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TERM

DEFINITION

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Adjudication

Review of a claimant’s RA application to resolve any issues raised or when he or she requests benefit payments

Appeal Referee

A hearing officer who conducts the Appeal and will decide the fate of the issue being appealed

Appellant

The Party filing an appeal to an adverse determination and/or decision

Appellee

The other Party involved in an appeal of a determination and/or decision

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Balance

The remaining amount that is payable on a claim

Base Period

The covered wages earned during a certain period. These wages are used to determine if a claimant qualifies monetarily for reemployment assistance and the amount to which he or she is entitled to receive. Comprised of the first 4 of the last 5 completed calendar quarters preceding the Benefit Year Beginning Date

Benefit Year Beginning (BYB)

Effective (beginning) date of a new Reemployment Assistance Claim. The Sunday of the week in which the claimant filed their new claim. If the claimant had a prior claim ending during that week or if the calendar quarter changed during the week, the effective date may be a date other than Sunday.

Benefit Year Ending (BYE)

Ending date of a Reemployment Assistance claim. It is always one year from the Benefit Year Beginning date minus 1 day. Example: A claim effective February 3, 2013 would have an end date of February 2, 2014.

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CareerSource Center

A local Florida Workforce Services office where claimants can go to obtain assistance in removing any barriers to obtain employment.

Claim ID

A unique identification number assigned to each new claim created for a claimant

Claimant

Any individual seeking Reemployment Assistance from the State of Florida

Claimant ID

A unique identification number assigned to the claimant. It ties the claimant record and benefit claim record together across all programs and claims in the system.

Combined Wage Claim (CWC)

A claim filed by a claimant who has covered wages under the unemployment compensation law of more than one State and who has filed a claim under this arrangement.

CONNECT

New system launched on October 15, 2013 to calculate, track, and dispense Reemployment Assistance benefits to Floridians

Continued Claim

After the initial claim is determined to be eligible for Reemployment Assistance, all further claims are considered continued claims

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Debit Card

Florida Reemployment Assistance Debit Card. Issued to Claimants who choose this payment method. Weekly benefit payments are transferred to this card for use by the claimant.

Disqualified

The claimant has been issued a determination/decision advising he or she is ineligible for benefits

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EAN

Employer Identification Number - Reemployment Tax Account Number

Earnings Disregard

If the claimant’s gross earnings during a week are less than the Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA), the Earnings Disregard Amount (8 x Federal minimum wage) is subtracted from the earnings and the remainder is deducted from the WBA to determine the amount payable to the claimant.

Example 1: Claimant WBA is $100, claimant gross earnings are $100. No payment is due to the claimant.

Example 2: Claimant WBA is $100, claimant gross earnings are $98. Earnings disregard of $58 is deducted from $98, leaving $40 to be deducted from the claimant’s WBA. A payment of $60 will be issued to the claimant.

Eligibility Review Program (ERP)

An in-depth review of claimant responses to a questionnaire (UCB-231) sent to selected claimants to determine their continued eligibility to receive unemployment benefits

Eligible

Claimant meets the monetarily qualifications to establish claim. To be monetarily eligible for benefits, you must have been paid wages in two or more calendar quarters in the Base Period, your total Base Period wages are equal to or more than one and half (1 ½) times your high quarter wages and the total wages you have earned in your qualified quarters of your claim must be equal or higher than $3400.

Employer Account Number

The Unemployment Tax Account Number given to the Employer by the State of Florida which is different from the FEIN

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Full Time

A claimant is considered by their employer to be a fulltime employee if his or her work schedule exceeds 32 hours per week

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Hearing Officer

Appeals Referee/Special Deputy assigned to schedule and conduct a hearing

High Quarter Earnings

In a Claimant's Base Period the total earnings in each quarter are compared to determine which quarter has the highest earnings. The 'high quarter' earnings are multiplied by 1.5 and if the total wages in the base period do not equal or exceed this amount, the Claimant would not qualify for a claim.

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Ineligible

Monetary determination issued, no outstanding wage requests and Claimant does not meet the monetary requirements to establish a claim. You will be monetarily ineligible for benefits if you have not been paid wages in two or more calendar quarters in the Base Period, your total Base Period wages are less than one and one half (1 ½) times your high quarter wages or the Total Wages you have earned in your qualified quarters of your claim are not equal or higher than $3400.

