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Recommendations to Help Claimants under New Federal Requirements

Friday, April 13, 2012 | 07:22am
Department Urges Compliance to Avoid Interruption of Benefits
NASHVILLE – New federal requirements to the unemployment insurance system announced last week require in-person case management meetings and documented work searches, and the Department of Labor and Workforce Development is making several recommendations to help claimants.
“We’re encouraging everyone to pay attention to the information we send in the mail and attend these case management courses,” Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Karla Davis said. “As more and more claimants miss these sessions, it may become increasingly challenging to find classes with open slots resulting in weeks of delays to get their benefits started again.”
The department recommends updating your address with the agency in order to receive notifications. This can quickly be done by logging into your account online at If individuals miss their appointment they should immediately contact their local Tennessee Career Center to reschedule.
All Claimants in the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program (EUC08) received instructions on the newly required documented work searches; however, only those transitioning from the state’s unemployment benefits to EUC08 and those entering the second tier of EUC08 receive additional notifications to attend case management sessions.
In the appointment letter for case management, claimants are instructed to bring their initial work search logs. If they don’t produce the documents, they are required to attend an additional in-person session to ensure they are in compliance with the requirements.
For up-to-date information visit Unemployment Update.html or follow the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development on Twitter at

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