Learn About Unemployment Benefits Law & Help Those Who Have Lost Jobs

Florida Legal Services, along with co-sponsor University of Miami School of Law HOPE Public Interest Resource Center, presents a free training on Unemployment Compensation on March 13, 2013, from 2:00 – 4:30 pm. The training is open to Dade County attorneys who agree to provide pro bono representation to a low-income individual seeking unemployment benefits.

When individuals lose their job through no fault of their own, they are eligible for unemployment compensation (renamed Reemployment Assistance (RA)). But there are many challenges facing eligible applicants to getting those benefits. And while employers often have representation, the former employees frequently have no legal guidance at all.

Attorneys who participate will be trained by substantive experts: staff attorneys at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. and Florida Legal Services. The fundamentals of unemployment law will be covered. In addition, this training will focus on new procedural requirements that pose insurmountable barriers to many of the unemployed, such as having to apply only by Internet, provide an email address, and take an online skills assessment. In addition to the live training, valuable online resources will be made available to participants. And every volunteer will get access to ongoing consultation, as needed, throughout the handling of the referred case.

Register for this free training at this registration link.

If you have questions about the registration process, contact Kathy Grunewald, FLS Training Director. If you have questions about the training, contact Valory Greenfield, FLS Staff Attorney.

Free Training for CLE Credits (CLE application pending for 2.0 credits).