The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity ("DEO") administers Florida's Reemployment Assistance Program. The Reemployment Assistance Program provides temporary, partial wage replacement benefits to qualified workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own.
Effective July 1, 2012 the Florida Unemployment Compensation Program was renamed the Reemployment Assistance Program. The Unemployment Appeals Commission was also renamed the Reemployment Assistance Appeals Commission. The renaming of the program emphasizes the job search activities and reemployment services offered by Florida's workforce partners to jobless claimants receiving benefits. However, the changing of the name of the program does NOT change access to benefits or benefits provided by the State of Florida or the federal government.
In order to qualify for unemployment compensation benefits, you must:
Some reasons a person may be denied unemployment benefits are:
A person who files a claim for unemployment compensation benefits is called a "claimant." After the claimant files a claim with the DEO the DEO initially determines whether the claimant has sufficient work and earnings to be monetarily eligible for a claim under Florida law. If the claimant has sufficient earnings to be monetarily entitled to a claim, the DEO investigates the reason the claimant is unemployed. An employer has the right to contest an employee's entitlement to benefits and the DEO may find that the claimant is disqualified from recovering benefits for reasons set forth above.
A claimant who is denied unemployment compensation benefits has the right to appeal the DEO determination and participate in a hearing before an appeals referee. At the appeals hearing a party has the right to:
Appeals with the DEO are time sensitive and the employment law attorney at J. Allen Law, PL assists employees with the DEO's appeal process. If you have been wrongfully denied unemployment benefits, contact our office today to schedule your confidential legal consultation. You may call us at (407) 205-2330 or fill out the online form located at the top of this page and our highly experienced Unemployment Claims Lawyer in Orlando and Tampa will contact you shortly.
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