NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - State labor officials have begun enforcing new unemployment requirements passed by the Legislature.
WMOT-FM reported that the longer a person is jobless, the less salary he or she can refuse and still keep unemployment benefits.
After 13 weeks, for example, a person offered a job at 75% of previous salary could lose benefits for not accepting it.
Tennessee Labor and Workforce Development spokesman Jeff Hentschel said the department is encouraging employers who made a legitimate offer that was rebuffed to report the instance.
After 38 weeks without a job, people looking for one could be compelled to accept 65% of their previous pay or lose benefits.
Hentschel says claimants will not be required to accept an offer for less than the federal minimum wage.
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