CanI file for underemployment if my hours have been cut 17 hours or more?

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CanI file for underemployment if my hours have been cut 17 hours or more?

Asked on November 16, 2010 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

"Underemployment insurance" is really just an unemployment insurance payment that a worker receives to reach the level of income they were at before their hours at work were reduced. To be eligible for underemployment insurance, a worker must file a claim with the department of labor in the state the benefits will be received. A base period of income will be determined (although it varies from state-to-state). The period will indicate the amount of insurance for which a worker is eligible (typically it is usually the last year of full employment). Thereafter, the amount of money a worker is currently earning is subtracted from the earnings made while they were fully employed. The difference between the 2 is the total amount a worker can get.

It appears that FL does offer this.  However, you should contact your state department of labor to be sure and find out the specifics.


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