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The state of Florida (FluidNow.com) has its own requirements for unemployment benefits. To be able to establish if one is eligible to receive unemployment benefits compensation, one must have performed tasks and earned wages for at least the first four quarters of the previous five completed quarters before filing for the unemployment benefits claim. This is the time frame that is referred to as the base period and which is subject to change every three months as from January.
Qualification for monetary consideration in Florida
To be considered as having qualified for a monetary consideration (read unemployment benefits), there are a number of factors that must be fulfilled. You must have received payment for the last two or more calendar quarters in the base period, must have a at least a cumulative total base period wages of not less than one and half times the wages in the quarter with the most earnings. One must also have at least $3,500 total wages in the base period and this computation must be performed by default at the time of filing your unemployment claim.
Eligibility Requirements for unemployment requirements in Florida
After the issuance of monetary determination, the reason for the separation from the last employer is put under review in an effort to determine eligibility for unemployment benefits. One of the reasons that may affect your eligibility is the fact that you have not earned 17 times your weekly unemployment benefits amount on the last job that you worked. The other reason may be the reason for your separation from your employer. A person can only receive benefits if one lost the job through no fault of their own.
One can receive unemployment benefits if one was discharged for other reasons other than gross misconduct. Within this context, misconduct does not include inefficiency, ordinary negligence or inadvertencies, good faith errors in judgment or in exercising discretion and failure to take action. In circumstances where one quits voluntarily, one is ineligible to receive benefits unless one can show just cause for leaving. These reasons may either be as a result of disability or illness, another permanent job offer within 6 months of temporary dismissal, the military transfer of a spouse or as a result of a cause that can be attributed to the employer.
An individual applying for these benefits must be available to work and must be seen to be actively looking for employment to be eligible to claim unemployment compensation benefits in Florida. An individual must keep records of all work search contacts while one is receiving the unemployment benefits.
At any time during the claim series, one will be be sent an eligibility review notice which must be completed and returned to the state unemployment office shown in the page of the AWI Form UCB-231. If there is any additional information that is required, you will be contacted by the unemployment office but it is always advisable that you include a job search form when submitting the aforementioned form.
Requirements before you can file for unemployment benefits
In the state of Florida you will be required to provide your social security number, names address as well as contact of your employers all the way back to the 10/1/2007, dates worked as well as gross earnings from each employer, Earnings of the last week as of 1201 Hrs Sunday for those who worked this week, Voter registration number, State ID card number, Driver’s license or any other ID that will help in verifying your identity. For those who got jobs through a union, you will be required to provide the local contact details of your Labor Union Hall, an Alien Registration Number as well as work permit expiration date for non citizens. If you were in active military duty within the last two years you will need to furnish some information from your member number 4 DD-214. You will however not be eligible to receive these payments unless your official military discharge date is shown on the aforementioned form. If you were a federal employee within the last two years, you must furnish information through the SF-8 or SF-50 forms as well as W-2 earnings or check stubs. If you desire to receive direct deposit to your bank account, you will need to show one of your deposit slips or checks.
The Law of Florida provides inter alia that the making of false statements intentionally in an effort to secure or result in an increase of the unemployment benefits amounts to a third degree felony which is punishable by a jail term of up to five years or a fine of up to $5,000 or a combination of both. For every week of claimed benefits, this amounts to a separate offense. The giving of false information or false Social Security Number when applying for unemployment can lead to your being arrested for fraud.
It is generally accepted that the best way that you can file a claim in the state of Florida is online or via telephone. To get the current standing of these claims, read the article titled Unemployment Benefits 2012.
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