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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.......
EEOC updates FAQs on Screening Employees for COVID-19 and Handling Medical Information
There was an update for employers from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on September 8. After public feedback, the EEOC updated several answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about how employers should comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) during the COVID-19 pandemic. What was updated? FAQ A6 (COVID-19 testi...
Asphalt Company Wins Work Comp Case – 5 Tips You Can Use
A Florida asphalt contractor recently benefited from having effective human resource policies.  It avoided paying disability benefits to an injured employee (his skid steer loader was hit by a dump truck) that refused to return to suitable work.  In Florida, an injured employee is entitled to Temporary Partial Disability benefits (hereinafter TPD...
Terminating an Employee for Misconduct While They Receive Florida Workers’ Comp
We were recently asked by a client about whether or not an employee on workers’ compensation can be terminated for misconduct. I said yes, but explained that to cut off workers’ compensation benefits the “misconduct” must meet a special definition.  An employee with a workplace injury is expected to follow company policy and co...
OSHA Changes Enforcement – When to Report COVID-19 Cases at Work
On May 19, OSHA updated its enforcement guidance to employers (and Compliance Officers) with respect to the recording of occupational illnesses, specifically coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. In mid-April, OSHA previously advised that most employers (except healthcare employers) did not have an obligation to analyze whether an employee’s COVI...
COVID-19 Safety at Construction Sites
In Florida, general contractors, construction trades, subcontractors and other construction related businesses have continued to operate during the “safer at home” orders because they were designated as essential businesses. There is also some evidence that working outside, in the sunlight may actually slow the spread of COVID. The CDC ...
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...
Coronavirus Guidance for Florida Employers
Due to the spread of Coronavirus, President Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis have declared a state of emergency and are asking employers to monitor the situation and take action to help slow and stop the spread of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued interim guidance to businesses and employers......
18 Actions to Lower Workers’ Comp Rates for Florida Contractors
From our work with Florida construction companies and specialty trades in the last ten years, we have identified 18 proven action items that will shrink the risk of costly workers’ compensation claims and lower the mod rate of Florida contractors. Here are the top four actions that will make a difference: Improve the hiring process......
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