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05/06/11
Proposed Changes to Florida’s Unemployment Benefits
Filed under: General
Posted by: RPLaw Firm @ 2:54 pm

Florida’s Governor Rick Scott ran his
winning campaign on the slogan, “Let’s get to Work.”  Floridians better
listen to those words and obey.  Unemployment benefits, no matter what,
will not be the same in Florida in 2011.  House Finance and Tax
committee passed a bill in February 2011 that makes significant changes
to Florida’s unemployment compensation system and reduces initial
benefits from 26 weeks to 20.  In addition, the bill will deny claimants
benefits for employee “misconduct,” force workers to accept job offers
that pay at least 80 percent of their previous wage, or to accept any
offer that paid as much as their unemployment benefit, once they’ve been
out of work for more than 12 weeks.

There is much uproar about
the reduction of benefits to claimants.  Nevertheless, other propose
changes are coming. In May 2011, the Florida Senate is expected to vote
on SB728.  This legislation that would make substantial changes to the
state’s unemployment system, but not reduce benefits by six weeks like
the House version.  It is unclear which version will be successful or
what the final impact will be on claimant’s benefits and employers’ 
taxes.  But a change is going to come.

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