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Florida Unemployment Eligibility

The Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation is liable for managing the state’s unemployment insurance fund. As per the Florida Unemployment Compensation Law, an applicant’s eligibility depends on his work earnings history, his capability to keep seeking available work while collecting benefits and his reason for joblessness. Suitable claimants must file biweekly claims to keep on collecting unemployment benefits.

Monetary Eligibility

To establish a monetarily eligible reemployment assistance claim, a person must have worked and earned wages during a specified period of time called the base period (first four quarters of the previous five completed quarters prior to filing a claim).

To be eligible monetarily, a person must:

  • Have been paid wages in two or more calendar quarters in the base period;
  • Have total base period wages of at least 1-1/2 times the wages in the quarter having the highest earnings;
  • Have at least $3,400 total wages in the base period.

This calculation is automatically done at the time you file your claim.

Non-Monetary Eligibility

Once your claim is determined to be monetarily eligible and you have claimed weeks, your non-monetary eligibility must be determined before any benefits will be paid to you.

Below is a general description of the issues which can affect your claim:

  1. You were discharged (fired), you quit, or you are on a suspension or leave of absence from your last employer or other recent employers.
  2. You are a school employee and you are not working because you are between terms or on a vacation or holiday.
  3. You are unable or unavailable to work or to accept work or you are not looking for work or you have failed to report five contacts with prospective employers for work during a claim week..
  4. You are currently attending school or training.
  5. You are currently self-employed.
  6. You are obtaining payments of some kind from a recent employer.
  7. You refused a suitable job offer or you refused a referral from the One-Stop Career Center to a suitable job.
  8. You failed to participate in Reemployment Services scheduled at the One-Stop Career Center.
  9. You failed to complete the initial skills review on the Internet.

Eligibility Questions

I was fired from my last job. Will I be considered eligible?

In case you are fired for a reason like you were not good at the job or you did not have the skills to carry out the job, you must be able to receive benefits. But in Florida, employees who are fired for misconduct related to work may not be eligible for jobless benefits. Misconduct is defined as an intentional or controllable act (or failure to act) that shows a planned disregard of the employer’s interests. An employee who is fired for the following reasons will usually meet the criteria for benefits.

  • carelessness,
  • performance problems,
  • inefficiency or
  • good faith errors in judgement.

My employer is laying me off due to monetary crisis. Can I avail UC?

Usually, in Florida you have to have to have lost your job through no mistake of your own so as to collect unemployment. When you get jobless, it is not your fault. In nearly all cases, this means that if you get out of work, you are qualified to receive unemployment benefits. If you get laid-off from your job, you must instantly apply for unemployment benefits. Getting laid-off doesn’t mean that you were fired. Getting laid-off doesn’t mean that you did something incorrect. Getting laid-off means that the company you worked for did not have enough work for you to do, and could no longer afford to pay you for your job.

Will quitting a job affect my eligibility?

In case you quit your job, you won’t be entitled for unemployment unless you had a good reason for doing so related to your work or a personal illness or disability. In case you left your job because your spouse was transferred by the military, you will remain entitled for benefits. And if you left a temporary job since you were recalled by your permanent employing unit within 6 months after termination, you will qualify for benefits. Following causes may also be accepted by the law :

  • Cause attributable to the employer
  • Accept other work,
  • Relocate,
  • Care for a family member,
  • Distance to work,
  • Unhappy with the job

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Questions & Answers

  1. D Cooper says:

    I am affected by a reduction in force starting 3/13/2015. On 3/15/2015 i will be moving to South Carolina. Where should i file for Unemployment Florida or South Carolina? I have worked in Folirda for the same company for the past 3 years.

  2. Jodi says:

    I am currently working for a contractor for a big company as a computer programmer for 40 hours a week (full-time). we were told today that the big company is letting us go due to budget constraints and my last day is tomorrow. I was employed with the contracting agency doing work for the big company that we were contracted to for 6 months. Question #1 – am I eligible for benefits? question #2 – If I work 10 hours a week for another company as a consultant am I eligible for benefits because of losing my main position with the big company?

