A bill to prevent a patchwork of regulations will be heard by the Senate Government Oversight and Accountability Committee on Tuesday. The bill, SB 432 sponsored by Senator Joe Gruters, will prohibit local governments from adopting regulations related to conditions of employment, including: background checks, hours of work and scheduling, job classifications, and salary information. Florida already preempts minimum wage and employment benefits, such as paid sick leave, to the state.
Labor unions like the ACLU have long supported county and state employer mandates. Furthermore, some local governments believe they have the authority to regulate business activities even if they take place across multiple jurisdictions. In Florida, such an effort could lead to different mandates from one county to the next. In a state with 67 counties and 412 cities, the reams of regulatory paperwork required could force small businesses to shed jobs, and even permanently close their doors.
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