Tallahassee, FL asked in Workers' Compensation for Florida

Q: Are you able to explain the following Florida Statutes? 443.041 and 443.1715.

Sorry, I was in a rush and didn't realize I didn't add the subsections. I received a copy of a recording of my unemployment appeal hearing and it came with F.S. 443.041(3) (Privileged Communications) and 443.1715(1) (Records and Reports). I was specifically concerned with the phrase in 443.041(3) that says the communications "may not be the subject matter or basis for any suit for slander or libel in any court of the state." I was also concerned about the statement in 443.1715 which mentions violations being a misdemeanor of the second degree. I interpreted 443.041(3) to mean that it could not be used in any lawsuit concerning slander and libel, but I wanted to make sure because I was using it in a discrimination case.

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Domenic J. Celeste
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Domenic J. Celeste
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  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • West Palm Beach, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: To what is this in reference? It's difficult to attempt to answer a question without some context. Also, FS 440 is the workers' compensation statute, so this question may be under the wrong practice type.

Terrence H Thorgaard agrees with this answer

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
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  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: I agree with Mr. Celeste; in general, and among other things, Florida Statute 443.041 provides that an attorney cannot charge you a fee for representing you in a worker' compensation matter. Florida Statute 443.1715 is quite detailed; what don't you understand?

Domenic J. Celeste agrees with this answer

Domenic J. Celeste
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Domenic J. Celeste
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  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • West Palm Beach, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: You may want to change the practice area for your question to employment law so that it gets to attorneys who handle those types of cases. I'd highly recommend that you consult with an attorney who regularly handles unemployment-related cases as this is not a workers' compensation-related matter.

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