Tennessee enforces new unemployment benefits requirements
NASHVILLE, Tn. - Tennessee labor officials have begun enforcing new unemployment requirements passed by the legislature.
Under the new rules, the longer a person is jobless, the less salary he or she can refuse and still keep unemployment benefits.
After 13 weeks, people offered jobs at 75% of their previous salary could lose benefits for not accepting it.
After 38 weeks without a job, people looking for one could be compelled to accept 65% of their previous pay or lose benefits.
A spokesman for the state says the law encourages employers who made a legitimate offer that was rebuffed to report the instance.