Florida Unemployment Benefit Questions

Can I cancel a claim that I have just filed? If so, what must I do to request that the claim be cancelled?

You can cancel a claim within 20 days of the date that your claim was determined, provided you have not received any monetary benefits.

Once a claim has been cancelled, it cannot be reinstated.

To cancel the claim, you must request the cancellation by writing or faxing a letter to:

Department of Economic Opportunity

Special Payments Unit

P.O. Drawer 5350

Tallahassee, FL 32314-5350

Fax: (850) 921-3938

In your letter, you must state the reason why you want to cancel the claim. The letter must contain your Social Security Number and your signature.

Where did you get the information that I worked while receiving benefits?

The Department of Economic Opportunity has partnerships with the State and National Directories of New Hires that provide information regarding an individuals’ employment status. In addition, benefit payments are compared to wage records reported by employers to the Florida Department of Revenue.  We also receive tips from the public and from employers in response to periodic notices the agency mails.

I am unemployed. How can I pay back this money owed?

If you are presently unemployed through no fault of your own, you may file a re-employment assistance claim and a determination will be made concerning your eligibility. If you are determined eligible, the weeks that you claim will be used to repay your overpayment first.  If you have benefits available on your claim once the overpayment is repaid, you may receive those benefits if you are still unemployed.

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  1. I need knee replacement, both knees, and my employer does not have health insurance or any other benefits. Will I be able to apply for unemployment while I am out for these surgeries and recovery period. I do not know how long that will be, usually it is 12 weeks from the surgery to the end of recovery per knee. I am not even sure that I can apply for FMLA since this employer has less that 25 employees and doesn’t offer benefits of any kind.

    1. Angela,

      Unfortunately, UI benefits are only provided to claimants who are able to and available for work. If the health condition is related to work conditions, please explore options under Workers comp. benefits.

  2. I lost my job in March and was approved for unemployment benefits since April 5,2021 it is now August 26,2021 and I still have not received any thing I have been unable to work due to COVID-19 and having a sick child I am a single mother of 6 and I always work and take care of my bills but since I haven’t received any thing from unemployment which I was approved for benefits but it’s a error that keep disqualify me from my claimed weeks which I keep claiming my weeks since April 5 but I can’t get thru to Boone on the unemployment hotline can someone please help me a stir me in the right direction can me and my family have been evicted from our house and we are about to lose our vehicle if I don’t receive any payment or speak to someone…

    1. Sheika,

      I can understand your situation. There will be a delay considering the number of applications that are being processed. Please continue chasing the office/check your status online at regular intervals until payments normalize.

  3. received unemployment for 5 weeks today . Only received one $600.00 reemployment amount with it. Will the other 4 weeks of $600.00 still be coming ? Or will my next check have one?

  4. I went online to claim. It said because I had a claim 6 years ago .I’m in the system. What’s my pin? I don’t remember where I left my coffee 5 minutes ago. So when I hit it the response is..I’m sorry we have no info on you. Call this number that says we are to busy to take your call and they hang up. I have no income at this time to even buy toilet paper if I find it ! 2 other girls at work said they were locked out online. Let’s fix this online glitch.

  5. My job is having a temporary furlough, they offered to pay 25% of my pay if I volunteer for this furlough for 3 months, will I still be eligible for unemployment and does that 25% come out of the weekly amount I would receive?

  6. I have worked part time for the same company for almost 11 years in which I have always had a set schedule I worked 10 to 7 for 6 years 8 to 5 for 5 years and was approved for changing availablity from 830 to 2 for almost 4 months though now all of a sudden my hours are being cut to only 4 a week I have never been wrote up not ever had a bad evaluation with this company to now be cut to 4 hours a week would I be eligible for unemployment?

  7. I claimed my first 2 weeks this morning. How long before the deposit goes through? I am in FL. Direct deposit is already set up just wondering once you claim how long for payment?

    1. Mary,

      The ‘waiting week’ is typically for 7-10 days after which your payments will normalize as per the timelines.

      1. I was unemployed on july 3 right before the holidays and left for my out of country vacation. I was unable to apply til my return on july 15 but my first week of unemployment was the week of july 8 can this be fixed? i tried calling but its a 2+ hour old with no virtual hold option available in the prompts.

        I also want to know if i get offered a job, will my benefits go away once i get an offer? most employers hiring process takes 2-3 weeks before start date. Will i still be paid unemployment for those weeks im not working waiting for the job offer start date?

        1. Daniela,

          Firstly, you can go ahead and directly apply without calling the office. Applying a few weeks late should be fine. Secondly, weekly payments stop only when you stop applying. For more clarification on the time gap between joining, please call the Claims Center.

    2. My wife and I were residents of Florida. She took a position in Denver, Colorado which required relocation. My last day of work in Florida was November 22nd, 2019 in order for me to accompany my family. Am I eligible for benefits.

      1. Mark,

        In some states, you can be eligible as a trailing spouse. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  8. My place of employment is closing. I have worked there for 10 years. I will receive severance package for 8 weeks. Would I be eligible for unemployment benefits? I do draw some Social Security benefits.

    1. I was arrested and received a judgment against me. Which made me disqualified from employment with most providers regulated by the Dept. under Fla. Law. I was told I was guilty until I proved myself other wise. I was also told I remain not elglble for employment until the final court disposition to the Department’s Background Screening Unit has been reviewed. Can I apply for unemployment under these circumstances.

      1. Since the proceedings of the case are still underway, I am not sure if you qualify for UI benefits. Please call the Unemployment Office for assistance.

  9. I resigned from my job. I have copd and degenerated back problems. I’ve filled for disabilty. Can I apply for temporary unemployment

    1. Diana,

      Unemployment Insurance benefits are only extended to claimants who’re able and available for work. Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for more information.

