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do you need to be paid in case your workplace is closed due to a hurricane? — Ask a Supervisor


I labored for Florida DEO (the unemployment workplace) till final yr, and particularly labored with catastrophe aid claims from a hurricane. State and federal unemployment assist are peanuts however higher than nothing. Right here’s all of the useful personal-experience information and admin notes I nonetheless have if you happen to’re lacking time from work due to Ian.

First off, Florida doesn’t have a state division of labor and no administrative wage enforcement. In case your employer refuses to pay you, you have to seek the advice of a lawyer. Don’t let price cease you from getting authorized recommendation; good employment attorneys will provide a free session. When you do discuss to a lawyer, have as many detailed concrete information (who/what/when/the place) lined up as you may.

In case your employer fires you as a result of the hurricane disadvantaged you of transportation, then good riddance to that employer. You’re thought of unemployed via no fault of your individual. That features being unable to get to work as a result of your car was broken, as a result of public transit was not working, or as a result of roads have been washed out.

When you’re out of labor due to Hurricane Ian, there will probably be catastrophe unemployment advantages accessible, however there’s a deadline. It’s normally 30 days previous the foremost catastrophe declaration date which will probably be right now. Don’t dawdle! When you miss the deadline as a result of your space doesn’t have energy or web, there are methods to repair it and superior individuals who will do the whole lot they’ll to assist, however the system itself is a catastrophe for candidates and workers alike.

As of Florida’s final smackdown with Mom Nature catastrophe, you may get unemployment assist if:
1. Your employer shuts down quickly or completely as a direct results of the hurricane.
2.You’re unable to work due to an damage immediately associated to the storm. The catch is that the damage has to have occurred throughout the hurricane, not within the instant aftermath, e.g. shock from a downed energy line. I sincerely hope the legislature has modified that rule since final September as a result of it’s ridiculous.
3. You reside or work in a county listed within the catastrophe declaration. I do know, apparent, however we bought hurricane claims from folks residing in Miami for storms that solely hit the Panhandle.
4. Your head of family/main breadwinner was killed within the storm.
5. You don’t have any transportation to work for the explanations I discussed earlier.
6. You had a concrete begin date for a brand new job however can’t begin due to one of many causes listed above.
7. Don’t assume you’re not eligible if you happen to’re self employed.

Doc the whole lot, write down particulars, and be as particular as attainable when making use of for advantages. Have your employer’s title, bodily tackle, cellphone quantity, final day labored, and your supervisor’s first and final title. Sure, I’ve talked to individuals who labored Bob’s Retailer, however not that one, the one over the bridge throughout from the nice steak place. No, that didn’t assist. Yet one more time: WRITE IT DOWN. Businesses nitpick, and it’s regular for folks with nice reminiscences to overlook issues within the shuffle when coping with a disaster.

Very last thing: be sure you’ve bought your most up-to-date pay stub if in any respect attainable. It’s possible you’ll be requested for proof of employment, and the same old affirmation letter out of your employer could also be arduous to return by for the subsequent few months.

This is probably not a lot assist, nevertheless it’s what I’ve bought to supply proper now. At greatest, we’re all sleep disadvantaged, confused, and shocked, ready to listen to the actual extent of the harm. Please keep secure inside and off the roads for some time longer if you happen to presumably can. The place there’s life, there’s hope.

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