July 25, 2014

Effective July 1, 2014, completion of the Initial Skills Review (ISR) is voluntary and no longer required for Reemployment Assistance eligibility.

During the 2014 Legislative Session, the provisions of law relating to the ISR were amended to repeal the definition of the ISR and the requirement that it must be completed as a condition of reporting on one’s claim.
 
While the ISR is no longer a requirement, claimants may still complete a skills assessment on a voluntary basis.  The assessment serves to identify an individual’s skills, abilities, and career aptitude.

For claim weeks ending after July 1, 2014, claimants are no longer required to complete the ISR prior to completing their continued claim.
 
All individuals requesting benefit payments for weeks of unemployment ending on or before June 28, 2014 are required by s. 443.091(1)(c), F.S., to complete the Initial Skills Review before their first request for benefit payments, unless they are exempted by law from this requirement.  The exemptions include, but are not limited to, individuals who are illiterate, physically or mentally impaired, or legally prohibited from using a computer or have a language impediment.  The term ‘illiterate’ encompasses those individuals who do not know how to use a computer as well as those individuals who are unable to read or write.

INDIVIDUALS NOT REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE INITIAL SKILLS REVIEW:

  • Individuals filing new claims for benefits on June 29, 2014 or later.
  • Individuals who filed a new claim prior to June 29, 2014 but have not claimed and will not claim any weeks prior to the week ending July 5, 2014.

Individuals are encouraged to voluntarily complete the skills assessment.  By completing the assessment, local CareerSource centers may be better able to evaluate reemployment services and training opportunities available to individuals, which may improve their opportunities for a new job.

Background
 
In 2011, the Florida Legislature enacted a provision in s. 443.091(1), F.S., which required a claimant, unless exempted by law, to complete an Initial Skills Review as a requirement of making a continued claim for benefits. The ISR was never intended to create a barrier for those seeking reemployment assistance benefits. It is simply a way to determine the skill sets a job seeker currently possess and identify areas where additional training may be beneficial to reemployment.
 
The initial skills review (ISR) is provided by Worldwide Interactive Network, Inc. (WIN) for Florida Ready to Work certification as provided in s. 445.06(1), F.S.  The skills review is available in English, Spanish, and Creole. There are exemptions for people who have a language barrier or a disability that prevents them from completing the online review.
 

 


 

May 30, 2014

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Update 

Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) has been made available to one additional Florida county included in the federal declaration for Individual Assistance – Jackson.

To file a DUA claim, call 1-800-681-8102. Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.

http://www.floridajobs.org/news-center/news-feed/2014/05/13/update-two-additional-counties-approved-for-federal-disaster-unemployment-assistance

http://www.floridajobs.org/news-center/news-feed/2014/05/09/disaster-unemployment-assistance-available-to-escambia-and-santa-rosa-counties

 


 

May 19, 2014

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Update

Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) has been made available to four Florida counties included in the federal declaration for Individual Assistance – Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton.

To file a DUA claim, call 1-800-681-8102. Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.

http://www.floridajobs.org/news-center/news-feed/2014/05/13/update-two-additional-counties-approved-for-federal-disaster-unemployment-assistance 

http://www.floridajobs.org/news-center/news-feed/2014/05/09/disaster-unemployment-assistance-available-to-escambia-and-santa-rosa-counties 

  

January 16, 2014

IMPORTANT: The 1099-G tax forms, “Certain Government Payments,” for calendar year 2013 will be made available by January 31, 2014. Please be advised if your 2013 1099-G is not currently available, it will be distributed by January 31, 2014.

http://www.floridajobs.org/job-seekers-community-services/reemployment-assistance-center/reprint-tax-forms

 


December 20, 2013

Duration of Benefits for all new claims filed in 2014 - For all new claims effective January 1,  through December 31, 2014, the duration of benefits will be 16 weeks, which is adjusted from the current maximum of 19 weeks.  This is based upon the seasonally adjusted average total unemployment rate in Florida for the three months ending September 30 of the year prior to the filing date of the claim as required by section 443.111(5), Florida Statutes. 

The maximum weekly benefit amount (WBA) remains at $275.

The Department of Economic Opportunity’s Labor Market Statistics Program determined that the average unemployment rate in Florida during the quarter ending September 30, 2013 was 7.0 percent.  Because of this determination, the maximum available credits for claims established in 2014 are lowered from $5,225 to $4,400 ($275 Max WBA X 16 weeks).

