone Information and Payment System (TIPS) - Nashville 615-532-1800, Other Tennessee Area 800-689-9799

  • Telephone Hours - You may file on Sunday 8:00am to Midnight, M - F 7:00am - Midnight

  • Call on Sunday if your SSN last digit is even
  • Call on Monday if your SSN last digit is odd

Beware of the Waiting Week. Your first week of benefits is called a "waiting week" – this means you will not be paid benefits during your first week of eligibility, but you must still file a claim to get credit for waiting.

You should expect your first two unemployment check within 5 weeks after your first weekly filing, if you have filed for four consecutive weeks. Weekly benefits are paid by check within 10 days of weekly filing. Direct deposit or Debit Card benefit payments are not available.


Unemployment Benefits:

Health care benefits may also be available through the Health Coverage Tax Credit - Check COBRA and The IRS for details.

Tennessee workers may be eligible for online career assistance and training assistance. You may also find career and training assistance at Tennessee's career center locations.


Filing for extensions:

If an extended benefit period is declared, based on unemployment rates, and it appears that you qualify, you will be notified with instructions to extend your unemployment benefits.


Ending Unemployment:

When you return to work, file for credit for the remaining few days you didn't work, and report wages earned for the week. Then, just stop filing - when you stop weekly filing, your unemployment benefits automatically end.


FAQ:

Make sure to keep a copy of your work search record. You may be required to supply copies to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

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