General information regarding the unemployment extension

 

The new legislation for the extension of unemployment benefits provides unemployment claimants who qualify for up to 26 weeks of regular unemployment benefits, a possible  13 weeks of additional extended benefits.  The unemployment extension is retroactive to May 1st, 2007 and expires March 31, 2009. Claimants who have exhausted their benefits at any point after May of last year will automatically be mailed an application for the extension to their last known address.  Claimants are not required to contact the Unemployment Insurance Claims Center to file a claim for the extension.

 

Generally, the extension provides that a claimant may receive half of their previous claim’s maximum benefit amount.  The maximum a claimant may receive on this extension is 13 weeks at $275 per week for a total of $3,575.  Another example would be if a claimant qualified for 18 weeks of regular unemployment benefits they could get up to 9 weeks of extended benefits, half of their original regular benefit time period.

 

Once a claim is established, claimants will use the either the TIPS system to certify for their weekly unemployment benefits by phone at 615-532-1800, 1-800-689-9799 (within TN), 1-800-262-8094 (outside TN), or certify using the internet application at www.tennesseeanytime.org/labor/

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions for Emergency Unemployment Insurance Benefits

 

 

Question:     I was unemployed for a long time but I am now fully employed.  Can I receive these benefits for the time I was off?

Answer:        No.  You must be currently fully or partially unemployed to receive these extended benefits.  The first week to which you may be entitled is July 12th, 2008.

 

Question:     I don’t like my current job.  If I quit, will I be eligible for the extension?

Answer:        Generally, no.  If you voluntarily quit your most recent job, you would have to prove there was a good work-related reason to quit in order to be eligible for benefits.  Voluntarily quitting your job due to a disagreement with the management, or moving to care for a sick relative, or to look for other employment are examples of claims that would result in a denial of your benefits.

 

Question:     I was unemployed for a long time, but I have taken a part time job now.  Can I receive these partial benefit payments?

Answer:        Possibly.  You may be entitled to partial benefits if you are currently working less than full-time.

 

Question:     How will I apply for the extension?

Answer:        Extended benefit claims will only be taken by mail.  Claimants who have exhausted their benefits at any point on or after May 1st, of 2007, will automatically be mailed an application for the extension to their last known addressClaimants cannot contact the Unemployment Insurance Claims Center to file a claim for the extension.

 

Question:     How much will I receive?

Answer:        Generally, the extension provides that a claimant may receive half of his/her previous claim’s maximum benefit amount.  The maximum a claimant may receive on this extension is 13 weeks at $275 per week for a total of $3,575.  For example, if a claimant qualified for 20 weeks of regular benefits, he could qualify for another 10 weeks of extended benefits.  The maximum number of weeks for regular unemployment benefits is 26 weeks and the maximum number of weeks for extended benefits is 13 weeks.

 

Question:     How long will it take to send my first benefit payment?

Answer:        We expect the first benefit payments to begin within two to three weeks.

 

Question:     How will weekly certifications be done?

Answer:        Once a claim is established, claimants will use either the TIPS system to certify for their weekly unemployment benefits by phone at 615-532-1800, 1-800-689-9799 (within TN), 1-800-262-8094 (outside TN), or certify using the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Internet application at www.tennesseeanytime.org/labor/

 

Question:     Will I be required to perform in-person work searches as required in some previous unemployment extensions?

Answer:        No.  Your work search requirements are the same as when you filed your initial claim for unemployment benefits.