Update to my question... I am in Florida and wondering if I have a chance at winning an appeal?

I am in Florida. I was laid off and given a severance package for 3 months to be paid out biweekly. It has been paid out bi-weekly until 1/15 when the company decided that it would pay out the remaining weeks in one lump sum payment. So, after reading some of the info on the internet decided to file unemployment on afte the 1/15 lump sum payment. Since then, my unemployment has been under review and although the site says eligible -- it says remuneration and they asked for my severance agreement to review along with the letter saying that I would receive lump sum on 1/15. Does this mean I will not be eligible for unemployment? Or will they determine that the lump sum is enough for me to survive the next couple of months? How does it work?

So received letter today saying I am ineligible because I show that I had wages in excess of weeks. They didn't even look at the letter from employer stating that it was now going to be paid out in one lump sum rather than biweekly as stated in agreement. Should I appeal? Will it matter at this point? I am still unemployed.

2 answers  |  asked Mar 10, 2016 04:57 AM [EST]  |  applies to Florida

Answers (2)

Phyllis Towzey
You can reapply once your severance runs out.

posted by Phyllis Towzey  |  Mar 10, 2016 08:47 AM [EST]
Arthur Schofield
I always recommend an appeal, but one with the assistance of counsel. There are rules of evidence and other procedural matters that can be traps for those without counsel. Any counsel in the State can assist you as these are all done via telephone now. Keep in mind that there are quick deadlines to notice your intent for an appeal. Best of luck.

posted by Arthur Schofield  |  Mar 10, 2016 06:46 AM [EST]

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