Unemployed Due to the Flood?

Joe Pitts - D - Clarksville

Yesterday the Clarksville Leaf Chronicle posted a story about unemployment benefits for people whose jobs were displaced by the flood. The contact information on that story was for State Representative Joe Pitts. Here’s what we learned…

Please be aware that if you have lost your job due to your employer shutting down temporarily because of the flood, you are eligible to file for unemployment compensation. According to the TN Department of Labor and Workforce Development, your claim to collect benefits will not count against your employer’s experience rating. You may file an unemployment insurance claim by going to www.tennesseeanytime.org/labor or by calling 1-877-813-0950.

Note: all calls are being routed through Chattanooga while the Nashville office is closed. Call volume is high. Applying online may be your best option for getting through the process quickly.

1 comment for “Unemployed Due to the Flood?

  1. Denise Fourman
    May 17, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    I work at Gaylord Opryland Hotel We are being paid by the company until June 21st.I need to know if we will be able to get unemployement? Here is an article I read that says we have a deadline to apply.

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – When the floods tore through Tennessee it wiped out countless jobs. On Monday labor officials said those affected can file for unemployment.

    “We’ve had thousands of people call to ask questions about unemployment insurance and disaster unemployment assistance,” said Tennessee Employment Security Administrator Don Ingram.

    Those who lost their job because of the flooding crisis can turn to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Previously self-employed individuals could not receive unemployment benefits. Now sole-proprietors, farmers, and others in a similar state can file for Disaster Unemployment Assistance if their business was harmed because of the flooding.

    The affected individual must live in one of the counties in the Federal disaster declaration to apply for the assistance. The first step is applying for regular Tennessee unemployment.
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    “We would take your claim to see if you are eligible for regular Tennessee unemployment and if not then file the disaster claim,” said Ingram.

    At this point it is not known how many people will apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. The time to apply for the program is limited.

    Ingram said the benefit enrollment process will end on June 1. Anyone with questions can call the Department of Labor and Workforce Development at 1-877-813-0950, extension 7599.

    E-mail: ewhite@newschannel5.com

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