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CCSHRM Legislative Updates & News

    2017 Workplace Legislation

    HB 31 – Background Screening (a/k/a “Ban the Box”) [Rep. Shevrin Jones (Broward – Dist. 101)]  Prohibits employers from inquiring into an applicant’s criminal history prior to the applicant’s initial interview and prior to making a conditional offer of employment. Excludes: jobs where federal, state or local law require consideration of criminal history; law enforcement; criminal justice; and, volunteers.

    HB 99 – Internship Tax Credit [Rep. Shevrin Jones (Broward – Dist. 101)]  Provides a tax credit of at least $2,000 to employers hiring degree-seeking students as interns.

    SB 160 – Minimum Wage [Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez (Miami-Dade – Dist. 37)] – In addition to the rate of inflation adjustment, increases minimum wage by $1 on January 1, 2018 and by $1.50 each January 1 thereafter through 2021.

    SB 244 - Background Screening by Public Employers (a/k/a “Ban the Box”) [Sen. Jeff Clemens (Palm Beach – Dist. 31)] – Unless otherwise required by law, prohibits public employers from inquiring into an applicant’s criminal history prior to the applicant’s initial interview and prior to making a conditional offer of employment.

    SB 276 & HB 275 – Work Opportunity Tax Credit [Sen. Randolph Bracy (Orange – Dist. 11) & Reps. Ramon Alexander (Gadsden & Polk - Dist. 8) & Patricia Hawkins-Williams (Broward – Dist. 92)] – Provides a tax credit to businesses hiring convicted felons within three years after release from prison or while on probation. 

    SB 410 & HB 319 – Helen Gordon Davis Fair Pay Protection Act [Sen. Linda Stewart (Orange – Dist. 13) & Reps. Lori Berman (Palm Beach – Dist. 90) & Janet Cruz (Hillsborough – Dist. 62)] – Revises an existing law (§448.07) which prohibits wage rate discrimination based on gender to include discrimination based on gender identity. The bills also include prohibitions against “less favorable employment opportunities;” retaliation based on an employee’s discussing wages, inquiring about wages and encouraging others to exercise rights under the law; and pre-employment inquiries by employers relating to an applicant’s prior wages and benefits. Further, the bills create civil penalties for violations.

    HB 443 – E-Verify in Florida [Rep. Joe Gruters (Manatee/Sarasota – Dist. 73) – Requires employers to utilize E-Verify. Failure to comply will result in the employer being placed on probation and having to file quarterly reports with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation for one year. Subsequent non-compliance will result in suspension of the company’s business license. The law also provides for suspension of licenses if it is discovered a business knowingly employed an unauthorized alien. Compliance with E-Verify creates a rebuttable presumption that the employer did not knowingly employ an unauthorized alien.