Laid off from part time work, only employed 12 weeks - Florida- Can I claim benefits
I worked PT for a company from 4-2005 to 8-2008 and quit due to scheduling conflicts with school. I was finally able to secure another part time job (about 22 hours) in 3-2009 and I was laid off due to a budget crisis on 7-2009.I worked exactly 12 weeks. I'm really concerned that I was not employed long enough to receive benefits, can I claim? Thank you
I don't think you will be able to get benefits .. not necessarily because you wouldn't qualify monetarily
but because you didn't satisfy the voluntary quit disqualification .. which in Florida is to return to work and earn at least 17 times your weekly benefit amount. I find this information in the Nonmonetary Chartbook at the USDOL Table 5-4.
You should also pay attention to any footnote listed.
Now onto the fact that it's part-time employment and the fact you are a student.
Florida does not have a part-time worker provision. In fact, Florida has few provisions .. they interpret their law, but they do not have a decision digest to tell us how they interpret their law. But Table 5-10 suggest it may be possible. (be sure to read the caution note after table 5-10).
Because you are a student I also checked Table 5-12 .. to make sure Florida doesn't automatically disqualify a person while attending school .. it looks like you'd be okay in this respect as long as you are available for suitable work.
So the big questions are whether they will apply that footnote to your situation to overcome the VQ disqualification and if they do whether they will allow you to look for only part-time work or insist you look for full-time work .. The difference if they insist on looking for full-time work is whether you limit your availability for work which could create an "able and available issue".
I would appreciate it if you would please update your submission, so everyone can get an answer to this question .. since I've had a number of questions lately on this very subject.
If I have only confused you .. just ask me to clarify:)