    • Adrian says:

      Generally,some types of contractual employment do not qualify.Please call the customer service of the labor dept in your state to get further advice on this.

  3. jenny says:

    I have worked for a company only2 months and they just announce they are closing the store Am I eligible for benefits

  4. Barbara says:

    I was let go from my position because I was working in a hostile work environment being intimidated and bullied by my supervisor I am assuming due to my age. She gave me very bad evaluations on my work performance which was all fabrication on her part. I have filed numerous grievances with the H.R. Dept. on the supervisor and they all agreed with the supervisor. I was left to continue to work in the hostile work environment. Would I be eligible for unemployment

    • Adrian says:

      You can definitely consider applying for UI benefits in your state.

      If there is a dispute,you must be able to prove.

  5. Cathy says:

    My employment is closing for 2 weeks and is not paying us. Are we eligible for unemployment for the 2 weeks that we are closed?

  6. joe parisi says:

    does Florida have AN ALTERNATE BASE PERIOD

    • Adrian says:

      The only base period Florida uses is the first 4 quarters of the last 5 quarters worked. Not sure if they follow the concept of alternate base period.

      Please call the customer service of the labor dept for more information.

  7. Shaggy says:

    I was suspended due to what they called an safety concern. I accidently hit another forklift and they suspended me for 5 days then terminated my employment stating it was a safety concern. I don’t agree with it and I can’t afford an attorney to fight it. Will I be eligiable for unemployment after being employed for over a year?

  8. mark says:

    Can you file for unemployment if you was on federal workers compensation and release and are still disable and can not work

    • Adrian says:

      I assume you were drawing benefits from Workers comp as you were unable to work due to a health condition.

      UI is only provided to those who are fit to work but are out of work.

  9. Moses says:

    If was terminated before the end of my 90 day probationary period due to not having the required skills to perform the job properly, am I eligble for benefits

  10. Nancy says:

    If I quit my job because the work atmosphere between employees and even the manager was so tense it was causing me to be psychically ill, would i be eligible for benefits?

  11. Garfield Jugar says:

    I currently have two semesters in School remaining before my Bachelors. I am a Math Education Major and my main courses are offered in the fall. I have 17 credits remaining and I have to take then in order to student teach in the spring semester. I won’t be able to maintain a full time job throughout the two semesters because I will be attending school full time; however, I will be working part time at the University as a student assistance. I am currently employed as a Customer Service Supervisor and I have been employed for 5 years and 4 months. Would I still be eligible If I resign when the fall semester starts?

    • Adrian says:

      If you’re schooling full time,you may not be eligible for UI benefits.

      Please check with the labor dept in your state.

  12. SGairrett says:

    I am leaving the military soon and plan to go to school (maybe part time) and work too. It says here if you are in school that you cannot get benefits? How and why is that? If I’m unemployed and need to work too as well as school (parents not gonna help me as Im way too old and they’re broke in their 60s still working). How am I not unemployed just because I’m trying to further myself ON TOP of working?

    • Adrian says:

      First of all, military men have special rules when it comes to applying for UI. Please check with the labor dept in your state.

      Secondly,some types of schooling are exceptional.

  13. sukie says:

    If i was fired due to they went with an answering service and they did not need me will i qualify

  14. Nancy Rodriguez says:

    My employer just took away my full time hours and changed me to 25 hr week and took away my benefits after 16 years. If i quit am i eligible for unemployment

  15. Gary says:

    I was fired from my job of 15+ years and told I had a bad attitude Will that keep me from getting Benefits?

  16. Reggie says:

    Several people including myself were given RIF notices, due to the lack of contracts. We were given a 30 day notice that takes us out to the 31 of this month, which is our projected last day. Can we file prior to being released or is there a way to register for assistance (without receiving it of course until we are no longer gainfully employed)?

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