Another important requirement is your eligibility.
To be considered “eligible,” an individual must:
• Have lost his or her job through no fault of his or her own.
• Be actively looking for a job.
• Be ready to take a new job when offered.
• Meet wage requirements based on previous job(s).
The Department will send by mail a Wage Transcript and Determination within 14 days of receiving your RA application. The determination will include how your total benefit amount is determined, your Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA), your available credits and your Benefit Year end date.
You must remain eligible to keep claiming benefits. After you file your initial claim, you will need to “Claim Your Weeks.” File your claims every two weeks until you are employed or your claim ends. You will also need to keep looking for a job and keep a work search log.
You can file and certify your claims online using CONNECT.
When filing a claim, remember to:
• Accurately report the reason you are unemployed.
• Report any wages you are earning.
• Register with Employ Florida Marketplace (EFM).
• Be available for work.
• Be actively searching for work.
• Develop an effective work search strategy.
• Report if you are back to work.
It is against the law to omit or misrepresent facts and/or documents to qualify for Reemployment Assistance (RA) benefit payments. RA fraud is a third degree felony.
Penalties for RA fraud may include:
• Prosecution by government authorities.
• Possible jail or prison sentences.
• Repaying benefits collected, plus penalties and fines.
• Forfeiting future federal income tax refunds.
• Losing eligibility to collect RA benefits until all debts have been repaid.
To report fraud, call 1-800-342-9909.