I am being asked to repay to the Unemployment Agency what they paid me for 6 months
I was fired in Feb of 2008 by my employer. I applied for unemployment in Florida and it was approved. After 6 months of receiving benefits the employer appealed.
We had a phone hearing and of course the employer (Who obviously had HR people and who knew how to deal exactly with laws) won the case.
So, after 6 months of receiving the benefits they asked me to pay it back.
They gave me 20 days to appeal but it was impossible to do so on their web, phone or address because they never provided me with any contact information (Their phone lines were always busy)
When I finally made the appeal it was past the 20 days, and they told me the decision was the final one.
So, I have not been able to appeal, or contact a lawyer for advisement. My "debt" is now owned by a collection agency and this has affected my credit record.
Do I have a chance of appealing this with anyone? Could a lawyer still help me? I was with no job for over 8 months. How could I repay this money? It will be impossible!
The number one, most important piece of advice I have about appealing a denial of unemployment benefits, or an overpayment is MAKE SURE IT'S TIMELY
And it wouldn't hurt to actually know the reason you were late might be considered good cause for a late appeal.
However, having said this, you didn't provide any information which I was inclined to grab onto as possible good cause.
A determination, or hearing decision which both reference overpayments .. gives you the information you need to know if you don't appeal you're basically screwed
But stuff happens and when it is reasonably, thought to be beyond your control, you may have good cause for a late appeal. ..
So, the lack of phone numbers, fax numbers, addresses, or anyone at the state not answering the phone .. doesn't carry much weight for me.
Because there's always some instruction to be found somewhere.. Especially, if you kn0ow where to look for the official answers.Need to file a Florida unemployment appeal?
There are few good cause excuses, not to get appeals in on time and fewer still not to keep proof of why you didn't, or that you did get it in on time.