The calculation of an individual’s monetary entitlement remains the same.  The weekly benefit amount is equal to one twenty-sixth of the high quarter wages but cannot exceed $275 and the available credits are 25 percent of the total base period wages but cannot exceed $4,400.


December 13, 2013

IMPORTANT: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Is Ending

The last week to receive Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits is the week ending December 28, 2013.

Pursuant to Federal Law, the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program is scheduled to end nationwide January 1, 2014. No new EUC claims can be accepted after the week beginning December 22, 2013. The last week an individual can receive EUC benefits under any tier is the week ending December 28, 2013.

There is no “phase-out” period for EUC and all EUC payments will cease with the payment of the week ending December 28, 2013 regardless of any benefits remaining in the account of any individual claim.

The EUC program is 100 percent federally funded. Available since July 2008, EUC provides a temporary extension of benefits to individuals who have exhausted regular state benefits. If the federal government extends the program beyond week ending December 28, 2013, information will be posted to our website and all potentially eligible individuals will be notified. For more information, please visit www.floridajobs.org, www.dol.gov or call the Florida Reemployment Assistance Contact Center at 1-800-204-2418.


December 6, 2013

Florida Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Program Tier 3 (III) is Ending

By federal law, the Department of Economic Opportunity is authorized to pay Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Tier III benefits only for as long as Florida remains triggered “on” an EUC Tier III period. The availability of EUC Tier III benefits to a state is determined by the state’s average total unemployment rate.

We have been advised by the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) that based on data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on November 22, 2013, the three month average, seasonally adjusted total unemployment rate for Florida fell below the 7.0 percent trigger threshold required to remain "on" EUC Tier III. 

As a result, new entitlement to EUC Tier III cannot be established unless an individual has exhausted all EUC Tier II benefits prior to the week ending December 14, 2013. Individuals receiving EUC Tier II benefits for any week after the week ending December 7, 2013 will not be able to receive Tier III benefits.  Individuals currently receiving EUC Tier III will be entitled to further EUC benefits after the week ending December 14, 2013.

All benefit payments under the EUC program are currently scheduled to end on December 28, 2013, regardless of any benefits remaining in an individual’s account at that time. For more information about these benefits, please visit www.floridajobs.org or call DEO’s Reemployment Assistance Contact Center hotline at (800) 204-2418.


September 23, 2013

PERIOD OF SEQUESTRATION REDUCTIONS TO EMERGENCY UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION TIER III ENTITLEMENT RECENTLY EXTENDED

In the coming weeks, Floridians receiving, or eligible to receive, Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Tier III benefits will be affected by federally mandated budget cuts known as sequestration.

As a result of sequestration, the U.S. Department of Labor is requiring a reduction of EUC payments between May 26, 2013 and October 19, 2013. In order to comply with this federal mandate, Florida is required to reduce benefits for any EUC Tier III claim established for any week prior to October 19, 2013 by four weeks.

  • Individuals who have not yet established entitlement to EUC Tier III benefits but do so for any week prior to October 20, 2013 will be mailed a determination of entitlement reflecting the amount of EUC Tier III benefits payable that is  equal to  three weeks or 15.79 percent of their regular state claim entitlement, whichever is less.
  • Individuals who have not yet established entitlement to EUC Tier III benefits but who do so beginning on or after October 20, 2013, will be mailed a determination of EUC Tier III entitlement reflecting the amount of the benefits payable equal to seven weeks or 35 percent of their regular state claim entitlement, whichever is less.

Please note that the EUC program, which is provided through federal law, will end with the week ending December 28, 2013.  No EUC benefits will be paid for any week after December 28, 2013, regardless of any benefits that may be remaining on your claim.

Since December 2010, Florida has made great economic strides resulting in fewer families relying on EUC TIER III benefits as the unemployment rate continues to fall.  Nonetheless, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) realizes that the federal government’s mandate will negatively affect some Florida families who are still struggling to recover from the recession.  Unless there is additional or different direction from the federal government, DEO is required to make this change.


