Karen Gates, General Counsel   

The Office of the General Counsel provides legal services for all divisions of the department. Legal services include rendering legal advice and opinions to department staff in the areas of strategic business development, community development, workforce services, unemployment compensation, and finance and administration.

The Office of the General Counsel oversees the department’s response to all public records requests, assists in drafting and reviewing agency contracts, and handles all litigation involving the department. The General Counsel is the department’s designated chief ethics officer and the department’s contact person for public records/open government.

Office of the General Counsel Services

Final Orders

View and download Office of the General Counsel and Office of Workforce Services Final Orders.

Rule Information

View a list of Rules related to Workforce Programs, Florida Unemployment Compensation Tax, and Procedures.

Department Code of Ethics

Review information about the Code of Ethics and access a training presentation designed for department staff.


  • Office of the General Counsel 

    Fax: 850-921-3230

    107 East Madison Street
    Caldwell Bldg., MSC 110
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-4128
  • Ethic Complaints

  • Public Records Request

     850- 245-7140
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