Dept. of Labor looking at changes to Florida’s unemployment law

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A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Labor confirmed Thursday that the agency is looking into changes in Florida’s unemployment law that some advocates for jobless Floridians had challenged, reports the News Service of Florida.

“If any state is found to be out of compliance, we will work with them to develop and implement a corrective action plan,” said a statement emailed by spokesman Jason Kuruvilla. In a filing with the Department of Labor last week, the National Employment Law Project and Florida Legal Services blasted changes to the process for applying for or receiving benefits, including the requirement of a 45-question test.

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