This Article and video explains how to apply for unemployment benefits in Florida
Under Florida Unemployment Law, eligible employees are entitled to receive unemployment benefits for up to 6 months (unless congressionally extended). The maximum amount is $275 per week.
Benefits are applied for online. To apply for benefits the unemployed employee can go to Floridajobs.org. The on-line application process takes about 30 -50 minutes to complete.
Once the application is completed, you will get a confirmation number. With that, you will be given instructions as to how to claim your weeks of unemployment. To be eligible for unemployment benefits, you need to have completed a certain number of qualifying credits (usually by having worked at least one quarter), be willing and able to work, and not have lost your job as a result of misconduct or voluntarily resigned.
Once you complete the process, the agency for workforce inovation, (now known as Florida Department of Economic Opportunity) will make an initial determination as to whether you are eligible for benefits based on the above criteria.
If you get an initial adverse decision, you have twenty days to appeal that decision. The appeal process includes having a phone hearing where you present your evidence.
At any step in the process, our experienced attorneys can help.