Tennessee Unemployment Requirements

In order to start your unemployment, TN unemployment requirements include the following:

1. You are totally unemployed. Depending on your vocation and industry, you may qualify for unemployment if you have had your hours reduced.
2. You have worked and earned a minimum amount of wages in work covered by unemployment tax during the past 18 months.
3. You have lost your job through no fault of your own. If you were laid-off you will qualify for unemployment. In most cases, if you were fired for cause - you will not be eligible to collect unemployment. If you were fired for cause, you SHOULD apply for unemployment anyway, just in case you are eligible to get it.
4. You are able and available for work. If you are unable to work because of disability or medical condition, you may not meet the Tennessee unemployment requirements, but you should apply anyway. If you are not eligible for unemployment, you may be eligible to collect disability benefits, and the case worker at the unemployment office will be able to direct you on how to apply for disability.
5. You are registered for work at your local Workforce Development Center. You must do this when you apply for unemployment, and every week when you certify your weekly claim.
6. You are actively seeking work. You must apply to a minimum of two jobs per week.

To continue receiving weekly unemployment benefits, TN unemployment requirements state that you must file a 'weekly claim' by doing the following:

1. Meet all of the TN unemployment requirements listed above.
2. Apply for at least two jobs each week.
3. Contact the Tennessee unemployment office to file your 'weekly claim'. You can do this via phone or on the internet.

Toll Free: 1 (877) 813-0950 Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Office Tennessee Unemployment Website

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# Amanda 2010-12-28 19:14
I just had to quit my job with no notice because of health problems because I had become so sick. Endometriosis and a potential bladder disease, and anxiety and panic attacks returned because of the constant physical pain. Is there anyway I could get unemployment? I worked there just shy of 9 months.
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# Al 2012-04-19 10:30
I work for a company that performs sub-contract work for Department of Energy contractors in TN. I have been employed for almost 5 years and have always received 40 hours per week until two months ago. Due to a reduction in government contracts being awarded, my hours were reduced by 1/4 per month (Feb and March). Currently we are being told that the company wants to keep us on-board with hopes for a better outcome in the next six months or so, but until then, some of us will be scheduled to be working less then 10 hours a week. Though this time may flex due to small contracts being awarded, as a whole some of us will not be working 40 hours a week for a while. Am I eligible to receive unemployment assistance since my hours are being reduced over no control of my own? If so, how does this impact the company? Is requesting this UI assistance going to create a negative impact for those of us that request it? If I can collect UI and since I will still be employed but basically required to be on-call, do I need to look for other employment or do I only have to notify the agency of the hours each week that I did work?
Thank You for your time!
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# Krystal 2012-07-13 09:41
I filed a claim last December in TN that was denied and began a new job in Illinois. I recently separated from that employer and filed for unemployment in IL. The claim is showing as a joint claim from both states and I was wondering what the TN guidelines were for becoming eligible for unemployment within the "benefit" year following the denied claim in TN? Thank you!
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# Pam 2012-08-16 13:36
Hi! I am trying to find out if I qualify for unemployment benefits. After working for 34 years in a dental office in Alabama, I moved to Tennessee to be near my aging parents. I was let go from my new job in a dental office in Tennessee, where I worked for 3 months. The reason stated for my termination was I "wasn't a good fit for the position." I'm having trouble determining whether or not I qualify for benefits.

Thanks so much!
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# Lynn 2012-09-08 15:32
My hours have been reduced from 35 to 20 and now to 18 hrs per week.
Will qualify for benefits while I look for another job?
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# Lynn 2012-09-08 15:35
My hours have been reduced twice from the beginning of summer. First they were reduced from 35 hours to 20 hours. Today i was notified that my days have been reduced to three days per week and a total of 18hours per week.
Will I qualify for benefits while I look for another job?ak7yc
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# Brandon 2012-11-15 14:37
I am currently working for a gas station and was promised 32-40 hours when I started. My hours have been reduced to an average of 20 per week for no reason according to my employer other than he doesnt need so many hours on schedule. I am spending more in gas and effort getting back and forth to work than I am making at this point. Would I qualify for unemployment if I quit on my own accord?
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# Kim 2013-02-05 01:28
I was given the option of resigning after I was told that if I was fired I still wouldn't qulify for unemployment because I had violated company policy and that the rules had changed In Sept 2012 that said if there are policy violations that person did not qulify so they offered me the choice of resigning because I was told either way I didn't quilify for benefits. Is this true?
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# Julie 2013-04-15 08:40
I have worked for 15 years and never collected unemployemnt. I am employed by the school system through a grant and am paid as an 10 month employee. Am I eligible for unemployment for the 2 months that I can't work?
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# melisaa 2013-05-23 10:25
i am pregnant almost five months now. if i get fired or terminted for attandance due to baby doctor apoontments do i qualify for unemployment?
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