Executive Summary: On May 10, 2023, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law a new immigration bill, SB 1718. While the wide ranging bill has implications on a variety of subjects from health care, driver’s licenses and human smuggling, this alert will focus on its employment related implications. The new law places Florida among the 20 states that require E-Verify for some or all employees. Beginning on July 1, 2023, private employers with more than 25 employees will be required to use E-Verify for all new hires. Notably, Florida public employers and contractors have been required to use E-Verify since January 1, 2021.
Articles Discussing General Topics In Florida Employment Law.
Florida’s New Law Overhauls Public Sector Labor Laws Related to Dues Deduction and Labor Organization Registration
Executive Summary: On May 9, 2023, Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law Senate Bill 256, which overhauls Florida’s Public Employees Relations Act, implementing significant changes to procedures related to dues authorization and deduction, registration requirements, and certification procedures for public employers and public sector labor unions. However, labor unions representing law enforcement officers, correctional officers, correctional probation officers, and firefighters are exempted from most of the provisions of the new law.
Florida to Require Employers to Use E-Verify
As of July 1, 2023, all private employers in Florida with 25 or more employees will be required to use E-Verify, the federal government’s database for verifying work authorization. Enforcement of this new E-Verify requirement will begin one year after enactment on July 1, 2024.
These employers also must:
Florida Governor Signs Senate Bill 1718 Into Law
On May 10, 2023, Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law Senate Bill (SB) 1718, immigration-related legislation that will require employers to use the E-Verify system and will impose criminal penalties on individuals transporting undocumented immigrants into Florida.
Florida’s Governor Signs Bill to Defund DEI Initiatives at Colleges
Governor Ron DeSantis has signed Senate Bill (SB) 266, officially prohibiting the state’s public colleges and universities from spending state or federal money on programs or campus activities that advocate for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). The legislation aims to replace “niche subjects” like Critical Race Theory (CRT) and
How Will Florida’s New Immigration Law Affect Private Employers?
On May 10, 2023, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law a new immigration bill (SB 1718) that will make sweeping changes for private employers with 25 or more employees. Passed by the Florida Senate on April 28, 2023 and by the Florida House of Representatives on May 2,
Florida Bill 1718 Would Require Some Employers to Use E-Verify System
The Florida legislature recently passed Senate Bill (SB) 1718 , which, if signed into law, would require both private employers with twenty-five or more employees and public employers in Florida to use the E-Verify system to verify the employment eligibility of new employees starting July 1, 2023.
Senate Bill 1718 Stops Short of Criminalizing the Transport of Undocumented Immigrants Within Florida
Senate Bill (SB) 1718 has been approved by both chambers of the Florida Legislature, but section 787.07, which had included criminal penalties for transporting undocumented immigrants, has been modified.
Changes to Florida’s Name, Image, and Likeness Rules
Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) opportunities have been a hot topic in college sports since the summer of 2021. In July 2021, the NCAA released an Interim NIL Policy. Before then, individual states had passed laws allowing college athletes to enter NIL deals. Florida was one of the earliest
The New Wave of Florida Telephone Solicitation Act Litigation
With advances in technology and business marketing come changes in the law and new litigation. Many businesses are familiar with the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) but may be less familiar with Florida’s version, the Florida Telephone Solicitation Act (FTSA). A recent wave of class-action lawsuits stems from a
Florida Bill Would Ramp Up Penalties Against Public Employers Hiring Undocumented Workers
The Florida Legislature recently introduced legislation (Senate Bill (SB) 1718) that would ramp up the penalties imposed on counties and municipalities that “knowingly employ, hire, recruit, or refer, either for herself or himself or on behalf of another, for private or public employment within the state, an alien who is
“Stop-WOKE” Takes Aim at Florida’s Colleges and Universities
Florida’s most recent anti-“WOKE” legislation places diversity-related work and diversity-focused positions on state campuses under threat.
Gainesville First City in Florida to Pass Fair Chance Hiring Law Restricting Private Employers’ Use of Criminal History
The city of Gainesville has passed a Fair Chance Hiring law governing an employer’s use and consideration of a job applicant’s criminal history in making employment decisions. In light of these changes, covered employers with operations in Gainesville that use criminal records to vet candidates should consider a
“Stop and Go: Where Things Stand with Florida’s Stop WOKE Act”
Florida has made national news in the employment law sphere over the past six months with the passage, implementation, and temporary enjoinment of HB7, also called the Individual Freedom Act or “Stop WOKE Act.”
Federal Court Grants Preliminary Injunction to Halt Enforcement of Florida’s Stop WOKE Act
On August 18, 2022, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida entered a preliminary injunction ordering state officials in Florida to take no steps to enforce HB7, or the “Stop WOKE Act,” while the court considers the merits of the case.