"Inside of a ring or out, ain't nothing wrong with going down. It's staying
down that's wrong."
Unemployment Appeals & Severance Agreements
Help From Qualified Miami Labor Attorneys
Florida law permits employers to terminate employees without “cause,” and neither Federal nor State law obligates an employer to pay severance
wages or benefits. However, under Florida’s Unemployment Compensation
law, Florida Statutes §443.011
et seq., now known as the “Reemployment Assistance Program Law,”
employees are entitled to unemployment compensation as result of their employment ending
unless an employee: (a) voluntarily left their employment without good cause
attributable to the employer; or (b) was discharged for misconduct.
Unfortunately, despite the long-standing principle recognized by Florida’s
Courts that unemployment determinations are supposed be made against the
backdrop that the remedial intent of the statute requires a liberal construction
in favor of awarding benefits to employees, many unemployment claims are wrongfully denied.
Get Help Today!
As a result, if you need advice, guidance or appellate representation in
connection with an unemployment claim or appeal, contact the
Law Office of Keith M. Stern, P.A. for a free consultation. Even if you were terminated from your job, or
quit because you felt you had no choice due to circumstances outside your control,
Your Work Is Our Business.
free consult with one of our Miami labor & employment lawyers to learn more about
What is a Severance Agreement and How Does it Work?
A severance agreement is a sort of trade-off between an employer and employee.
By accepting a separation agreement with severance payments or other benefits—which
the law does not require—an employee waives most, if not virtually
all, rights to later seek additional compensation or damages in a lawsuit.
Conversely, the release typically obtained by an employer of actual or
potential claims that an employee may have provides the employer with
closure while avoiding future litigation.
severance payments can provide an employee with protection against their
loss of income while seeking new employment opportunities in an uncertain marketplace.
Because severance can count as wages for purposes of Florida’s Unemployment
Compensation, a/k/a Reemployment Assistance, law, typically unemployment
eligibility does not begin until after the term associated with any severance
payments has ended.
Contact the Law Office of Keith M. Stern, P.A. to Learn More!
Whether you are an employee who's been laid off or the employer who
initiated a termination, speaking with an experienced Miami Labor Attorney at the
Law Office of Keith M. Stern, P.A. is the best way to protect your interests.
Call us today for a free case evaluation. We are here to help you every step of the way.