Q) I was out of work for 6 weeks due to illness (hospitalization) and my employer only has workmen’s compensation. My illness started while on vacation and continued when I returned home. Per workmen’s compensation, I do not receive coverage. Can I receive a benefit/coverage ($$) from the unemployment office for this unpaid time? I reside in Florida. Thanks so much for your assistance in this matter.
A) I understand that you were out of work for 6 weeks due to illness and hospitalization. Your employer only has workers’ compensation, and your illness started while on vacation and continued when you returned home. Per workers’ compensation, you do not receive coverage. You are wondering if you can receive a benefit/coverage ($$) from the unemployment office for this unpaid time.
I am not a lawyer, and I cannot give you legal advice. However, I can provide you with some information about unemployment benefits in Florida.
In Florida, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits if you are unemployed through no fault of your own and you are able and available to work. You must also meet certain other requirements, such as having earned a certain amount of money in the past year.
If you are eligible for unemployment benefits, you will receive a weekly benefit payment. The amount of your benefit payment will depend on your earnings and the number of dependents you have.
To apply for unemployment benefits in Florida, you can file online or by mail. You can find more information about applying for unemployment benefits on the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity website.
I hope this information is helpful. If you have any further questions, you should contact the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.
Your situation generally does not qualify for unemployment benefits – The general requirement for unemployment insurance benefits are:
Have received enough wages during the base period to establish a claim.
Be totally or partially unemployed.
Be unemployed through no fault of his/her own.
Be physically able to work.
Be available for work which means to be ready and willing to immediately accept work.
Be actively looking for work.
Meet eligibility requirements each week benefits are claimed.
Be approved for training before training benefits can be paid.