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Extended Benefits

Claimants are not required to contact the Unemployment Insurance Claims Center to file a claim for Extended Benefits.

The Governor signed into law HB 2324/SB 2315 on June 25, 2009. As a result of this bill, Tennessee claimants who have exhausted all state unemployment benefit entitlement may be eligible for Extended Benefits (EB). EB authorizes a maximum of 20 additional weeks of unemployment benefits. The first payable week of EB will be June 27, 2009, with the first payments beginning around the middle of July. The maximum benefit amount a claimant may receive will be 80% of the maximum of his regular unemployment claim or 20 times a claimant's normal weekly benefit amount, whichever is lesser. The Agency plans to take EB applications online. We hope to have this online application available beginning July 15, 2009. No applications will be taken until that day. Once a claim is established, claimants will be mailed another letter notifying them of their weekly and maximum benefit amounts for this extension. At that point, claimants will begin using the TIPS system only to do their weekly certifications on Wednesdays and Thursdays. EB differs from regular state unemployment and federal emergency unemployment in two major ways: 1. Claimants will be required to make a minimum of two tangible and documented work searches each week. Claimants will be required to keep a journal of these work searches which are subject to periodic inspection by the Agency to verify compliance. An additional question will be added to the EB weekly certifications asking claimants if they have documented their work searches for the week. 2. The definition of suitable work is changed. If a claimant refuses a job where the weekly wage is greater than the weekly benefit amount of unemployment, the unemployment claim is stopped. The EB programs end on December 26, 2009, with the last payable week being January 2, 2010. Please check back soon as we will continue to update this website as more details are available.

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