The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development will return to requiring unemployment claimants to complete weekly work searches beginning Sunday, Oct. 4.
When the COVID-10 pandemic began in Tennessee, Gov. Bill Lee issued a temporary executive order that modified the work search requirements as the job market constricted. The order allowed applicants to instead maintain a re-employment plan, submit a resume, or create a career profile on the department’s site, among other things.
Claimants who choose to continue receiving unemployment benefits will start work search activities during the week of Sunday, Sept. 27. They will then document those searches during their weekly certification for Sunday, Oct. 4, and each week after that date.
Claimants who have a definitive return to work date due to a temporary layoff do not need to complete this requirement. Self-employed workers can fulfill the requirement by completing business improvement or enhancement activities.
Source: Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development