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
Articles Discussing General Topics In Florida Employment Law.
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.”
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.
On August 18, 2022, U.S. District Judge Mark E. Walker issued a preliminary injunction blocking part of a Florida’s H.B. 7, known as the Individual Freedom Act (IFA), which prohibits employers from requiring employees to undergo a training “that espouses, promotes, advances, inculcates, or compels” employees to believe any of
Invoking the “upside down world” depicted in Netflix drama, Stranger Things, the federal District Court for the Northern District of Florida blocked Florida’s Individual Freedom Act (IFA) on constitutional grounds. Honeyfund.com Inc. v. Ron DeSantis et al., No. 4:22-cv-00227 (N.D. Fla. Aug. 18, 2022).
Florida’s new Miya’s Law, Fla. Stat. 83.515, imposes background screening and other specific requirements on landlords regarding their employees who work in apartments that can be classified as “nontransient” or “transient.”
There are two key cases pending before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida on Florida’s “Stop W.O.K.E. Act”: the Falls, et al. v. DeSantis, et al., matter (No. 4:22-cv-00166) and the Honeyfund.com, et al. v. DeSantis, et al., matter (No. 4:22-cv-00227). The Northern District of Florida has issued its first order on the Act, which went into effect on July 1, 2022.
As we reported previously, Governor DeSantis signed the “Stop WOKE” Act into law on Friday, April 22, 2022. Ten minutes later, five individuals, including three teachers, a student, and an individual consultant who provides diversity, equity & inclusion (DE&I) training to employers, filed a lawsuit in the Northern District
Governor Ron DeSantis has signed HB 7, nicknamed the “Stop W.O.K.E. Act,” which stands for “Stop the Wrongs to Our Kids and Employees.”
On Friday, April 22, 2022, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the “Stop WOKE” Act (HB 7) (“the Act”) into law. The Act has drawn national attention and debate, as it creates legal restrictions and prohibitions on what public and private employers can say or promote in workplace trainings tied to race, color, sex, and/or national origin. The Act could have potentially significant implications for employers wishing to cover topics like structural racism, white/male privilege and unconscious bias in workplace anti-discrimination and diversity and inclusion trainings.
On April 22, 2022, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law so-called “anti-woke” legislation, amending the Florida Civil Rights Act and potentially limiting the ability of employers to include discussions of “implicit bias” or systemic racism in workplace training relating to diversity, non-discrimination, and non-harassment. The bill becomes effective
On April 18, 2022, a Federal District Court struck down the CDC’s Mask Mandate that had required masking during travel throughout the United States concluding that the order exceeded the CDC’s statutory authority and failed
In the early 1990s, roughly two percent of American workers were subject to mandatory arbitration agreements with their employers.
In the early 1990s, roughly two percent of American workers were subject to mandatory arbitration agreements with their employers. By 2018, that number was closer to sixty percent. But while pre-dispute mandatory arbitration agreements have become the norm for many employers, recent legislative actions are chipping away at the scope and breadth of such provisions. Coupled with the rising cost of arbitration, is it time for employers to consider alternatives? In Florida, one such alternative is the enforcement of jury trial waiver provisions for employment-related disputes. This article will address the current state of law regarding mandatory pre-dispute arbitration agreements and make a case as to why Florida employers should consider transitioning to using jury trial waivers instead.
After the passage of Florida Statute 381.00317 on November 17, 2021, employers with employees in Florida were left with new rules relating to COVID-19 vaccination policies, in many instances contrary to the signaled direction of federal government rules and guidance. Moreover, this new Florida law includes vague language, few