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FL Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Legislation Regarding Vaccine Mandates
In response to the federal government’s recently created COVID-19 vaccine mandates, Governor Ron DeSantis signed bills that affects the impact of this new legislation for the state of Florida. The bills passed during the legislature special session on November 15-17, related to employee protections and parental rights relating to COVID.  The...
Florida’s New E-Verify Law
On January 1, 2021, Florida joined a growing number of states that mandate some use of E-Verify for certain employers. Last year, Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation that requires all public employers, including local school districts, public universities, and colleges, and state and local agencies, as well as their private contractors, to use...
Use CBD Products? Florida Drug-Free Workplace Implications
Will the use of CBD oils, lotions and pills cause a positive drug test under a Florida Drug-Free Workplace policy? CBD products are growing in popularity across Florida, and so is the potential risk that the inaccurate labeling of THC content in your CBD product will cause surprise drug test failures for employees and applicants.......
Florida Unemployed must Re-certify Every 2 weeks
Governor DeSantis announced over the weekend that unemployed Floridians are required to login to the DEO CONNECT Reemployment portal every two weeks to recertify that they are eligible for benefits. This has caused some confusion from furloughed and laid off employees, because the requirement to search for work was extended to May 30, but this......
Workplace Preparation for “Smart, Safe and Step by Step” Return to Work
On April 29, 2020, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-112 called Safe, Smart, Step by Step Plan for Florida’s recovery.  The plan involves individual responsibility (limiting personal interactions and avoiding large groups), senior citizens and individuals with significant underlying medical conditions are still encouraged to stay hom...
New Florida Anti-Human Trafficking Compliance Requirements!
While massage establishments were a primary focus of Florida’s Anti-Human Trafficking Bill 2019-152, this is not the only industry facing new licensing requirements, which are designed to help expose, prevent and reduce human trafficking suffering and victimization. First, if your business operates under licensing from the Florida Board of Ma...
HR Fitness for 2020 – Needed HR Actions for the New Year
NEW YEAR?  BRING IT!   Put some of that post-holiday energy into your HR process … you can make it easier to get out of the office in time to hit the gym!  Here is a 7 step checklist to make sure HR is prepared for an efficient, organized, successful new year: Step One: Review your......
Can I Hold a Final Paycheck Until the Return of Company Equipment in Florida?
In Florida, a terminating employee must be paid their final paycheck no later than the next regularly scheduled pay date.  So, if your company pays bi-weekly, an employee leaving employment (either through termination or voluntary quit) must be paid on the next pay date.  So, holding a paycheck is not permissible.  If you are terminating......
Need to track subcontractor Work Comp coverage in Florida?
For Contractors working in Florida, the Division of Workers’ Compensation offers several databases that show the workers’ compensation insurance coverage by Florida companies, including construction contractors.  Best of all, these tracking and information sources are free to use.  As a back up to the physical collection of insurance ...
How to set up online New Hire Reporting in Florida
All Florida employers are required to report new hire information to the State of Florida. Online reporting is faster, easier, free and reduces the risk of error or unreadable information on paper-based forms.  Here is how to set it up: Go to the New Hire Reporting website. Click the “register” button Click on the “employer”......
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