Filing an Unemployment Claim - Florida

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You must be totally or partially unemployed through no fault of your own, and you must have earned sufficient wages in your base period (the first 4 of the last 5 completed calendar quarters before the start date of your claim). Finally, you must be able and available for full-time work.

To calculate your weekly benefit amount, use the quarter in the base period with your highest earnings and divide the earnings by 26. This number is your weekly benefit amount. The minimum weekly benefit amount is $32 and the maximum weekly benefit amount is $275.

You will continue to receive Reemployment Assistance for up to 12 weeks.

You must continue to file bi-weekly (every 2 weeks). Also, you must continue to be able and available for full-time work. You must actively seek employment, while keeping a record of your work search activities. To be actively seeking work, you must contact at least 5 employers each week you file for benefits (or, if you are not able to do so, you can meet with a representative at a local One-Stop Career Center). You must also complete an online skills review. Finally, you must accept suitable work.

You must appeal within 20 calendar days from the date the decision was mailed to you. Your appeal may be submitted online, or by email, mail or fax using the Notice of Appeal form. Also, you must keep filing your weekly claims regularly because you will only be paid for weeks you filed if you win your appeal.

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Madeline Messa

Madeline Messa is a 3L at Syracuse University College of Law. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in journalism. With her legal research and writing for Workplace Fairness, she strives to equip people with the information they need to be their own best advocate.