Does an employer have to approve an unemployment claim before compensation can be granted by the state?

Or can the state grant it without approval?

Asked on January 23, 2013 under Employment Labor Law, Florida


B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

If your application does not raise any issues that would otherwise disqualify you from benefits, then the state can approve your claim before your employer responds.  If your employer fails to respond, then the claim will continue to go through as long as you are otherwise eligible.  If your employer does respond timely and does raise a valid issue, then your claim could be delayed by a few weeks.

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