COVID-19 Unemployment for Employees
Work searches become part of your weekly certification process Sunday, October 4, 2020.
The video tutorials below provide you step-by-step assistance with reporting your work searches or activities during the weekly certification process.
How to File for Unemployment through the Jobs4TN app
Lost Wages Assistance
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has informed the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development funding for the Lost Wages Assistance program (LWA) will end after the week ending Sept. 5, 2020.
Eligible Claimants will receive the additional $300 payment for the weeks ending Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and Sept. 5.
Retroactive payments to claimants will be delayed by two or more weeks after the week ending date because of the time it takes to apply for funding, and then the time it takes for the state to receive the funding and process it.
To receive the additional LWA payment, claimants must complete their weekly certifications, must be out of work due to COVID-19, and earn at least $100 in weekly unemployment benefits.
The program is retroactive to August 1, 2020. Claimants do not need to take any action to receive this new benefit. The state will automatically add it to the claimant’s weekly benefit payment.
If a claimant was eligible for LWA during the first three weeks of August, they will receive a retroactive lump sum payment for those weeks. Some claimants may not be eligible for all 3 weeks and will receive payments only for the weeks eligible.
The state is processing LWA benefits when the funding from FEMA is available for distribution. If that coincides with a claimant’s regular benefit payment, it will be included. If funding is available at the end of a week, the LWA payment could come separately.
Due to the nature of the LWA grant, future benefit payments to claimants will have a lag time of one or two weeks, if not longer. FEMA is approving LWA funding for Tennessee on a week-to-week basis. Once the state determines the amount of funding needed to cover payments for a specific week, the Department applies for the money needed to process those payments.
LWA is not an unemployment program; it is a FEMA grant that provides the supplemental benefit in addition to a claimant’s current unemployment benefits. This federal grant has a finite amount of funding available. When the grant has depleted its allotment of money, FEMA will no longer be able to fund the LWA program.
Filing for Unemployment Benefits
The fastest and most efficient way to file an unemployment claim is to go to www.Jobs4TN.gov. Due to the high volume of claims because of the COVID-19 emergency, if you file with any other method you could significantly delay the processing of your claim.
To receive benefits, you are required to complete an online certification each week to confirm you are still unemployed. The day you certify is determined by the last digit of your social security number. Sunday: 0, 1, 2, 3. Monday: 4, 5, 6. Tuesday: 7, 8, 9.
You can check the status of your claim on your dashboard at Jobs4TN.gov.
If you are locked out of your Jobs4TN.gov account you may submit a ticket to LWDSupport.tn.gov.