University employees are covered by Florida unemployment compensation law, in accordance with Chapter 443 of the Florida Statutes. Florida's Unemployment Compensation program, also referred to as unemployment compensation insurance, for which the university makes contributions, provides temporary wage replacement benefits to qualified individuals who are out of work through no fault of their own and who are able and available to work.
An individual who becomes unemployed or partially unemployed can file a claim. Two determinations are made to establish eligibility for benefits:
- The individual must have had sufficient work and earnings in Florida to establish a monetarily eligible claim. However, a monetarily eligible claim does not necessarily mean that the individual will be eligible to receive benefits.
- The individual's reasons for separation from previous employment as well as other eligibility requirements are examined to determine if the individual will receive benefits.
- Determinations concerning eligibility for benefits can only be made after a claim is filed, since facts must be obtained from a claimant's previous employers concerning these issues.
Human Resources does not make determinations of eligibility for unemployment compensation, but does respond to requests for information on a claimant's previous employment with the university, earnings while employed, and the reason for separation from the university.
The State of Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation is responsible for administering Florida's Unemployment Compensation program. Information on this program can be obtained from the Agency's website or by calling 1-800-204-2418.