December 10, 2008
Qualified Floridians to Receive Extended Unemployment Compensation Benefits
TALLAHASSEE – On Friday, November 21, 2008, President George W. Bush signed the Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008, which increases the allowed amount of extended Unemployment Compensation benefits from 13 to 20 weeks. The Act also authorizes up to an additional 13 weeks of “Second-Tier” benefits for states with a total unemployment rate at or above 6 percent. Currently, Florida is one of numerous states authorized for “Second-Tier” benefits.
Qualified Floridians currently receiving benefits, and who subsequently exhaust their benefits, will receive the extension automatically, and their weekly benefits amount will remain the same. Individuals who do not currently have an active claim, but may be eligible for the extension, will be mailed a notice/application advising them of the availability of extended benefits. An application may also be printed from www.fluidnow.com. The application should be completed and mailed to:
Agency for Workforce Innovation
P. O. Drawer 5350
Tallahassee, FL 32314-5350
To be eligible for the extended benefits, an individual must:
- Have filed an Unemployment Compensation claim on or after May 2, 2006.
- Have exhausted all rights to regular Unemployment Compensation benefits.
- Have no rights to regular or extended Unemployment Compensation benefits in any other state or Canada.
Citizens who would like additional information about extended Unemployment Compensation benefits, may go to: www.fluidnow.com.