A bill has been proposed in the Florida Legislature that would make domestic abuse victims eligible for unemployment benefits. The individual will have to verify that they have left their job in order to evade domestic abuse. They will also be responsible for proving they made a reasonable effort to maintain employment such as, for example, asking to be transferred. An injunction proving domestic violence would also be necessary to be eligible for unemployment benefits.

According to Florida House of Representative Staff Analysis “The bill may have an indeterminate, though likely insignificant fiscal impact on the state local governments. The fiscal impact to the private sector is indeterminate.”

If the bill is passed, Florida will become the 42nd state to enact similar legislation. Information on the bill can be found here on the Florida Senate website: https://bit.ly/2ViEPe1