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Record Group Number: 000389
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Creator: Florida Industrial Commission.
Title, Dates: Florida Industrial Commission record group.
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Biographical/Historical Note:     The Florida Industrial Commission was created in 1935 to administer the Workmen's Compensation Act (Ch. 17481, Laws of Florida).  In 1937, its functions were broadened by the Unemployment Compensation Act (Ch. 18402, Laws).  It was organized into the Divisions of Workmen's Compensation, Unemployment Compensation, and Employment Service.  It maintained a statewide system of free public employment offices.  It operated in cooperation with the U.S. Social Security Board as required by the federal Social Security Act of 1935.  In addition, the Commission enforced laws relating to child labor, elevator inspection, apprentice training, and licensing of private employment agencies.
    During World War II, all state employment services were federalized under the President's Office of Emergency Management (Public Law 549, 79th Congress).  The Commission's Employment Service Division and the Florida State Employment Service offices were loaned to the federal government under this act on January 1, 1942 and operated as the United States Employment Service in Florida.  In April, 1942, the War Manpower Commission was created (Executive Order No. 9139) and the United States Employment Service and its state divisions were transferred to its control.  The Florida Industrial Commission regained control of the employment service division and offices on November 16, 1946.

    In 1969, the Commission was abolished and the Industrial Relations Commission was established to oversee cases relating to the Workmen's Compensation and Unemployment Compensation Acts (Ch. 69-106, Laws).  The other duties of the Commission were assumed by the Division of Labor and Employment Opportunities, Dept. of Commerce.
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