How to file for unemployment in TN during COVID-19 pandemic

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Right now, many people are out of work through no fault of their own. Filing for unemployment is a safety net for hard times like this.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed an executive order that should help make it easier for you to file.

According to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, there are three changes you should know under Executive Order 15.

First, the order temporarily suspends the waiting week requirement. Now you can receive your first benefit upfront instead of waiting to certify for four consecutive weeks.

Second, the executive order helps include more people. By law, to be eligible a person must be able and available to work. Claimants could be laid-off, quit for good reason, or fired for reasons other than misconduct. Now it includes people who are isolated and quarantined by a medical professional.

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