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Florida Death of Employee: What you need to know

Wages, travel expenses, reemployment assistance or unemployment compensation owed to a deceased employee may be paid directly to the employee's surviving spouse or, if there is no spouse, to the employee's children over the age of 18. If there are no children, payment may go to the employee's mother or father (FL Stat. Sec. 222.15et seq.). Florida's attorney general has issued an opinion letter indicating that payment for accrued sick or annual leave constitutes "wages" and may be paid to a deceased employee's surviving family in accordance with the law (FL AGO 2009-03).
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Reviewed August 2015.

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