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HB 1183

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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 beginning on a date certain;
7providing an effective date.
8
9Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
10
11     Section 1.  Paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of section
12443.101, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
13     443.101  Disqualification for benefits.--An individual
14shall be disqualified for benefits:
15     (1)(a)  For the week in which he or she has voluntarily
16left his or her work without good cause attributable to his or
17her employing unit or in which the individual has been
18discharged by his or her employing unit for misconduct connected
19with his or her work, based on a finding by the Agency for
20Workforce Innovation. As used in this paragraph, the term "work"
21means any work, whether full-time, part-time, or temporary.
22     1.  Disqualification for voluntarily quitting continues for
23the full period of unemployment next ensuing after he or she has
24left his or her full-time, part-time, or temporary work
25voluntarily without good cause and until the individual has
26earned income equal to or in excess of 17 times his or her
27weekly benefit amount. As used in this subsection, the term
28"good cause" includes only that cause attributable to the
29employing unit or which consists of illness or disability of the
30individual requiring separation from his or her work. Any other
31disqualification may not be imposed. An individual is not
32disqualified under this subsection for voluntarily leaving
33temporary work to return immediately when called to work by the
34permanent employing unit that temporarily terminated his or her
35work within the previous 6 calendar months. For benefit years
36beginning on or after July 1, 2004, an individual is not
37disqualified under this subsection for voluntarily leaving work
38to relocate as a result of his or her military-connected
39spouse's permanent change of station orders, activation orders,
40or unit deployment orders.
41     2.  Disqualification for being discharged for misconduct
42connected with his or her work continues for the full period of
43unemployment next ensuing after having been discharged and until
44the individual has become reemployed and has earned income of at
45least 17 times his or her weekly benefit amount and for not more
46than 52 weeks that immediately follow that week, as determined
47by the Agency for Workforce Innovation in each case according to
48the circumstances in each case or the seriousness of the
49misconduct, under the agency's rules adopted for determinations
50of disqualification for benefits for misconduct.
51     Section 2.  This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.


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