Some Tennesseans receiving unemployment benefits will once again be required to complete weekly work searches as part of their weekly certifications beginning Sunday, Oct. 4.
This means that individuals who plan to file their weekly certification for Oct. 4 will need to start work search activities the week of Sept. 27, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced Monday.
The change is not unexpected — Commissioner Jeff McCord announced in late August that the requirement would resume, though he did not announce the exact date at that time.
The work searches were a required part of weekly unemployment certifications to receive benefits prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Bill Lee previously 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