 

June 27, 2013

OVERVIEW OF REEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM LAW CHANGES EFFECTIVE MAY 17, 2013

 

New state legislation enacted into law contains provisions relating to the Reemployment Assistance Program.  House Bill 7007 (Chapter 2013-39, Laws of Florida) became effective May 17, 2013 and amends the Reemployment Assistance Program Law (Chapter 443, Florida Statutes) in the following manner.
 
The definition of misconduct was updated to provide that misconduct includes but is not limited to:  

  • Willful damage to an employer’s property that results in damage of more than $50.
  • Theft of the employer’s property or property of a customer or invitee of the employer.
  • Committing criminal assault or battery on another employee, or on a customer or invitee of the employer.
  • Committing abuse or neglect of a patient, resident, disabled person, elderly person, or child in the claimant’s professional care.

 In addition, an individual can be disqualified when the department finds the claimant’s unemployment is due to a discharge from employment for failure without good cause to maintain a license, registration, or certification required by applicable law necessary for the employee to perform the assigned job duties. “Good cause” includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Failure of the employer to submit information required for a license, registration, or certification.
  • Short-term physical injury which prevents the claimant from completing or taking a required test.
  • The inability to take or complete a required test that is outside the claimant’s control.

 The eligibility conditions for benefits also were updated.

  • Claimants must complete the department’s online work registration unless they are exempt.
  • Exemptions for completion of the online work registration are illiteracy, physically or mentally impaired or legally prohibited from using a computer.  Illiteracy includes individuals who do not know how to use a computer as well as those individuals who are unable to read or write effectively in English and Spanish.
  • A claimant’s proof of work search efforts may not include the same prospective employer at the same location in three consecutive weeks unless the employer has indicated since the time of the initial contact that the employer is hiring. 
  • Work search requirements do not apply to persons required to participate in reemployment services.

The law now requires the department to impose a penalty on fraud overpayments equal to 15 percent of the amount found to be overpaid.

 

May 10, 2013

EMERGENCY UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION TIER III ENTITLEMENT REDUCED BY FEDERAL SEQUESTRATION

As of May 26, 2013, Floridians receiving, or eligible to receive, Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Tier III benefits will be affected by federally mandated budget cuts known as sequestration.

As a result of sequestration, the U.S. Department of Labor is requiring a reduction of EUC payments between May 26 and September 28, 2013. In order to comply with this federal mandate, Florida is required to reduce the EUC remaining entitlement for all EUC Tier III claimants to three weeks or 15.79 percent of their regular state claim entitlement, whichever is less.     

  • Individuals who have already received at least three weeks or 15.79 percent of their regular state claim entitlement, whichever is less, of EUC Tier III by May 26, 2013, will not be entitled to additional benefits unless they qualify for a new regular claim or have eligibility in another state. 
  • Individuals currently claiming EUC Tier III benefits on or after the week ending June 1, 2013, will be mailed a recalculation of the initial EUC Tier III monetary determination. 
  • Individuals who have not yet established entitlement to EUC Tier III benefits but who do so between the week ending June 1, 2013, and the week ending September 28, 2013, will be mailed a determination of entitlement reflecting the amount of benefits payable through the week ending September 28, 2013.

Since December 2010, Florida has made great strides and fewer and fewer families need to rely on EUC Tier III benefits. Nonetheless, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) realizes that the federal government’s mandate will negatively affect some Florida families who are still struggling to recover from the recession. Absent further action at the federal level, however, DEO is required to make this change.

 



February 15, 2013

FULL WORK REGISTRATION COMPLETION REQUIRED PRIOR TO CLAIMING FIRST WEEKS OF REEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE BENEFITS

Effective Friday, February 15, 2013, all individuals filing reemployment assistance claims are required to complete the full work registration requirement prior to claiming their first weeks of benefits. Unless you require special assistance, you must complete the work registration requirement through the Employ Florida Marketplace (EFM) portal located at www.employflorida.com. prior to certifying for your first weeks.  

You may complete the full work registration requirement when filing your initial claim or when certifying for benefits. Completing the full work registration may assist in matching you with jobs, training and other services provided at One-Stop Career Centers.

Failure to complete the full work registration prior to claiming your first weeks may result in a delay or denial of benefits.


January 3, 2013

Important Information on the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program, and Duration of Benefits law changes effective January 1, 2013

On January 2, 2013, federal legislation was signed into law extending for one year the eligibility dates for Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC).

Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) - The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extends the payment of EUC benefits to the week ending December 28, 2013.

Tier I: Unemployed workers currently receiving benefits from their regular state claims have until week ending December 14, 2013 to exhaust their state benefits and establish eligibility for EUC Tier I, which provides additional benefits of 54 percent of their state claims. Individuals will automatically be enrolled in the EUC program upon their exhaustion of their regular state benefits. 

Tiers II or III: Unemployed workers currently receiving benefits on EUC Tiers I or II, can now qualify for the next level of benefits if their current tier is exhausted by the week ending December 21, 2013. EUC Tier II provides 54 percent of an individual’s state claim and Tier III provides 35 percent of the state claim additional benefits.

Those who will exhaust EUC Tiers I or II by the week ending December 21, 2013 will be automatically enrolled in the next level of benefits and can continue certifying for the additional benefits during their regular claim reporting cycle. 

The Department of Economic Opportunity encourages individuals to check their claims online to determine if they have weeks available to claim.

Duration of Benefits for all new claims filed in 2013 - For all claims filed on or after January 1, 2013, the duration of benefits adjusts from the current maximum of 23 to 19 weeks.  This is based upon the seasonally adjustment average total unemployment rate in Florida for the three months ending September 30 of the prior year as required by section 443.111(5), Florida Statutes.

The maximum weekly benefit amount will remain at $275.


November 26, 2012

IMPORTANT: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Is Ending

 

The last week to receive Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits is the week ending December 29, 2012.

Pursuant to Federal Law, effective week ending December 29, 2012, Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits will end nationwide. Claimants receiving regular state benefits have until week ending December 15, 2012 to exhaust those benefits in order to establish entitlement to EUC Tier I benefits. The last week an individual can receive EUC benefits under any tier is the week ending December 29, 2012.

There is no “phase-out” period for EUC and all EUC payments will cease week ending December 29, 2012 regardless of any benefits remaining in the account of any individual claim.

The EUC program is 100 percent federally funded. Available since July 2008, EUC provides a temporary extension of benefits to individuals who have exhausted regular state benefits. If the federal government extends the program beyond week ending December 29, 2012, information will be posted to our website and all potentially eligible individuals will be notified. For more information, please visit www.floridajobs.org, www.dol.gov or call the Florida Reemployment Assistance hotline at 800.204.2418.


October 4, 2012

Treasury Offset Program (TOP)

 

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is implementing the Treasury Offset Program (TOP) to recover outstanding eligible reemployment assistance (formerly known as unemployment compensation) debts that are eligible for recovery through TOP.

One of the largest and most effective tools in collecting delinquent debts for federal and state agencies, TOP is a centralized offset program authorized by federal law and administered by the Financial Management Service (FMS), a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

If you have an eligible reemployment assistance debt with DEO, it will be submitted to TOP.

  • DEO will certify to the U.S. Department of the Treasury if the debts are valid, delinquent and legally enforceable, as well as, ensure that all due process prerequisites have been met.
  • DEO will notify you of its intent to certify eligible debts.
    • 60-Day prior Pre-Certification Notice explaining that the debts will be referred to TOP.
    • If you have evidence that the debt is not past due, not legally enforceable or not the result of unreported earnings, you may submit a written objection to DEO.
    • TOP compares identifying information on federal tax refunds to the debts submitted by DEO.
      • When a match occurs, TOP intercepts or “offsets” all or part of a payee’s eligible federal tax refund.
        • “Offset” is the withholding of funds payable by the U. S. Department of the Treasury to a person to satisfy a debt owed to the federal government or to a particular state.
  • FMS notifies the payee and DEO about the offset.

For questions regarding the offset of a federal tax refund or TOP, please contact the TOP Call Center at 800.304.3107 or TDD: 866.297.0517.


  

June 18, 2012

Important Information on the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Program

 

Florida Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Program Tier 4 (IV) is Ending.

By federal law, the Department of Economic Opportunity is authorized to pay Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Tier IV Benefits only for as long as Florida remains triggered “on” an EUC Tier IV period. The availability of EUC Tier IV benefits to a state is determined by the state’s average total unemployment rate.

