What should I do if I was temporarily laid off?

Unemployment defines "Temporary Layoffs," once referred to as partials, as those that are job-attached. That means you have a return date that's within 16 weeks from filing your unemployment claim or are a member of a hiring union. (These claimants are not required to look for work.)

Follow the steps below to apply for your unemployment benefits:

  1. Recover or Create your account
    Utilize the "Forgot Username/Password" or "Not Registered Yet" options on Jobs4TN.
  2. File a Claim
    From your dashboard, choose the "Unemployment Services" menu from the left-side navigation. Then click "File a Claim."
  3. Certify for Weekly Payment
    Log into your Jobs4TN account each week to certify, answering a few certification questions regarding the past week's earning.
  4. Expect two letters
    The first explains your potential benefit amount. The second tells you the agency's decision.
  5. Receive Payment
    Answering your weekly certification questions accurately assists in the timely payment of approved claims.
  6. Continue to complete weekly certifications.
    To ensure you receive payment each week, certify weekly.

A Quick Guide for Temporary Layoffs is available on the department site.



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