Florida Unemployment If You Get Laid-off

Generally, in Florida you have to have lost your job through no fault of your own in order to collect unemployment. When you get laid-off, it is not your fault.

In almost all cases, this means that if you get laid-off, you are eligible to collect unemployment benefits.

If you get laid-off from your job, you should immediately apply for unemployment benefits.

Getting laid-off doesn't mean that you were fired. Getting laid-off doesn't mean that you did something wrong. Getting laid-off means that they company that you worked for did not have enough work for you to do, and could no longer afford to pay you to do your job.

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# Beau Brady 2011-07-19 14:20
is a "stay bonus" concidered to be severance pay? I want to know if i can make a claim as soon as im laid off? even though there are paying me a bonus to stay til the doors close. thanks
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# Elizabeth 2011-08-07 19:04
Hi, Im a flight attendant for a large airline, they are asking people to voluntarily take leaves of absences because a reduction of flying time I did so a few years ago and was able to collect unemployment. the company worded the layoff as "voluntary leave of absence in lieu of a more jr flight attendant being furloughed" this time the wording is just "voluntary leave of absence" the company says that that will not contest any filings for unemployment. Will the state I live in give me unemployment? Can I file out of the state I work in Michigan? Please help
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# Ivona 2011-08-23 11:32
When I get laid-off and I am scheduled to return to work when the season starts do I have to look for a job for the off season in order to get unemployment benefits?
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# Mike 2011-10-07 10:22
After I file for unemployment, and it gets approved , when would the 1st check be sent? approx how may weeks?
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# Vanessa 2012-02-17 14:32
I am 9 months pregnant and have been working for my company for 8 months so I do not qualify for FMLA. Last week my doctor put me on complete bed rest and I received a call from HR telling me that since I do not qualify for FMLA they are listing me under a medical leave of absence and I have up to a year of this leave of absence. My job is not guaranteed and when I'm ready to go back I must reapply and go thought the rehiring process again. Do I qualify for unemployment benefits?
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# Al 2012-03-15 05:33
Do I need any officail paperwork from my former employer, if I was laid off due to reduction in work force?
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# Crystal 2012-03-20 20:01
If I am laid off with a return to work date, do I have to seek other employment. I know I am going back to my job in 2 months.
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# Pamella 2012-04-05 09:29
My employer has laid me off, but provided a severance package, which is now gone. Even with the severance will i still qualify for unemployment compensation?
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# nancy 2012-05-23 15:04
I work for a Florida company but live in another state. Do I qualify to collect unemployment if I get laid off from the Florida company? If so, do I collect from Florida???
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# marisol 2012-06-07 09:11
My son got laid off in oct. Can he still file for unemp. What the period of time they give you to file after you quit or been laid off
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# Charles G 2012-10-01 06:42
I have had my hours reduced from 38 wk to 25wk.
how should i proceed to notify my employer that i will have to quit in order to search for a more full time job of at least 38 to 40 hrs wk? Am i able to collect unemployment in Flordia in the meantime?
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# Carole 2012-10-03 15:41
My company laid me off but I will have no where to live here in Florida so I will have to move to another state and live with my parents. Can I still collect unemployment from Florida.
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# Robin 2012-11-26 16:08
The company I work for is a contract based company. The facility we are contracted for was sold, and the new owners have determined that it would be more financialy efficient to go in-house rather than maintain a contract. I, as contract manager am being layed off. However not until about three weeks from now. Is it legal for me to begin the unemployment process now, or am I legally required to wait until the actual date of the lay-off?
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# mary anne 2013-01-06 13:50
If I ave worked for a company in Brandon Florida and have been laid off, but offered to work for the company in Ocala. I live in Tampa and one way the drive will be about 98 miles. I am married and have a small child. This will be a hardship on my family and financially. Can I still file for unemployment while looking for a job in my area?
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# Kristin 2013-03-06 11:18
My fiance was laid off from his job and able to draw unemployment last year. He was fortunate enough to find a job with a temp agency, but the temp employees at his place of employment were informed today that there would be no contract renewal and they would be let go at the end of this month. Will he 1) be eligible for unemployment again and 2) when should he start applying for unemployment if he has a definitive date for his unemployment? Thank you for any help!
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# loretta 2013-03-12 16:13
Can I collect un employment if my hours are being from 40hours to 20 hours
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# Ann 2013-04-19 10:18
I work for a company that lays off most of the employees during the summer( we feed the school students this is a private company not with the district ). Will I be able to draw unemployement?
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# Debbie 2013-05-04 10:29
My company has been sold and bought by another company. At this time, we are being told that "we have jobs under the new management and company", however, nothing's been made clear as to what our new positions, i.e. titles, responsibilitie s will be.

If I decline my new position under the new company (not what I desire, etc.) would I be eligible for unemployment benefits under my former company??
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# Elise 2013-07-02 14:34
How many days after being laid off, does a person have to wait to be eligible for unemployment? In other words, if the person is laid off for 3 days and then called back to work, can they collect for the 3 days of missed work?
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# Jamison 2013-09-13 16:38
I am asking this for a friend because she is about to give up fighting for benefits she needs and she should be entitled to. She filed for benefits in July after her employer went out of business. She filed for benefits when she was eligible. She also found out she was pregnant during this time as well. On the application she said she was pregnant but she also said she was claiming from her job closure. She has applied for other jobs since, but do to the type of work; they will not hire her because of limitation from being pregnant. The unemployment office assumed she was applying because she was pregnant even though her employer wrote a letter stating they were closing and she would be unemployed. They denied her claim because she they thought she was Appling because she was pregnant and so she appealed. They also said she had to upload a resume at that time, which was not explained when she was applying for the benefits. she uploaded her resume and then she had to fax in a paper stating she had was available and able to work which she has never claimed otherwise through this whole process. They finally approved the benefits today after originally applying in July however they are only approving starting September 1st. They said this was because they were only approving from when she uploaded her resume, not when she filed and not when she stated to be unemployed. She has gone online and claimed her benefits every week since she applied. She has been looking for work since her job went out of business without luck. She has not been receiving any income since and she is several months behind on all bills. Her utilities were cut off because of non-payment but turned back on from friends and family paying it for her. My question is, what can she do to receive the back payment of benefits that she is eligible for from the time she initially filed. This is in the state of Florida.
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# Deborah cimorosi 2017-06-13 16:42
My sister has been working at a restaurant for 2 years now. She was laid off last year around may and then went back to work in October. She never filed for unemployment because she wasn't aware she could have. They're doing the same thing this year. She was laid off abou 3 weeks ago and they won't have her back until October or November. She's confused filling out the paperwork beause they want to know how much she made and she only made about $11000 but it was made in 5 months. She doesn't know what to do because she doesn't want them to think it took her a whole year to make that much because her check will hardly be anything per week. If she says she made tat much for the whole year she's basically going to get hardly any money but if she says she made that much over 5 months she will get a bigger check each week but it doesn't give her any room to put that in. They only have room for ur start date and end date. In reality she's been working there for 2 years but she's only worked 19 months in 2 years. What should she put for her start date . The beginning of season or the beginning of the year?
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# Chrissy 2017-09-27 14:21
I was hired full time as a Dental hygienist in January this year. In june the doctor cut me back to one day a week due to losing patients. Can I get partial unemployment?
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# Janet 2017-11-30 20:17
I am being laid off temporary, My employer is in West Virginia, but I work out of my home. I lived in Brandon Florida until 11/14 when I moved to Tennessee. Do I file with Florida or Tennessee? How do I do it for a Temporary Layoff?
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