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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.