(1) Each of the following employing units is an employer subject to this chapter:

(a) An employing unit that:

1. In a calendar quarter during the current or preceding calendar year paid wages of at least $1,500 for service in employment; or
2. For any portion of a day in each of 20 different calendar weeks, regardless of whether the weeks were consecutive, during the current or the preceding calendar year, employed at least one individual in employment, irrespective of whether the same individual was in employment during each day.

Terms Used In Florida Statutes 443.1215

  • Agricultural labor: means any remunerated service performed:
    (a) On a farm, in the employ of any person, in connection with cultivating the soil or in connection with raising or harvesting any agricultural or horticultural commodity, including the raising, shearing, feeding, caring for, training, and management of livestock, bees, poultry, and fur-bearing animals and wildlife. See Florida Statutes 520.42
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Calendar quarter: means each period of 3 consecutive calendar months ending on March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31 of each year. See Florida Statutes 520.42
  • Employer: means an employing unit subject to this chapter under…. See Florida Statutes 520.42
  • Employing unit: means an individual or type of organization, including a partnership, limited liability company, association, trust, estate, joint-stock company, insurance company, or corporation, whether domestic or foreign; the receiver, trustee in bankruptcy, trustee, or successor of any of the foregoing; or the legal representative of a deceased person, which has or had in its employ one or more individuals performing services for it within this state. See Florida Statutes 520.42
  • Employment: means a service subject to this chapter under…. See Florida Statutes 520.42
  • Fund: means the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund created under this chapter, into which all contributions and reimbursements required under this chapter are deposited and from which all benefits provided under this chapter are paid. See Florida Statutes 520.42
  • Reemployment assistance: means cash benefits payable to individuals with respect to their unemployment pursuant to the provisions of this chapter. See Florida Statutes 520.42
  • service provider: means the state agency providing reemployment assistance tax collection services under contract with the Department of Economic Opportunity through an interagency agreement pursuant to…. See Florida Statutes 520.42
  • State: includes the states of the United States, the District of Columbia, Canada, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. See Florida Statutes 520.42
  • Wages: means remuneration subject to this chapter under…. See Florida Statutes 520.42
  • Week: means a period of 7 consecutive days as defined in the rules of the Department of Economic Opportunity. See Florida Statutes 520.42
(b) An employing unit for which service in employment, as defined in s. 443.1216(2), is performed, except as provided in subsection (2).
(c) An employing unit for which service in employment, as defined in s. 443.1216(3), is performed, except as provided in subsection (2).
(d)1. An employing unit for which agricultural labor, as defined in s. 443.1216(5), is performed.
2. An employing unit for which domestic service in employment, as defined in s. 443.1216(6), is performed.
(e) An individual or employing unit that acquires the organization, trade, or business, or substantially all of the assets of another individual or employing unit, which, at the time of the acquisition, is an employer subject to this chapter, or that acquires a part of the organization, trade, or business of another individual or employing unit which, at the time of the acquisition, is an employer subject to this chapter, if the other individual or employing unit would be an employer under paragraph (a) if that part constitutes its entire organization, trade, or business.
(f) An individual or employing unit that acquires the organization, trade, or business, or substantially all of the assets of another employing unit, if the employment record of the predecessor before the acquisition, together with the employment record of the individual or employing unit after the acquisition, both within the same calendar year, is sufficient to render an employing unit subject to this chapter as an employer under paragraph (a).
(g) An employing unit that is not otherwise an employer subject to this chapter under this section:

1. For which, during the current or preceding calendar year, service is or was performed for which the employing unit is liable for any federal tax against which credit may be taken for contributions required to be paid into a state unemployment fund.
2. Which, as a condition for approval of this chapter for full tax credit against the tax imposed by the Federal Unemployment Tax Act, is required under the federal act to be an employer that is subject to this chapter.
(h) An employing unit that became an employer under paragraph (a), paragraph (b), paragraph (c), paragraph (d), paragraph (e), paragraph (f), or paragraph (g) and that remains an employer subject to this chapter, as provided in s. 443.121.
(i) During the effective period of its election, an employing unit that elects to become subject to this chapter.
(2)(a) In determining whether an employing unit for which service, other than domestic service, is also performed is an employer under paragraph (1)(a), paragraph (1)(b), paragraph (1)(c), or subparagraph (1)(d)1., the wages earned or the employment of an employee performing domestic service may not be taken into account.
(b) In determining whether an employing unit for which service, other than agricultural labor, is also performed is an employer under paragraph (1)(a), paragraph (1)(b), paragraph (1)(c), or subparagraph (1)(d)2., the wages earned or the employment of an employee performing service in agricultural labor may not be taken into account. If an employing unit is determined to be an employer of agricultural labor, the employing unit is considered an employer for purposes of paragraph (1)(a).
(3) An employing unit that fails to keep the records of employment required by this chapter and by the rules of the Department of Economic Opportunity and the state agency providing reemployment assistance tax collection services is presumed to be an employer liable for the payment of contributions under this chapter, regardless of the number of individuals employed by the employing unit. However, the tax collection service provider shall make written demand that the employing unit keep and maintain required payroll records. The demand must be made at least 6 months before assessing contributions against an employing unit determined to be an employer that is subject to this chapter solely by reason of this subsection.
(4) For purposes of this section, if a week includes both December 31 and January 1, the days of that week through December 31 are deemed a calendar week, and the days of that week beginning January 1 are deemed another calendar week.