What does "5x Earnings" mean?

There are instances where claimants will have to apply for Unemployment Insurance on more than one occasion. He/she may file a new claim once their previous benefit year has expired. When doing so, it is required to have earned at least 5 times the weekly benefit amount of the previous benefit year.

 
Example 1: (5X Re-earnings is Required)
 
  • Claimant's monetarily eligible TN Benefit Year End (BYE) ended on May 16, 2015.
  • Change of Quarters occur on July 5, 2015 and October 4, 2015.

    If claimant files a new claim before change of quarter on October 4, 2015, claimant must meet the 5X re-earnings requirement.
 
Example 2: (5X Re-earnings is not Required)
 
  • Claimant's monetarily eligible TN BYE ended on May 16, 2015.
  • Change of Quarters occur on July 5, 2015 and October 4, 2015.

    If claimant files a new claim on or after change of quarter on October 4, 2015, there is no 5x re-earnings requirement. The reason this claimant does not have a 5x re-earnings requirement is because the qualifying base period wages of the claimant's current benefit year do not include wages paid prior to the establishment of the previous benefit year.

    Requalifying wages must represent covered services performed for a liable employer. Therefore, vacation pay, holiday pay, severance pay, wages in lieu of notice or incentive pay cannot be used as requalifying wages. However, such wages may be used to establish monetary eligibility.

If unable to verify your wages, an agent will contact you within this timeframe. In the meantime, continue looking for work and certify weekly

 

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