Who is eligible for unemployment benefits in Florida?
And, what about furloughed workers?
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Florida unemployment benefits
Florida’s unemployment benefit is called Reemployment Assistance. Some of their rules were updated during the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, self-employed workers, independent contractors, and freelancers can apply for this benefit too.
In order to qualify, you must have lost your job through no fault of your own. You need to be either totally or partially unemployed to be considered eligible. Another requirement is having earned at least $3,400 before taxes in the ‘base period.’ The ‘base period’ is the first four complete quarters 18 months before your claim. The last qualification requirement is to be actively seeking work.
Are furloughed workers eligible?
Furloughed workers are people put on mandatory unpaid leave by their company– and Florida does consider them eligible. During the pandemic, this happened on a large scale. Furloughed workers are encouraged to apply for Florida unemployment benefits.
In order to apply, you will need your Social Security Number and your driver’s license or state ID number. You will also need employer information from the past 18 months.