As of weekending June 16, 2012, Florida’s unemployment rate has declined below the level needed to extend the availability of EUC Tier IV. As a result of this decline, new entitlement to EUC Tier IV cannot be established unless an individual has exhausted all EUC Tier III benefits by the week ending July 7, 2012. Individuals receiving EUC Tier III benefits for any week after the week ending July 7, 2012 will not be able to receive Tier IV benefits. For more information about these benefits, please visit www.floridajobs.org or call DEO’s unemployment compensation hotline at (800) 204-2418.


June 12, 2012

Renaming of the Unemployment Compensation Program

 

House Bill 7027 passed during the 2012 Legislative Session and was signed by Governor Rick Scott on March 28, 2012, renaming the Unemployment Compensation Program as the Reemployment Assistance Program. The renaming of the program emphasizes the job search activities and reemployment services offered by Florida’s workforce partners to jobless claimants receiving benefits. Florida is the first state in the nation to change Unemployment Compensation to Reemployment Assistance.

 

IMMEDIATE ACTIONS EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2012:

  • The Florida Unemployment Compensation Program will be named the Reemployment Assistance Program.
  • The Unemployment Appeals Commission will be named the Reemployment Assistance Appeals Commission.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Changing the name of the program does NOT change access to benefits or benefits provided by the state of Florida or the federal government.
  • Claimants will still be able to access benefits even if they are unaware of the name change.
  • Claimants will continue to file claims online, at www.floridajobs.org, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • The legislation does not create any additional tiers of benefits.
  • The renaming of the program emphasizes the job search activities and reemployment services offered by Florida’s workforce partners to jobless claimants receiving benefits.

Florida has thousands of openings in the state on the Employ Florida Marketplace where claimants can search for jobs, create a profile and find numerous job search resources. In addition, claimants can receive one-on-one assistance from one of 24 Regional Workforce Boards or nearly 100 One-Stop Career Centers located throughout Florida. More information is available at www.employflorida.com


May 14, 2012

Important Information about the Unemployment Insurance System and Unemployment Insurance fraud

 

 

 


 

April 27, 2012

Important Information on the Extended Benefit (EB) Program

 

Florida Extended Benefits (EB) Program is ending.

To receive benefits under the EB Program you must establish an EB claim no later than May 6, 2012. However,the last week that EB can be paid is May 12, 2012 regardless of any benefits remaining on the claim.

For individuals to continue to receive Extended Benefits (EB), Florida must be triggered “on” an EB period. The EB period is controlled by the average rate of unemployment in Florida. As of the week ending April 21, 2012, Florida’s unemployment rate has declined below the level needed to allow the payment of EB.

EB will remain available for three weeks following April 21, 2012. Florida will pay EB through the week ending May 12, 2012.  New EB claims will continue to be taken through the week beginning May 6, 2012.  No new EB claims can be accepted after the week ending May 12, 2012.

 


 

March 9, 2012

Important Information on the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program, Extended Benefits (EB) program


On February 22, 2012, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, Public Law 112-96, was signed into law, which provides an extension of the eligibility dates for the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program.  

Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC)- The new federal law extends the deadline for establishing eligibility in the EUC program, to the week beginning December 16, 2012. There is no phase-out period contained in the law. The last week payable on the EUC program is the week ending December 29, 2012 regardless of any benefits remaining on the claim. Four tiers of federal EUC benefits currently remain available to eligible beneficiaries:

Tier I: Under this new law, unemployed workers currently receiving benefits from their regular state claims have until week ending December 15, 2012 to exhaust their state benefits and establish eligibility for EUC Tier I, which provides up to an additional 20 weeks of benefits.

Tiers II, III, and IV: Unemployed workers currently receiving benefits on EUC Tiers I, II and III, can now qualify for the next level of benefits if their current tier is exhausted by the week ending December 22, 2012. EUC Tier II provides up to 14 weeks of benefits and Tier III provides up to 13 weeks of additional benefits. Tier IV provides up to 6 (six) additional weeks of benefits.

Those who will exhaust EUC Tiers I, II, and III between now and the week ending December 22, 2012 will be automatically enrolled in the next level of benefits. 

Those who received a final payment notice for regular, EUC Tier I, II or III will be automatically enrolled in the next level of EUC and can begin certifying for the additional benefits during their regular claim reporting cycle.

Please note however, that the last week payable on the EUC program is the week ending December 29, 2012 regardless of any benefits remaining on the claim. 

