I was recently terminated. My company’s physical location is in California; I worked out of my home in Sarasota, FL. Do I file as though I worked in-state or out-of-state?

A) You should file for unemployment in California. The fact that you worked from home in Florida is irrelevant. The state in which your employer is located is the determining factor in where you file for unemployment benefits.

Since your company’s physical location is in California, you need to file for unemployment benefits in California.

Contacting the California Employment Development Department (EDD) or the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) would be a good starting point for obtaining official information on filing for unemployment benefits.

Here are the steps on how to file for unemployment benefits in California:

  1. Go to the California Employment Development Department (EDD) website.
  2. Click on the “File a Claim” tab.
  3. Create an account or log in to your existing account.
  4. Follow the instructions to complete the application.
  5. Submit your application.

You can also file for unemployment benefits by phone by calling 1-800-925-0287.

Here are some additional information about unemployment benefits in California:

  • You must be able to work and available for work to be eligible for unemployment benefits.
  • You must have earned a certain amount of wages in the past year to be eligible for benefits.
  • The amount of benefits you receive will depend on your earnings and your weekly benefit amount.
  • You can receive unemployment benefits for up to 26 weeks.

It’s important to note that unemployment laws can be complex, so it’s advisable to consult with the appropriate state agency or an employment attorney to get accurate and up-to-date information regarding your specific situation. They can provide guidance based on the laws of both California and Florida, as well as any inter-state agreements that may exist. They will be able to clarify which state’s unemployment program you should apply to and guide you through the process.

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