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    I filed for unemployment in Tennessee last October and was denied because I quit without good cause. However they asked me to come back to work and I worked for a little bit and then they laid me off. I reopened my unemployment claim and was approved for being laid off but then denied because I had not made 10 times the amount of my weekly benefit check when I went back to work after the initial denial of my claim. Does anybody know if the new coronavirus legislation wood relax the 10 x earning rule requirement for me? Also the restaurant where I work and was laid off from has shut down as a result of the coronavirus so I could not go back there to work and make the additional money I need in order to qualify anyway.
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    I originally responded saying I don't think so. But I am editing that response after some research to say -- its unclear. Need more info.

    When were you laid off and was it because of coronavirus specifically?

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    I think I found your answer. If you were laid off because of the coronavirus, you should be able to receive unemployment. Here's something I found on Tennessee's unemployment site:

    Without sufficient earnings, you will not be eligible to receive benefits.

    However, under the provisions of the CARES Act, you may still be eligible for benefits under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. In fact, the first condition of eligibility for PUA is being ineligible for regular unemployment. After receiving a decision stating you are monetarily ineligible, you do not need to take any additional action. Our team will continue to process your claim for eligibility under the PUA program. You will receive another decision concerning your eligibility for the PUA program.

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    My daughter was hired part time and hours was reduced, she attempted applying for unemployment and did not qualify due to not making enough money in the quarters rules in Tennessee. The representative told her to wait until this past Friday until the quarters change to include her eligible quarters. She has only been getting 6 hours a week. Will she be able to qualify when she reapplies?
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    Lynn Wrote: My daughter was hired part time and hours was reduced, she attempted applying for unemployment and did not qualify due to not making enough money in the quarters rules in Tennessee. The representative told her to wait until this past Friday until the quarters change to include her eligible quarters. She has only been getting 6 hours a week. Will she be able to qualify when she reapplies?

    She should be able to qualify. CARES Act says anyone effected by COVID-19, by either losing their job, getting furloughed or having their hours reduced qualifies for expanded unemployment. Its ultimately up to Tennessee's rules and standards, but if they are complying with the federal guidelines correctly, as I understand it, yes she should qualify.

    She won't qualify for much on state benefits, but the additional $600/wk from the CARES Act for unemployment will more than supplement her lost hours. Keep in mind that $600/wk only lasts until July 31st. So she should reapply soon as she can. Benefits are retroactive from March 29th, for the weeks she applies and gets approved for.

    States are just now starting to implement the new unemployment standards. There is no harm in applying, so I would apply now. But I did find this saying Tennessee is still struggling to reprogram their unemployment website to accommodate the new changes.

    So re-apply now and I would apply again next week as well, and maybe the week after too. Basically until they officially update their systems and you get your official final answer. Hopefully they get their system updated by this week or next.

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    hi i quit my job on january 2020. I worked there for 3 years. I started a new job on feb 2020. I got lay off on my last job due to covi 19. My question is if i qualify for unemployment benefits ? Or if not do i qualify at least for the PUA 600 benefits?thank you
    Sreynolds Wrote: I filed for unemployment in Tennessee last October and was denied because I quit without good cause. However they asked me to come back to work and I worked for a little bit and then they laid me off. I reopened my unemployment claim and was approved for being laid off but then denied because I had not made 10 times the amount of my weekly benefit check when I went back to work after the initial denial of my claim. Does anybody know if the new coronavirus legislation wood relax the 10 x earning rule requirement for me? Also the restaurant where I work and was laid off from has shut down as a result of the coronavirus so I could not go back there to work and make the additional money I need in order to qualify anyway.
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    When were you laid off? Also, it really depends on your state and what they consider the minimum base period to be. However, even if you aren't eligible for classic unemployment, you may still be eligible for the PUA benefits since one of the first conditions of eligibility for PUA is to be ineligible for regular unemployment. I would apply.
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    I was laid off on march 29, 2020 in florida , Due to temporary closing of the hotel because of covid 19.
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    Agustin Wrote: I was laid off on march 29, 2020 in florida , Due to temporary closing of the hotel because of covid 19.

    Ok. I just found this on Florida's unemployment site:

    You must have earned at least $3,400 before taxes in what is called the "base period," which is the first four complete quarters beginning 18 months prior to your claim.

    That would count only for your most recent employer. Still, even if you don't think you are eligible. I would apply anyway. Also, you may still be eligible for the $600 PUA checks even if you don't qualify for regular unemployment in Florida.

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    Hi. My wife was denied unemployment in florida. She worked in a hotel from january 2020 to march 2020. She was laidoff on march because of covid 19 .On the DEO webpage today says ineligible. My question is for the 600 dollars . Is she Eligle for the 600? And how will she knows since the unemployment web says uneligible and doesnt give me any other option. Thank you
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    Agustin Wrote: Hi. My wife was denied unemployment in florida. She worked in a hotel from january 2020 to march 2020. She was laidoff on march because of covid 19 .On the DEO webpage today says ineligible. My question is for the 600 dollars . Is she Eligle for the 600? And how will she knows since the unemployment web says uneligible and doesnt give me any other option. Thank you

    There aren't clear cut rules on this, but the short answer is that she likely isn't eligible for the additional $600/week if her denial is upheld.

    Have you filed a formal appeal with your state? If you haven't then just be aware that you only have 20 days from being notified of a denial to file it.

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    No she has not filled an appeal. I thought you needed to be unelegible for regular unemployment to receive the PUA benefits.

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    In her status in doesn not say denied . It says status inelegible
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    Agustin Wrote: In her status in doesn not say denied . It says status inelegible
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    Can someone explain this to me. I read this on the DEO web from florida.

    • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) – provides up to $275 in weekly benefits to those not ordinarily eligible for Reemployment Assistance, in addition to the FPUC funding. This includes individuals who are self-employed or contract employees.
    *Florida is currently working to distribute these funds to eligible individuals and will be providing more information.

    I was laid off due to covid on March in florida. But i do not qualify for regular unemployment because i just worked one month in my last job. Will i be receiving up to $275 plus $600 from FPUC?

    thanks