Important Updates on FL’s Unemployment Insurance Program, and Paper Applications Now Available (4/3/2020)
This is Rep. Anna V. Eskamani and we thank you for trusting us to help you with your unemployment insurance application.
We have been in constant contact with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and have been sharing your issues with them with the goal of DEO calling you one-on-one to provide support. DEO is actively bringing on more staff and working to address website issues and help with pin resets.
However, we know the problems are nowhere near solved, and we wanted to share with you a few quick updates that will hopefully help.
Paper Applications Now Available: DEO has just posted on their website paper applications that can be printed and mailed to DEO. You can click here to access these forms. Please note that paper applications could potentially take longer to process than completing an online application but with the website being so bad, a paper application might be more ideal for you. Please note that DEO has told us that there will ALSO be an online link to submit PDF forms versus only mailing them. As soon as this is available, we will let you know!
****If you are waiting for an identity confirmation or pin number reset, it might be better to wait to see if you are called on Monday versus submitted a new paper application. However, the decision is totally up to you on how you want to proceed****
$275 Threshold: Many of you have asked if the $275 threshold to receive weekly benefits also applies to the federal relief program. We are being told that at this time it does — meaning that in order to receive ANY benefits in Florida, you have to make less than $275 per week in Florida. But if your employer reduces your hours against your will, you may be eligible for partial benefits. We are pursuing more clarity on this and will keep you posted.
Retroactivity of Benefits: We have also heard questions about the ability to receive benefits from the day you were unemployed versus the day your application is approved. DEO has told us they are looking into this idea, to see if it is something DEO can change or if the Governor needs to change it. We are actively advocating for this change, and will continue to keep you posted and share updates on social media.
Access for Immigrants: We have also received several questions about immigrants and their ability to apply for Unemployment Insurance in Florida. As long as the individual has an “Alien registration number or other work authorization form” you should be eligible for benefits. More information can be found here of which immigrants are not eligible.
You can also find DEO’s most updated FAQ at this link. Please continue to keep us posted of your status and thank you for trusting us to serve you. Feel free to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram to keep up to date with us, too.
Representative Anna V. Eskamani