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The Unemployment Help Center, Ltd, represents Florida Claimants at Unemployment Compensation Hearings and Appeals. We provide highly experienced Hearings Representatives who can, and will, fight for your Florida Unemployment Compensation benefits
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From a Hearing Officer's point of view.....
Hearing officers usually conduct between 40 to 50 hearings per week. At times, it can become overwhelming. With that in mind, there are a few key points to remember to ensure the hearing runs smoothly as possible since most officers allot approximately 45 minutes for each hearing.
1) Only answer the question that has been asked - avoid giving extra information unless you are asked by the hearing officer to give further information.
2) Never interrupt the other party's testimony - this is disruptive for the hearing and will cause confusion since all hearings are recorded and it is important for the officer to know who is giving testimony at all times.
3) Only provide witnesses that actually have first hand knowledge of the incident(s) that caused your separation. It is not necessary to have a witness that will only repeat your testimony.
4) Always remain courteous. Since these are generally telephonic hearings, your attitude is extremely important. Although hearing officers are to remain bias free and render a fair decision bases on the evidence and facts presented during the hearing, an irate claimant who chooses to use profanity and show disrespect during the hearing, is usually considered as someone who does not wish to participate in the hearing. And as such, without the claimant's testimony, the final decision will more than likely be adverse if the claimant is no longer permitted to participate in the hearing if they have been disruptive.
5) Your appeal hearing is the opportunity for you to tell your side of the story. It is not uncommon for your ex-employer to give a distorted version of the incident that caused your separation - however, remain calm. If you have carefully prepared with your representative prior to the hearing, and you stick to your truth, although there will be a conflict in testimony, the hearing officer is aware of what to look for during testimony to determine who is more credible, so remain calm and stick to your truth, follow the guidance of your hearing representative and the evidence will speak for itself
Some Florida Unemployment News:
June 27, 2011
Changes to Unemployment Compensation Law
Legislation signed today will improve the accountability and efficiency of Florida’s unemployment compensation system. This new law enacts several changes, which will take effect over the next several months:
Effective upon becoming law
Misconduct – Under the new law, misconduct is defined as any action that demonstrates conscious disregard of an employer’s interests and is found to be a deliberate disregard or violation of reasonable standards of behavior, and may include activities that did not occur at the workplace or during working hours.
Examples of misconduct which can result in a denial of benefits can include:
- Chronic absenteeism or tardiness;
- Willful and deliberate violation of a standard or regulation which would jeopardize the employer’s Florida license or certification;
- Violation of an employer’s rules under certain circumstances.
These Changes put Florida in line with the more conservative Unemployment States - Our Representatives have dealt with this standard in other states for many years and this national experience allows us to win your Florida unemployment compensation hearing