A state Senate panel passed a bill that, in the words of its supporters, levels the playing field for companies in Florida’s unemployment compensation system, where claims decisions are currently liberally construed in favor of people seeking benefits.
A state Senate panel passed a bill that, in the words of its supporters, “levels the playing field” for companies in Florida’s unemployment compensation system, where claims decisions are currently “liberally construed” in favor of people seeking benefits. #
The bill would broaden the definition of employee misconduct that can be used to disqualify people seeking benefits and eliminate the presumption that decisions about whether to pay benefits should be tilted in favor of people who lose their jobs, among other changes. It also increases requirements for the unemployed to prove they are looking for work. #
Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, said the bill will reduce “fraud and abuse” in the system and make it “as fair as we can humanly possibly be.” #
She said she’s satisfied with the Senate’s version, but is open to other changes, such as provisions that would require people receiving benefits to do community service. #
Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, said requiring the unemployed to perform community service could be good for their mental well-being, helping to keep them from languishing in despair while they’re out of work. #
The Palm Beach Post reports that Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon says it is certain that another round of belt-tightening is in order when lawmakers reconvene Jan. 10. State economists have predicted a $2 billion shortfall for the upcoming year.
As companies in Florida face an increase in minimum payments for unemployment insurance, business groups are looking to convince lawmakers to impose stricter standards on laid-off employees seeking jobless benefits.