According to Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, President Trump granted a major disaster declaration request for the areas affected by Hurricane Michael. Florida businesses and residents who totally lost or experienced a reduction in employment or self-employment due to Hurricane Michael can apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. The areas eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance are Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Taylor, Wakulla and Washington counties.Get a clear understanding of complex federal and state legislation necessary for effective management of UI tax with this comprehensive guide.
Individuals in the disaster areas must file an application with Disaster Unemployment Assistance no later than November 14, 2018. In order to be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance individuals must have experienced one of the following:
- Worked or were self-employed or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment;
- Are not able to work or perform services because of physical damage of destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of the disaster;
- Can establish that the work or self-employment they can no longer perform was their principal source of income;
- Do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits from any state;
- Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury as a direct result of the disaster; or
- Became the breadwinner or major supporter of a household because the former breadwinner’s death occurred as a result of the major disaster.