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6-13-19

Victims of domestic violence may receive unemployment under new Florida law

CS/HB 563


Staff Reports


Good news for victims of domestic violence — Approved and signed on June 7 by Governor Ron DeSantis, this Bill will go into effect on July 1, 2019.


The summary of CS/HB 563 states that it provides that an individual may not be disqualified from receiving reemployment/unemployment assistance benefits if he or she voluntarily leaves work as a direct result of circumstances related to domestic violence.


The bill states that as long as the victim can provide evidence such as an injunction, a protective order, or other documentation authorized by state law which reasonably proves that domestic violence has occurred and reasonably believe that he or she is likely to be the victim of a future act of domestic violence at, in transit to, or departing from his or her place of employment.


An individual who is otherwise eligible for benefits under this sub-subparagraph is ineligible for each week that he or she no longer meets such criteria or refuses a reasonable accommodation offered in good faith by his or her employing unit. The employment record of an employing unit may not be charged for the payment of benefits to an individual who has voluntarily left work under this bill’s qualifying conditions.