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Legally Required Benefits: Florida

Legally Required Benefits requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Francis P. Morley

Summary

  • Unemployment insurance is a nationwide program created to provide partial wage replacement to unemployed workers while they conduct an active search for work. Unemployment insurance is a joint federal-state program based on federal law and executed through state law. See Florida Reemployment Assistance Program Law.
  • Unemployment compensation is a legally required benefit in Florida, and most Florida employers are subject to the Florida Reemployment Assistance Program Law. See Florida Reemployment Assistance Program Law.
  • Employers that are not required to pay unemployment tax may elect to voluntarily provide unemployment coverage for their workers. See Florida Reemployment Assistance Program Law.
  • Nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, and Indian tribes are given the option of paying their unemployment insurance costs by the contribution method or the reimbursement method. See Florida Reemployment Assistance Program Law.
  • Claimants must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits and/or may be disqualified from receiving benefits. See Eligibility and Disqualification.
  • Employers are subject to certain recordkeeping requirements. See Recordkeeping Requirements.
  • Florida's short-time compensation program helps employers retain employees who would otherwise have to be laid off. See Short-Time Compensation Program.