Are You Entitled To A Break At Work?

Generally, no. In Florida, minors cannot work more than four consecutive hours without a 30-minute uninterrupted break. However, if you are an adult you are not entitled to work breaks, except in certain regulated occupations, like commercial truck driving. Breaks for adults are at the discretion of the employer and are usually established by company…

At What Age Can A Minor Begin Work?

Minors can begin working for a business entity at the age of 14, but are limited in the types of jobs they may perform and the hours they may work. For more information regarding the limitations of working minors, and your rights under the child labor law, contact the Child Labor Section of Florida’s Department…

Can A Potential Employer Check Your Background?

Yes, but employers must comply with the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act when using background checks done by consumer reporting agencies.  See https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/pdf-0044-background-checks.pdf.  For certain occupations, Florida law specifies the type and level of checks to be conducted. If an employer conducts a background check and determines you are disqualified for the position based on…

What Are Some Of The Illegal Reasons That Employers Cannot Use As A Basis For Firing Someone?

It is illegal for an employer to refuse to hire, fire, or otherwise take adverse action against you because of your race, sex, age, religion, national origin, handicap, disability, marital status, pregnancy, jury service, or possessing the sickle cell trait.[1] In addition, Florida has laws prohibiting retaliation against certain whistleblowers by both public and private…

How Do Laws Regulate Workplace Safety?

You can expect to work in a safe environment. Private employers may be fined for unsafe working conditions under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). The Florida Workers’ Compensation law[1] provides protection for workers injured on the job. If you are injured, you must notify your employer immediately to ensure your rights are…

Will You Be Given A Written Employment Contract?

Typically, no. Most employers do not issue written contracts because Florida is an “at will” employment state. At-will employees may be terminated for any reason, except for an illegal reason. Likewise, at-will employees may resign their employment at any time for any reason. Generally, employees who do work under an employment contract (which includes a…