Florida Layoff laws & HR compliance analysis

Florida Layoff: What you need to know

Florida follows the requirements of the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act).
The WARN Act imposes restrictions on the way layoffs are handled. It is designed to give employees advance notice of a layoff in order to find another job or to seek retraining in a new occupation and to give the state adequate preparation to assist the affected workers.
A comprehensive discussion of the WARN Act is available.
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Florida has implemented the federal Workforce Investment Act,(now the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), which creates a comprehensive workforce development system that provides assistance to jobseekers and employers. The WIOA system is designed to:
• Streamline services through One-Stop Career Centers;
• Provide universal access to the One-Stop system and to employment-related services;
• Increase accountability;
• Create a strong role for Regional Workforce Boards and the private sector; and
• Provide state and local flexibility.
Additional information about Florida's WIOA program can be obtained at http://www.floridajobs.org.
Florida has instituted a voluntary Short Time Compensation Program (STC) designed to help employers maintain their staff by reducing weekly hours of employees instead of laying them off during a temporary slowdown in business. Under the program, full-time employees with reduced hours can receive partial unemployment compensation benefits. To be eligible for the program:
• Employers must use reduced hours as a temporary solution to avoid a temporary layoff;
• Participating employees must be full-time (at least 32 hours per week prior to Short Time Compensation ...

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