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  • The Florida Extended Benefits program is a last resort program for long term unemployed workers who have exhausted both their state unemployment insurance benefits and their Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits. This federal program is only available during periods of high unemployment, as is the case now. However, once unemployment rates drop below a certain threshold or the program reaches its termination date, these benefits will finish.

    Most people who receive Extended Benefits receive these payments for the first time, so it is understandable if you have questions on your EB payments. This article will provide a guide to the main features of the program. To keep the article relevant, we have used questions we often receive from our readers as a template.

    When will the current EB period end?

    As we mentioned above EB periods don’t last indefinitely as the Florida State Unemployment Insurance Program does. The current EB period started on December 17, 2010 and will continue up to January 7, 2012. This program is authorized under the 2010 Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act, which was enacted by executive order of Governor Charlie Christ.

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    What are the eligibility requirements for the Florida EB Program?

    – You must be totally or partially employed. If your part time income is more than your weekly benefit amount, you no longer qualify.

    – You must exhaust all your state UI benefits and EUC benefits before December 31, 2011. This includes eligibility for unemployment benefits from any other state or American territory. If you exhaust your regular state benefits on the week ending December 31, 2011, you will not qualify for EUC benefits but will qualify for one week of Extended Benefits.

    – You must be fit and able to work.

    – You must not refuse job offers you qualify for.

    How Do I Claim?

    You should receive a form in the mail as soon as your EUC benefits are close to running out. If you do not receive a form, and you think you qualify for EB payments, go to www.foridajobs.com and file online.

    How Will I Receive My Payments?

    You will receive your EB payments the same way you received your UI and EUC payments. However you can choose to change your method of payment (e.g. Direct Deposit or Direct Debit) once your application is approved.

    I don’t live in Florida. How is my eligibility affected?

    Your eligibility will depend on the EB requirements of the sate you live in. The EB program varies depending on your state and is funded by the federal government so apply for EB payments from the state you reside in.

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