Tennessee Unemployment Base Period

Your base period is the period of time that you worked, prior to losing your job in which you establish the amount of money that you will receive in unemployment. The more money that you made in your base period, the larger the amount that you will recieve every week for unemployment.

The base period is a period of one year, and does not include the most recent quarter (most recent three months).

For example, if you lost your job on April 1 2010, and filed for unemployment that same day -- your base period would be January 1 2009 to December 31 2009. Remember - the base period does not include the most recent three months - so your base period does not include January 1, 2010 to March 30, 2010.

Effect of Base Period on Filing A Second Unemployment Claim, after your unemployment benefits have run out: If you did not work during your base period, you generally are not eligible to receive unemployment benefits. If you only received unemployment income during your base period - there is a big chance you will not receive further unemployment benefits if filing an entirely new claim.

The counselors at your local unemployment office are very knowledgable professionals and can help you understand how to calculate your base period. Also, if your regular or extended unemployment benefits run out, or stop, you should go ahead and file for unemployment again, and talk with an unemployment counselor about your case.

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# Joseph M. 2011-01-08 18:04
I work in construction and have been laying concrete, it was mentioned about me moving to another area of the company doing heavy machinery. Yesterday, I was laid temporarily laid off because of the cold. When asked if I could have the other jobs, I was told I was too important in the concrete side of the company. I've been with the company for only 4 months. Do I qualify for unemployment. I am scheduled for testing at the local career center for a major company but nothing guarantees a job. I have a family to support and bills to pay. Thanks, Joe
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# melissa 2012-12-19 23:44
just returned from medical leave (12 wks) to my job and now getting barely any hours due to economic downturn. I have not been officially laid off but inconsistently getting work. Have been employed with company over 2 years and wonder if i would be eligible to seek benefits. while on medical leave company experience cutt backs and several lost jobs
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# yusef 2012-12-26 12:22
it has been 8 weeks since i was laid off, do to lack of work and i talked to my employer at the time,they said they called tn unemployement already, 6 weeks ago and i have not recieved my approval letter, and im about to lose my care then i wont be able to work ..
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# dee 2013-02-19 23:00
if get a job, 16 to 20 hrs a week would it affact employment benefit.
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# William Padgett 2017-09-01 09:39
My hours at Dollywood have been cut, I will return to work in October when the park hours are extended to open 7 days a week. I work at Dollywood only part-time (approximately 3 days per week). Another employee mentioned temporary unemployment until the hours pick up.
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