Unemployment claimants must keep work search log - WTNZ FOX 43 Knoxville, TN

Unemployment claimants must keep work search log

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Beginning on Sept. 1, anyone claiming unemployment benefits will have to show that they are actively looking for work, including keeping a work search log.

According to a news release from the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development, claimants will be required to conduct three work searches each week.

A list of valid work search activity is available on the department's website at www.tn.gov/labor-wfd or at the nearest Tennessee Career Center.

Labor and Workforce Development officials will conduct random audits of 1,000 claimants' work search documentation each week to verify work search activity. If work search claims are found to be fraudulent, the department will stop a claimant's benefits immediately and can suspend payments for eight weeks.

Notices will be mailed next week about the new requirements.

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