NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is alerting more than 18,000 Tennesseans currently receiving federally extended unemployment insurance that those payments will soon end.
“We don’t want people who are presently receiving (unemployment checks) to be caught unaware, expecting their benefits to continue into 2014,” said Burns Phillips, commissioner for the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. “We also want workers to know that the Tennessee unemployment insurance program that provides the first 26 weeks of benefits is not affected by the expiration of the federal (unemployment checks) extension.”
The federal legislation that extended emergency unemployment compensation expires at the end of 2013 unless Congress decides to extend it.
Officials said the unemployment insurance program that provides the first 26 weeks of benefits is not affected by the expiration of the federal extension.
The last week for which unemployment befits will be paid is the week ending on Saturday, Dec. 28, according to officials with the department.
If claimants certify for that week in a timely manner, they will receive their final payment during the week ending Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. All payments stop at that time regardless of the number of weeks claimants were initially notified they would receive.
After Saturday, Dec. 28, Tennessee will return to the system that allows unemployed workers to receive a maximum of 26 weeks of benefits.