About 800 Lose Unemployment Benefits Under New Law

New, tougher work search requirements haven’t resulted in many jobless Tennesseans being kicked off unemployment yet, reports The Tennessean.
Fewer than 800 people have lost their benefits because they did not look for work or provided no evidence that they did so as required, according to figures from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. That’s just 6 percent of the more than 13,000 verification checks the agency has done in the past three months.
Supporters are calling the effort an early success despite the low violation rate, citing state estimates that it has saved taxpayers at least $185,000 so far.
“They’re changing their behavior because of the law, and that’s a good thing,” said Jim Brown, Tennessee director of the National Federation of Independent Business. “We’re making progress.”
It and other business groups pushed for the work search rule and other jobless-aid restrictions last year, saying changes were needed to improve accountability and combat fraud and abuse. Tennessee legislators and Gov. Bill Haslam agreed, enacting several measures that tightened eligibility criteria.

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