Can I collect remaining unemployment benefit after temporary work in Florida?
July 2008 my employer laid me off due to the slow economy. I was working for this company 19 month. I filed for unemployment benefits and was approved for the maximum amount. Then in October I was offered full time employment which I accepted and stopped claiming benefits. The company I started working for was doing very well and I was happy to had found a good paying job. However, in January of 2009, I did not even finish my 3 month probation period, my new employer had to let me go. Again due to the very slow economy in Florida. I filed for unemployment again and started to receive benefits. Now I received an offer for part time employment for a temporary assignment lasting about 2 month. I would like to take the offer but can I reopen my old claim after this temporary assignment is over? How is the procedure to file unemployment when you already know that the job is temporary? Will the Unemployment Agency ask this new employer why the assignment was temporary? Will my benefit be recalculated after this temporary assignment? Am I filing every time a complete new unemployment claim or do I get benefits form the old established claim? Thanks for any clarifying answer.
Whole lot of questions...so let's start from the top. Yes you can reopen your claim. Let's see, two month would take you to May. Your benefit year ends sometime in July. If you are close to exhausting your 26 weeks of benefits you should be able to get an extension when they run out and of course when July comes you have earned enough to qualify for a second benefit year.
Actually refusing suitable work whether permanent or temporary is good cause for disqualifying someone from getting further benefits. If the pay is less the your WBA you could continue filing weekly and receive partial benefits.
Also, if the temp job is through a temp agency be aware there are special provisions for temp workers. Not all, but many states require the worker to report to the agency within a specified time limit to request further assignments. Failure to do so can result in a voluntary quit determination prohibiting receipt of benefits as well as for refusal of future suitable assignments.
Hope this helps.