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December 3rd, 2020 by Mike Vasilinda

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Going Up Package Script

The Florida Chamber says it has been told by the State that unemployment taxes will go up next year by almost two hundred percent, but as Mike Vasilinda tells us, the state is so far mum on the increase.

Supers: Tallahassee

0:20-0:23 Sot: Carolyn Johnson

FL Chamber

0:35-0:45 Sot: Carolyn Johnson

FL Chamber

0:56-1:02 Mike Vasilinda

1:07-1:16 Sot: Carolyn Johnson

FL Chamber

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Anchor Tag: The Chamber says the increase will be particularly hard after a higher minimum wage kicks in on September first next year.

Going Up Package Script:

On March first, Florida’s trust fund for paying unemployment claims sat at just over four billion. At the end of November, it was down more than 75 percent to just under a billion. 

To replenish the fund, the Florida Chamber says the state has told it minimum rates will increase by almost 200 percent.

Sot: Carolyn Johnson

FL Chamber

“This is coupled with businesses hurting due to the pandemic.”

Employers with the best record will see the tax go from seven dollars an employee to twenty dollars and thirty cents. Carolyn Johnson is the Director of Business, Economic Development & Innovation Policy at the Florida Chamber.

Sot: Carolyn Johnson

FL Chamber

“Every employer that’s not at the minimum or maximum will have a rate based based off the number of layoffs over the last three years.”

The Chamber says it was given the new rates by the Department of Revenue, but the Department hasn’t officially released anything and did not respond to email and phone requests. 

Mike Vasilinda Standup

“The January hike is a far cry from the great recession when the lowest rate skyrocketed by more than a hundred dollars per employee.”

But the chamber says it is still a big hit to businesses.

Sot: Carolyn Johnson

FL Chamber

“If  you’re an employer with a hundred employees, you’re seeing a thirteen hundred dollar tax increase that you might not have expected coming January one. 

The Chamber says layoffs because of the pandemic will not count against an employers record because an executive order exempted them.

VO/SOT: Workers Comp Costs:

Florida’s higher than usual unemployment is reaping one benefit for businesses. With fewer people working, and more working from home, workers compensation costs for businesses is going down. The state has approved a six point six percent decrease next year.  First. Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis says it is one more reason Florida is a good place to operate a business.

Sot: Jimmy Patronis

FL CFO

“As we’ve seen with automobile insurance, fewer claims lead to the carriers rolling out discounts back to the policy holders so this is the same thing. I run risk management for the state and out risk management department has seen fewer workers comp claims because fewer people are working in their typical occupations and they are tele-working, so again, fewer hazards of the job.”

The decrease applies to new and policies in effect on January first.

Going Up LOOK LIVE

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The Florida Chamber says it has been told by the State that unemployment taxes will go up next year by almost two hundred percent, but as Mike Vasilinda tells us, the state is so far mum on the increase.

Supers:

0:00-0:13 Mike Vasilinda

0:21-0:24 Nat sot

0:37-0:46 Sot: Carolyn Johnson

FL Chamber

0:47-1:00 Mike Vasilinda

Anchor Tag: The Chamber says it was given the new rates by the Department of Revenue, but the Department hasn’t officially released them and did not respond to email and phone requests. New rates will take effect January first.

Going Up LOOK LIVE Script:

“Before the pandemic began, Florida’s trust fund for paying unemployment claims was over four billion dollars.. At the end of November, it was down more than 75 percent to less than a billion.” 

To replenish the fund, the Florida Chamber says the state has told it minimum rates will increase by almost 200 percent.

Nat sot

“This is coupled with businesses hurting due to the pandemic.”

Employers with the best record will see payments jump from seven dollars an employee to twenty dollars and thirty cents per worker. Carolyn Johnson is the Director of Business, Economic Development & Innovation Policy at the Florida Chamber.

Sot: Carolyn Johnson

FL Chamber

“Every employer that’s not at the minimum or maximum will have a rate based based off the number of layoffs over the last three years.”

MV:” Next years 13 dollar and thirty cent increase per employee is a far cry from the great recession when the lowest rate skyrocketed by more than a hundred dollars an employee.”

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