I have been receiving unemployment
from the State of TN since the week beginning 1/11/10.
I have filed for weekly benefits since the week of 1/18/11. My weekly benefit after taxes is $247/week since the $25/week stimulous money was cut off around 12/11/10.
I received the following letter today that was dated 02/15/2011:
"Claimant has not been paid wages
for insured work performed after the establishment of the previous benefit year in an amount equal to at least five (5) times the weekly benefit amount in the preceding benefit year. Claimant is ineligible for failure to meet conditions set forth in TCA 50-7-302.
Appeal Rights: Interested parties have the right to appeal this decision within 15 calendar days of date mailed. If State offices are closed on the final day, the next business day is the deadline. Late appeals will only be allowed if you can show, in a hearing, that you had good cause. File the appeal by mail to TDLWD, Appeals Tribunal, 220 French Landing Drive, Nashville, TNNNN-NN-NNNNor by fax to (XXX) XXX-XXXX. The Claimant's social security number must appear on all documents. The guide for receiving UI Benefits and the Employer's Handbook
contain additional information. The claimant must certify weekly to remain eligible for benefits should filing an appeal result in approval. You may be represented by an attorney or assisted by any other representatives you choose. If you cannot afford an attorney, free or low cost legal assistance may be available through your local legal services organization or bar association. We cannot provide an attorney for you."
The only money I received since filing for unemployment was just under $1,800 for back vacation pay around April 2010. I was asked about this money by the employment person that renewed by file when I extended my benefits in late January 2011 and told them it was back vacation pay. I have filed every week that I was eligible and received no other compensation.
I know I need to continue filing for my weekly unemployment certification until I find a job and/or this matter gets resolved, but what does this mean? What is your advise on handling this situation?