Customers are encouraged to check their claims online to determine if they have weeks available to claim. 

Extended Benefits (EB) - The federal law effective February 22, 2012 also extends the eligibility period for EB. Florida will continue to pay EB benefits; however the state will likely trigger off of the EB period between April and June, 2012.

Important Facts:

  • No new tiers of benefits were created.
  • The department will notify potentially eligible customers of both programs by mail with instructions on how to receive benefits.

January 9, 2012

An Executive Order allowing Florida’s unemployed workers continued access to full federal funding for Extended Benefits (EB) is issued.



Extended Benefits (EB)
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Florida’s EB period was scheduled to end on January 7, 2012. Since Florida must be in an EB period for eligible Floridians to receive payments, an Executive Order authorizing Floridians who qualify to receive those benefits was issued.  The Executive Order allows Florida’s unemployed workers continued access to full federal funding for the Extended Benefits (EB) program.

The last date to establish an EB claim is the week beginning March 4, 2012.  All entitlement to regular benefits and EUC benefits must be exhausted by the week ending March 3, 2012 to establish EB entitlement. 

To receive EB claimants must complete an application on the department’s Internet site.  Individuals previously approved for EB whose payments have lapsed will receive benefits retroactive to January 7, 2012.

EB is payable to individuals that have exhausted all entitlement to regular state benefits on their current claims and have used all Emergency Unemployment Compensation available under federal law.

The last week that EB benefits can be paid is the week ending March 10, 2012 (Even if you have a remaining EB balance). To qualify to receive EB an EB claim must be established no later than March 4, 2012. However, individuals establishing an EB claim effective March 4, 2012 will only be able to receive one week of EB regardless of their EB entitlement.

Important Facts:

  • No new tiers of benefits were created.
  • The department will notify potentially eligible customers of both programs by mail with instructions on how to receive benefits.

 

January 4, 2012

Important Information on the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program, Extended Benefits (EB) program, and Duration of Benefits law changes effective January 1, 2012


On December 23, 2011, federal legislation was signed into law allowing a two-month extension of the eligibility dates for Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC).

Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) - The new federal law extends the deadline for establishing eligibility in the EUC program, to the week beginning February 26, 2012, and extends the phase-out date for the program to the week ending August 18, 2012.  Four tiers of federal EUC benefits remain available to eligible beneficiaries:

Tier I: Under this new law, unemployed workers currently receiving benefits from their regular state claims have until week ending February 25, 2012 to exhaust their state benefits and establish eligibility for EUC Tier I, which provides up to an additional 20 weeks of benefits.  

Tiers II, III, and IV: Unemployed workers currently receiving benefits on EUC Tiers I, II and III, can now qualify for the next level of benefits if their current tier is exhausted by the week ending March 3, 2012. EUC Tier II provides up to 14 weeks of benefits and Tier III provides up to 13 weeks of additional benefits. Tier IV provides up to 6 (six) additional weeks of benefits.

Those who will exhaust EUC Tiers I, II, and III between now and the week ending March 3, 2012 will be automatically enrolled in the next level of benefits.

Those who received a final payment notice for regular, EUC Tier I, II or III will be automatically enrolled in the next level of EUC and should be able to begin certifying for the additional benefits during their regular claim reporting cycle. 

Customers are encouraged to check their claims online to determine if they have weeks available to claim.

Extended Benefits (EB) - Extended Benefits (EB) – To qualify to receive EB benefits under current state law you must establish an EB claim no later than January 1, 2012.  The last week that EB benefits can be paid is January 7, 2012

Important Facts:

  • No new tiers of benefits were created.
  • The department will notify those who are potentially eligible of both programs by mail with instructions on how to receive benefits.

Duration of Benefits - For all claims filed on or after January 1, 2012, the duration of benefits adjusts from the current maximum of 26 weeks to a range of 12 to 23 weeks, based upon the average unemployment rate in Florida for the three months ending September 30 of the prior year.

The maximum weekly benefit amount will remain at $275.

The Department of Economic Opportunity’s Labor Market Statistics Program determined that the average unemployment rate in Florida during the quarter ending September 30, 2011 was 10.7 percent.  Because of this determination, the maximum available credits for claims established in 2012 are lowered from $7,150 to $6,325 (Max WBA X 23 weeks).

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