  10. I started a new claim a few weeks ago, it said eligible up until today where it said distributed. I am set up for direct deposit and it is not in my account. Does this take a day or two after the distributed date to reflect in my account or do I have to wait a additional week?

  11. if i file for unemployment then move out of state during or after the waiting period will that effect my claim?

    1. Nani,

      To qualify, the claimant is required to have active employment and earnings during the “Base Period”. Please contact the Unemployment Office in your state.

  12. my claim was set to inactive. how do we know why? I have been logging in every few days and entering my benefit requests on time?

    1. Sharon,

      Please note this is a private website and we do not have access to your claim. Please call the Claims Center and discuss with a representative.

  13. If I file for unemployment and my previous employer paid for my school, will unemployment assist with school payments?

    1. Kat,

      Unemployment insurance is purely a weekly monetary benefit which takes into account, your previous earnings only.

  14. My claim says it has a pending issue and is in a justification to keep claiming weeks. Also I was sent information that 40 % of the unemployment will go to child support but then the payment status says hold. What is going on? I claimed the weeks done the job search I have not received a denial or approval nothing!!

    1. George,

      Please note this is a private forum. If you have claim-related questions, please reach out to the Unemployment Office.

  15. I am working in a very hostile work environment, and may not be able to remain employed there. Am I eligible for unemployment if I leave the job for the reason of hostile workplace and discrimination/harassment?

    1. Tina,

      You can quit and claim UI benefits under hostile working conditions. Make sure to keep supporting documents handy in case of a dispute.

  16. I am currently receiving unemployment benefits and start a new job next week which I am very uncertain about, but am taking because of lack of other opportunities. IF I start and do not stay after several days, am I still able to receive my current unemployment benefits?

    Thank you

    1. Herb,

      I am guessing you should be able to claim until the employment starts. Please call the Claims Center for clarification.

  17. my employer laid me off, they are a religious organization and says they did contribute to the florida unemployment. is that allowwed and therefore i cant apply for benefits.

    1. Jeff,

      If they “did” contribute, you should be able to claim UI benefits. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  18. I would like to resign from my company. We get paid every two weeks. The company is in a bad way. We are losing clients rapidly. Our paycheck for Nov 15th was not received until Nov 17th. Our Human resource person resigned on Nov 17th. The funds used to pay us came from somewhere else. Our bookkeeper has also resigned. Our manager has resigned. We have a skeleton crew of 6 people. I know we will not be paid on Nov. 30th and I really do not want to work for no pay. I am actively searching for a job, but unfortunately nothing has come my way. Based on this information would I be able to resign and collect unemployment benefits?

    1. Nancy,

      You should be eligible for full or partial UI benefits. Please call the Unemployment Office in your state to ascertain eligibility before making a choice.

  19. I’ve been collecting unemployment because I was laid off because of Hurricane Irma. I’ve collected my first 2 weeks but now two weeks after it says my money is on hold. Any idea what that means?

      1. I recently checked my unemployment and it said money was deposited, 3 days away how is that possible, and what does that mean?

        1. Carlos,

          It might credit your account anytime now. For clarification, please call the Unemployment Office.

  20. I recently resigned from my job for 2 different reasons. 1st was I had a job offer with better opportunities and hours, 2. My son is struggling through high school and to me its important to make sure he gets through this last year an a half of school and being at work at 430am every morning I wasn’t able to get him going as a result late to school missed the bus and not succeeding,Im the only parent he has, his father passed away last year. I accepted a job that would allow me to be a parent and still bring in income , Unfortunately the job never fell through. I’m currently seeking employment but would I be eligible for unemployment from my original job? I don’t know much about this so I’m inquiring

  21. I recently did my first unemployment claim but I didn’t put that I was working for that period of time… I will receive my first pay check tomorrow.. I was planning on calling tomorrow as soon as they open. Are there any repercussions?

    1. Nelson,

      Don’t worry much. Please inform the Claims Center ASAP and if need be, you will be required to return the payment.

  22. Does unemployment pay for the weeks it takes to determine eligibility. I have been out of work since September and filed for unemployment for 10/01. Will I get money for 10/1 – determination?

    1. Scott,

      This week is considered as the “Waiting Period” and the claim payment begins after this period. Please call the Claims Centre for further details.

  23. I was self employed for 16 years. Recently moved from FL to NY due to husband’s job.
    The self employment was I was in practice as a mental health counselor and the business
    was owned by my husband and myself. Can I file for unemployment in FL?

  24. I have worked for my employer for three years ,two of which I have been his office manager and Nurse. I recently found out that my employer may merge with another doctor and expects me to become the other doctors employee and receive my paychecks from this other doctor and also take a pay deduction. My boss never discussed this with me until 6 days prior to the move and merge and I dont even know this doctor or where the office is located. The reason my boss is doing this is because he is going under financially and closing his private practice. My question is Am I eligible to draw unemployment since my boss is closing his practice and I won’t officially be employed by him. ? I have not agreed to work for the other doctor whom I don’t even know or met!!!!

    1. Debra,

      If your employer paid unemployment taxes into the system and you’re asked to leave due to involuntary reasons, you should be able to claim.

  25. I have been displaced by Hurricane Irma. I do not have a permanent address so I opted for the net spend direct deposit which i have been with for over 2 years. Benefits is now saying it does not accept Net Spend cards! How do i collect when i am homless!!!

  26. If you are married and relocating to another state for employment, can your spouse collect unemployment if he/she follows? The move is from Florida to Texas.

    1. You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  27. If a company purchases the current company that you work for and the new owner fires you within 90 days of taking over can you collect unemployment benefits

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