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HB 1183

A bill to be entitled
2An act relating to unemployment compensation for spouses
3of members of the military; amending s. 443.101, F.S.;
4providing eligibility for unemployment compensation
5benefits for the spouses of a member of the military under
6certain circumstances; providing an effective date.
8Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
10     Section 1.  Paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of section
11443.101, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
12     443.101  Disqualification for benefits.--An individual
13shall be disqualified for benefits:
14     (1)(a)  For the week in which he or she has voluntarily
15left his or her work without good cause attributable to his or
16her employing unit or in which the individual has been
17discharged by his or her employing unit for misconduct connected
18with his or her work, based on a finding by the Agency for
19Workforce Innovation. As used in this paragraph, the term "work"
20means any work, whether full-time, part-time, or temporary.
21     1.  Disqualification for voluntarily quitting continues for
22the full period of unemployment next ensuing after he or she has
23left his or her full-time, part-time, or temporary work
24voluntarily without good cause and until the individual has
25earned income equal to or in excess of 17 times his or her
26weekly benefit amount. As used in this subsection, the term
27"good cause" includes only that cause attributable to the
28employing unit or which consists of illness or disability of the
29individual requiring separation from his or her work. Any other
30disqualification may not be imposed. An individual is not
31disqualified under this subsection for voluntarily leaving work
32to relocate as a result of his or her military-connected
33spouse's permanent change of station orders, activation orders,
34or unit deployment orders. An individual is not disqualified
35under this subsection for voluntarily leaving temporary work to
36return immediately when called to work by the permanent
37employing unit that temporarily terminated his or her work
38within the previous 6 calendar months.
39     2.  Disqualification for being discharged for misconduct
40connected with his or her work continues for the full period of
41unemployment next ensuing after having been discharged and until
42the individual has become reemployed and has earned income of at
43least 17 times his or her weekly benefit amount and for not more
44than 52 weeks that immediately follow that week, as determined
45by the Agency for Workforce Innovation in each case according to
46the circumstances in each case or the seriousness of the
47misconduct, under the agency's rules adopted for determinations
48of disqualification for benefits for misconduct.
49     Section 2.  This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.

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