Tennessee Unemployment If You Get Laid-off

Generally, in Tennessee you have to have lost your job through no fault of your own in order to collect unemployment. When you get laid-off, it is not your fault.

In almost all cases, this means that if you get laid-off, you are eligible to collect unemployment benefits.

If you get laid-off from your job, you should immediately apply for unemployment benefits.

Getting laid-off doesn't mean that you were fired. Getting laid-off doesn't mean that you did something wrong. Getting laid-off means that they company that you worked for did not have enough work for you to do, and could no longer afford to pay you to do your job.

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# Chris 2011-02-02 03:21
My workplace is shutting down around the end of February, although we don't know for certain at what date. What information or material can we obtain NOW that will serve the needs of workplace contact?

Personally, I am going out of the country on the second week of March for a week (these are plans I am unable to change), and I am concerned that this will effect my eligibility for benefits as I cannot accept work that week, unless I file a claim when I return (which is my plan). However, at that time, this contact information for my previous employment will not be available. What should I do?

I appreciate your quick response, so that I may share relevant information with my co-workers.
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# Emily 2011-04-12 10:27
I will have to be gone six weeks in august for maternity leave. My work doesn't have maternity leave and I am not fmla protected. When I come back from I don't expect them to have a job for me. What will that be considered? Fired, laid off, or me quitting? I need unemployment and don't know what to do.
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# logan 2011-04-13 01:17
I was laid off from my part time ,minimum wage ,food chain job here in TN. The whole franchise got closed by corporate. I started out 7 months ago at only 15 hours a week and have worked my way up to 25 hours a week. Still ,I am barely able to pay my ulities etc. Am I eligible for UI Benefits ?? From what I've read in other places TN only pays 31% of reg wage benefits which isn't enough for me to scrape by on b/c I was already only scraping by on $7.25 at 25 hours a week. You would think the LESS you made at your job the more they'd be willing to help you since you were barley getting by in the first place. They wouldn't say to someone bringing home alot like say $500 a week, " well since you're used to having alot of money that makes you especially qualified unlike poor folks." Would they?? I was laid off yesterday and I'm supposed to get a seperation notice tomorrow so we'll see what happens. I'm guessing the poor ones like us who never "call in " or "ask off" are screwed.
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# Trav 2011-11-02 21:26
How long must i have worked at my current job to recieve unemployment? Ive been working here for about 2-3 months, and its starting to slow down because of the winter. Im pretty sure my boss is going to start laying people off and im nervous that i may not have worked long enough to be eligible. Ive looked all over different websites and none of them are really answering my question. Please somebody write me asap.
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# dan 2013-02-08 11:55
I will be laid off in a couple of months. I have worked locally in Tennessee for several years. My layoff will include a severance package and vacation purchase. I am eligable for both company pension and social security. Can I draw unemployment compensation?
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