Florida Unemployment Compensation laws & compensation compliance analysis

Florida Unemployment Compensation: What you need to know

Virtually all employers are subject to unemployment insurance taxes under Florida’s Reemployment Assistance Program Law (FL Stat. Sec. 443.011 et seq.). For example, coverage extends to individuals and organizations that:
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• Employed one or more workers for some portion of a day in each of 20 different calendar weeks during the current or preceding calendar year;
• Paid $1,500 in wages in any calendar quarter during the current or preceding calendar year;
• Acquire the assets of a covered employer;
• Are tax-exempt nonprofit organizations that employed four or more people for some portion of a day in each of 20 or more weeks during the current or preceding calendar year;
• Employed agricultural workers and paid them wages of $10,000 or more during any quarter of the current or preceding calendar year or employed five or more workers for some portion of a day in each of 20 different calendar weeks;
• Employed domestic servants in a private home, local college club, or local chapter of a college fraternity or sorority and paid them wages of $1,000 or more in any quarter during the current or preceding calendar year; and
• Voluntarily elected to provide coverage for employees (FL Stat. Sec. 443.1215).
The law excludes certain services from coverage, including, for example, services provided by:
• Students working for schools, colleges, or universities;
• Students working for work-study programs;
• Real estate and insurance salespersons;
• Barbers paid solely by commission;
• Student nurses;
• Hospital interns;
• Certain newspaper distributors (e.g., minors);
• Casual laborers; and
• Persons working on a fishing vessel weighing 10 tons or less (FL Stat. Sec. 443.1216).
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