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HB 1183CS


1The Committee on Appropriations recommends the following:
3     Committee Substitute
4     Remove the entire bill and insert:
A bill to be entitled
6An act relating to unemployment compensation for spouses
7of members of the military; amending s. 443.101, F.S.;
8providing eligibility for unemployment compensation
9benefits for the spouses of a member of the military under
10certain circumstances beginning on a date certain;
11providing an effective date.
13Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
15     Section 1.  Paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of section
16443.101, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
17     443.101  Disqualification for benefits.--An individual
18shall be disqualified for benefits:
19     (1)(a)  For the week in which he or she has voluntarily
20left his or her work without good cause attributable to his or
21her employing unit or in which the individual has been
22discharged by his or her employing unit for misconduct connected
23with his or her work, based on a finding by the Agency for
24Workforce Innovation. As used in this paragraph, the term "work"
25means any work, whether full-time, part-time, or temporary.
26     1.  Disqualification for voluntarily quitting continues for
27the full period of unemployment next ensuing after he or she has
28left his or her full-time, part-time, or temporary work
29voluntarily without good cause and until the individual has
30earned income equal to or in excess of 17 times his or her
31weekly benefit amount. As used in this subsection, the term
32"good cause" includes only that cause attributable to the
33employing unit or which consists of illness or disability of the
34individual requiring separation from his or her work. Any other
35disqualification may not be imposed. An individual is not
36disqualified under this subsection for voluntarily leaving
37temporary work to return immediately when called to work by the
38permanent employing unit that temporarily terminated his or her
39work within the previous 6 calendar months. For benefit years
40beginning on or after July 1, 2004, an individual is not
41disqualified under this subsection for voluntarily leaving work
42to relocate as a result of his or her military-connected
43spouse's permanent change of station orders, activation orders,
44or unit deployment orders.
45     2.  Disqualification for being discharged for misconduct
46connected with his or her work continues for the full period of
47unemployment next ensuing after having been discharged and until
48the individual has become reemployed and has earned income of at
49least 17 times his or her weekly benefit amount and for not more
50than 52 weeks that immediately follow that week, as determined
51by the Agency for Workforce Innovation in each case according to
52the circumstances in each case or the seriousness of the
53misconduct, under the agency's rules adopted for determinations
54of disqualification for benefits for misconduct.
55     Section 2.  This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.

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