Scott's Plans for Cutting of Unemployment Comp.

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

Rick Scott's economic development transition team has recommended cutting off unemployment compensation for jobless Floridians who don't spend enough time looking for work.

The panel also suggested that they be required to do community work if they can't find jobs after 12 weeks.

Those are among recommendations designed to reduce unemployment compensation costs.

Florida employers are facing a major increase in the tax they pay into the program due to Florida's high unemployment rate. It's been just under 12 percent for the last few months.


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  • by Just stop firing people on Dec 31, 2010 at 08:27 AM
    GV, Ok but if the state then wants those people to come back and pick up trash as supposed community service, they need to put them on their payroll not make the workmans comp insurance responsible for paying them. Watch the video.
  • by GV Location: Ga on Dec 30, 2010 at 04:53 AM
    Well the state needs to fire more people.There are too many state employees already.That is one reason Fl is so broke.Why should tax payers have too pay six people to watch one person operate a shovel.And don't tell me that is not true,because I can see pretty good.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 28, 2010 at 04:27 PM
    GV, they have updated/change this article. They did state his advisory board had recomended people still on unemployment after 12 weeks be required to to work doing communuty service as a condition for getting the unemployment.
  • by Just stop firing people. on Dec 28, 2010 at 04:16 PM
    GV, If people work for you, you, not the unemployment office, owes them a paycheck. If the people work for the state, the division of state they work for owes them a paycheck, not the unemployment insurance. Not all unemployed people worked for a "company" some of them worked for the state. It is not right for the state to fire people and then have them come back and work for them off their book and on to the unemployment office books. Payroll should be funded by the division of state they are working under, not by the unemployment insurance. That is not the purpose of that insurance. It is insurance fraud. This practice will encourage the state to fire more people and cause the employers in the private sector to have to pay higher insurance premiums.
  • by GV Location: Ga on Dec 28, 2010 at 12:07 PM
    Why don't you idiots read the article.Nowhere does it say anything about people having to go back and work for the company that they got fired from for free.You people are true idiots.Nowhere does it say anything about anybody working for free.It says they will do community service,which is like picking up trash or something like that,and if you recieve a check each week,then you won't be working for free.
  • by Stop firing people. on Dec 28, 2010 at 03:31 AM
    To my opinion, Nobody will have a job, if the governor creates free labor for employers. If you work for somebody they do owe you something, a salary. It sounds like to me the “folks” that expect to be taken care of are the employers sitting on the Governor’s advisory boards, expecting they are owed free labor. We are sitting on our butts, because the employers fired us so they could have us come back to work for them for free. You are awarding their bad behavior. The employers need to be told to stop firing people and if they continue to create this unemployment catastrophe, they will start having to pay hire taxes but currently what is happening is the more people they fire the more government incentives they get.
  • by Why would you pay for labor if the governor is going to give it to you free. on Dec 28, 2010 at 03:15 AM
    Gravely concerened. If those place need employees then put us on the payroll but if you allow those place to have access to free labor why would they keep paying the employees they have. This practice is going to lead to more firings.
  • by Stop firing people. on Dec 28, 2010 at 03:11 AM
    To Jasper, What is wrong is firing state employees and then having them come back to and work for free as community servants. You better wake up. A government that treat people badly is not selective in the ones they do that too. You will be next. Watch and see. I can show you better then I can tell you.
  • by Stop firing people on Dec 28, 2010 at 03:07 AM
    We were not to good for our last job, but our employers fired us anyway. Now he, not you, has to pay higher unemployment premiums. Oh well. Stop firing people.
  • by Prof. Plum Location: Get a Clue-ville on Dec 27, 2010 at 09:42 AM
    Dunkin Donuts is hiring, or is that too good for you?
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