Terms Used In Florida Statutes > Chapter 509 > Part II
Able to work: means physically and mentally capable of performing the duties of the occupation in which work is being sought. See Florida Statutes 509.417
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 509.417
Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
Annuity: A periodic (usually annual) payment of a fixed sum of money for either the life of the recipient or for a fixed number of years. A series of payments under a contract from an insurance company, a trust company, or an individual. Annuity payments are made at regular intervals over a period of more than one full year.
Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
Attachment: A procedure by which a person's property is seized to pay judgments levied by the court.
Attorney-at-law: A person who is legally qualified and licensed to practice law, and to represent and act for clients in legal proceedings.
Available for work: means actively seeking and being ready and willing to accept suitable work. See Florida Statutes 509.417
Base period: means the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters immediately preceding the first day of an individual's benefit year. See Florida Statutes 509.417
Benefit year: means , for an individual, the 1-year period beginning with the first day of the first week for which the individual first files a valid claim for benefits and, thereafter, the 1-year period beginning with the first day of the first week for which the individual next files a valid claim for benefits after the termination of his or her last preceding benefit year. See Florida Statutes 509.417
Benefits: means the money payable to an individual, as provided in this chapter, for his or her unemployment. See Florida Statutes 509.417
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 509.417
client: means a party who has contracted with an employee leasing company to provide a worker, or workers, to perform services for the client. See Florida Statutes 509.417
Common law: The legal system that originated in England and is now in use in the United States. It is based on judicial decisions rather than legislative action.
Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
Contribution: means a payment of payroll tax to the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund which is required under this chapter to finance reemployment assistance benefits. See Florida Statutes 509.417
Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
Credit bureau: An agency that collects individual credit information and sells it for a fee to creditors so they can make a decision on granting loans. Typical clients include banks, mortgage lenders, credit card companies, and other financing companies. (Also commonly referred to as consumer-reporting agency or credit-reporting agency.) Source: OCC
Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
Director: means the Director of the Division of Hotels and Restaurants of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. See Florida Statutes 509.013
Division: means the Division of Hotels and Restaurants of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. See Florida Statutes 509.013
duration: means the period of time from the commencement to the completion of the particular job or project. See Florida Statutes 509.417
Earned income: means gross remuneration derived from work, professional service, or self-employment. See Florida Statutes 509.417
Educational institution: means an institution, except for an institution of higher education:
(a) In which participants, trainees, or students are offered an organized course of study or training designed to transfer to them knowledge, skills, information, doctrines, attitudes, or abilities from, by, or under the guidance of, an instructor or teacher;
(b) That is approved, licensed, or issued a permit to operate as a school by the Department of Education or other governmental agency that is authorized within the state to approve, license, or issue a permit for the operation of a school; and
(c) That offers courses of study or training which are academic, technical, trade, or preparation for gainful employment in a recognized occupation. See Florida Statutes 509.417
Electronic funds transfer: The transfer of money between accounts by consumer electronic systems-such as automated teller machines (ATMs) and electronic payment of bills-rather than by check or cash. (Wire transfers, checks, drafts, and paper instruments do not fall into this category.) Source: OCC
Employee leasing company: means an employing unit that has a valid and active license under chapter 468 and that maintains the records required by…. See Florida Statutes 509.417
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 509.417
Entitlement: A Federal program or provision of law that requires payments to any person or unit of government that meets the eligibility criteria established by law. Entitlements constitute a binding obligation on the part of the Federal Government, and eligible recipients have legal recourse if the obligation is not fulfilled. Social Security and veterans' compensation and pensions are examples of entitlement programs.
Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
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 509.417
Gift: A voluntary transfer or conveyance of property without consideration, or for less than full and adequate consideration based on fair market value.
High quarter: means the quarter in an individual's base period in which the individual has the greatest amount of wages paid, regardless of the number of employers paying wages in that quarter. See Florida Statutes 509.417
Injunction: An order of the court prohibiting (or compelling) the performance of a specific act to prevent irreparable damage or injury.
Institution of higher education: means an educational institution that:
(a) Admits as regular students only individuals having a certificate of graduation from a high school, or the recognized equivalent of a certificate of graduation;
(b) Is legally authorized in this state to provide a program of education beyond high school;
(c) Provides an educational program for which it awards a bachelor's or higher degree, or provides a program that is acceptable for full credit toward a bachelor's or higher degree; a program of postgraduate or postdoctoral studies; or a program of training to prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation; and
Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
Leave of absence: means a temporary break in service to an employer, for a specified period of time, during which the employing unit guarantees the same or a comparable position to the worker at the expiration of the leave. See Florida Statutes 509.417
Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
Monetary determination: means a determination of whether and in what amount a claimant is eligible for benefits based on the claimant's employment during the base period of the claim. See Florida Statutes 509.417
Nolo contendere: No contest-has the same effect as a plea of guilty, as far as the criminal sentence is concerned, but may not be considered as an admission of guilt for any other purpose.
Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
One-stop career center: means a service site established and maintained as part of the one-stop delivery system under…. See Florida Statutes 509.417
Oversight: Committee review of the activities of a Federal agency or program.
person: includes individuals, children, firms, associations, joint adventures, partnerships, estates, trusts, business trusts, syndicates, fiduciaries, corporations, and all other groups or combinations. See Florida Statutes 88.6011
Personal property: All property that is not real property.
Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
political subdivision: include counties, cities, towns, villages, special tax school districts, special road and bridge districts, bridge districts, and all other districts in this state. See Florida Statutes 88.6011
Public employer: means :
(a) A state agency or political subdivision of the state;
(b) An instrumentality that is wholly owned by one or more state agencies or political subdivisions of the state; or
(c) An instrumentality that is wholly owned by one or more state agencies, political subdivisions, or instrumentalities of the state and one or more state agencies or political subdivisions of one or more other states. See Florida Statutes 509.417
Real property: Land, and all immovable fixtures erected on, growing on, or affixed to the land.
Reasonable assurance: means a written or verbal agreement, an agreement between an employer and a worker understood through tradition within the trade or occupation, or an agreement defined in an employer's policy. See Florida Statutes 509.417
Recess: A temporary interruption of the legislative business.
Reemployment assistance: means cash benefits payable to individuals with respect to their unemployment pursuant to the provisions of this chapter. See Florida Statutes 509.417
Reimbursement: means a payment of money to the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund in lieu of a contribution which is required under this chapter to finance reemployment assistance benefits. See Florida Statutes 509.417
Reimbursing employer: means an employer who is liable for reimbursements in lieu of contributions under this chapter. See Florida Statutes 509.417
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 509.417
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 509.417
State law: means the unemployment insurance law of any state, approved by the United States Secretary of Labor under…. See Florida Statutes 509.417
Summons: Another word for subpoena used by the criminal justice system.
Temporary layoff: means a job separation due to lack of work which does not exceed 8 consecutive weeks and which has a fixed or approximate return-to-work date. See Florida Statutes 509.417
Trust account: A general term that covers all types of accounts in a trust department, such as estates, guardianships, and agencies. Source: OCC
Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.
unemployed: means :
(a) An individual is "totally unemployed" in any week during which he or she does not perform any services and for which earned income is not payable to him or her. See Florida Statutes 509.417
User fees: Fees charged to users of goods or services provided by the government. In levying or authorizing these fees, the legislature determines whether the revenue should go into the treasury or should be available to the agency providing the goods or services.