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Short-Time Compensation Program for Florida Employers

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on March 21, 2020

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is reminding employers of the State’s short-time compensation program to help employers retain their employees during this work slowdown by encouraging job sharing, rather than a total layoff of an employee.

The program permits prorated reemployment assistance benefits to employees whose work hours and earnings are reduced as part of a Short Time Compensation plan to avoid total layoff of some employees.

Short Time Compensation benefits are payable when normal hours of work are reduced from 10-40 percent. Each week that Short Time Compensation benefits are claimed, at least 10 percent of the employees from the total staff or within a particular unit must be working reduced hours.

Short-Time Compensation Program for Florida Employers

The goals of the program are:

  • Employees retained during a temporary slowdown can resume high production levels when business conditions improve and are spared the hardships of full unemployment.
  • Employers avoid the expense of recruiting, hiring, and training new workers when business conditions improve.
  • Employers who must permanently reduce their workforce can use the program as a transition to layoff. Affected employees may continue to work at reduced levels with an opportunity to find other employment before the expected layoff.

For complete information, go to FDEO Short Time Compensation Program for Employers And in the event that you simply can’t retain employees, please be certain that they know how to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance.

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