Initial Claim

First time a claimant files for a Reemployment Assistance benefit

Interactive Voice Response (IVR)

Allows claimants to interact with Reemployment Assistance host system via a telephone keypad, after which they can service their own inquiries by following the IVR dialogue

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Maximum Benefit Amount (MBA)

MBA is the most amount of benefits the claimant is eligible to receive on a regular claim

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On-Call

Claimant has a history of working on an "on call" basis, in which he or she accepts a verbal or written contract to work variable hours as needed

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Paying State

The state from which reemployment benefits are paid to a claimant. A claim can only be established against a state in which that claimant had assignable employment during the Base Period for that state.

Pension

A sum of money paid regularly as a retirement benefit

Promised Hire Date

The Claimant provided a date (must be within six weeks) to begin work with an employer

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Reopen Claim

Action to reopen an inactive claim. An application must be completed and if there was employment since the Claimant last filed for benefits, that employment information must be provided

Reasonable Assurance / School Employee

A verbal or written assurance that an employee working at a school will be returning to work when the school break is over

Reemployment Assistance(RA)

A benefits for Floridians who have lost their job through no fault of their own, are able and available for work, and actively seeking employment

Reemployment Assistance Appeals Commission (RAAC)

Second level of appeal process which rules on the correctness of the appeal decision

Reemployment Assistance Handbook

Handbook detailing the claimant’s rights and responsibilities relating to Reemployment Assistance

Remuneration

Payment or compensation received for services or employment

Request for Reconsideration

A request to have a determination ended or reversed due to new information made available

Requesting Benefit Payments (RBP)

Completing a continued claim application in order to request payment for the week in question. Claimant must meet all monetary and non-monetary eligibility criteria in order for a payment to be issued.

Return to Work (RTW) Date

Date on which an employee is scheduled to return to work with a former Employer or start work with a new employer

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Severance

Severance pay is compensation for the loss of a job. It may be paid on the basis of length of service for an employer. It is a matter of agreement between an employer and an employee. Severance pay provided to an individual regardless of the reason will affect a claimant's eligibility for benefits

Short-Time Compensation (STC) Employer

An Employer with a Short-Time Compensation plan in effect

SIDES - State Information Data Exchange System

A nationally recognized program that allows employers from across the country to respond to state unemployment insurance (UI) requests for information. This electronic tool provides an easier and more streamlined method to submit responses for separation information and earnings verifications.

Sole Proprietor

A Sole Proprietor is someone who owns an unincorporated business by himself or herself. All profits and all losses accrue to the owner and the income from the business is reported to the IRS as personal income and taxed accordingly.

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Third-Party Agent

An individual or business entity that represents an Employer in conducting tax, reimbursable, or appeals business on behalf of the Employer

Third-Party Representative

An individual or business entity that represents the claimant in conducting tax, reimbursable, or appeals business on behalf of the claimant

Treasury Offset Program (TOP)

Federal Program to deduct overpayments from a claimant's income tax refund

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UCB-412

Notice distributed to a Base Period or separating Employer to advise the Employer that a claim has been filed which may impact their tax rate. Employers have 20 days to respond to this notice. Failure to respond means that their account cannot be relieved of charges even if the claimant is disqualified based on the separation from that Employer that would normally have allowed the account to be non-charged.

Untimely Appeal

An appeal filed after the time for filing an appeal to an adverse determination or decision

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Wages in Lieu of Notice

Wages paid instead of a notice of lay off or discharge. When an Employer terminates a worker, instead of allowing the person to work a notice, the Employer will give wages for the notice period

Waiting Week (WW)

Waiting Week (WW) is the very first week of RA Program claimed, which has no earnings or, earnings are less than weekly benefits amount (WBA), for which benefits will not be paid. There is only one non-payable week as a Waiting Week per claim filed within the same benefits year.

Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA)

The maximum amount a Claimant is eligible to receive per week before any deductions are taken

Work Search Requirement

Number of job contacts that a claimant must make each week in order to be eligible to receive benefits for a week of unemployment. The number is determined by the size of the county in which a Claimant resides.

Workers' Compensation

Workers' Compensation is a government-mandated insurance that provides benefits to covered employees and their dependents if the employee suffers job-related injury, disease, or death

 






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