Unemployment Compensation, n/k/a Reemployment Assistance

In 2012, Florida changed the name of the Unemployment Compensation Law to the Reemployment Assistance Program Law.  The law provides that employees who separate from employment and are otherwise eligible for benefits are disqualified from receiving benefits if the employee was terminated for misconduct or voluntarily left work without good cause attributable to the employer.  Other recent amendments to the law include an expanded definition of misconduct and the elimination of “double-dipping” by employees who receive severance pay.  In the latter case, employees will not receive benefits for any week that their severance pay is equal to or greater than their weekly benefit amount.