Florida jobless facing new compensation hurdles

TALLAHASSEE — Florida's jobless workers are facing additional hurdles to qualify for state unemployment compensation.

Several new requirements go into effect Monday under a law passed this year to help reduce unemployment taxes paid by businesses.

Claimants will be required to contact at least five potential employers or else meet with a state reemployment services representative each week.

They'll also have to complete a skills review over the Internet to qualify for benefits.

Starting Monday, unemployed workers must use the Internet to file initial and continued claims. That change alone is expected to save $4.7 million annually.

Also, if claimants' severance pay for a week equals or exceeds their benefits for that week they will not get the compensation.

Severance pay, though, will not affect their total benefits.

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