In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, numerous area businesses have been forced to close, or cut back on services, leaving many people without jobs or a way to pay expenses. Here are a few tips on how to file for unemployment, and what you’ll need.
To file a claim, go to http://www.floridajobs.org/Reemployment-Assistance-Service-Center/reemployment-assistance/claimants/apply-for-benefits, or call toll-free 1-800-204-2418.
Have the following information handy when you file:
- Social Security number
- Names, addresses and phone numbers for each place of employment in the past 18 months
- Dates worked and total wages from each employer
- Gross earnings (before taxes) during that period
- Identification — either a driver’s license, state identification, voter registration number, or any other type of ID that can be used to verify your identity
- Employer details off your recent pay stub, or Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN found on W-2 or 1099 tax forms)
- Reason for separation from employer
The Department of Labor has issued more flexible guidelines on unemployment insurance during the coronavirus outbreak. You may collect if:
- You are quarantined and cannot work, but expect to return to work after the quarantine is lifted
- You leave a job due to risk of exposure
- You leave a job to care for someone in need
- Your place of employment temporarily closes do to COVID-19
If employment information is not provided at time of filing, benefits will be delayed until that information is obtained.