State Labor Department Warns of Coming Unemployment Requirements

Starting next month, nearly 56,000 Tennesseans receiving unemployment benefits will have to show documentation to prove they’re looking for work.

State Labor Department Commissioner Karla Davis says the new federal requirement raises the bar “on accountability.”

Aside from providing proof they’re job hunting, unemployment recipients will also have to meet face-to-face with case managers in order to get their check.

The federal rules seem to do much of what lawmakers were trying to achieve on the state level. However, legislation that has the support of Governor Bill Haslam would also cut off unemployment benefits if recipients fail a drug test or refuse to take one.

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