Will I 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. Generally, employees who do work under an employment contract (which includes a union contract for workplaces that have unions) can only be terminated for reasons…

Details

How Do Laws Regulate Your Workplace?

? 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. 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…

Details

So What are Some of the Illegal Reasons That Employers Cannot Use as a Basis for Firing Someone?

Generally, Florida employers are prohibited from refusing to hire, fire, or otherwise taking adverse action against employees because of discrimination based on your race, sex, age, religion, national origin, handicap, disability, marital status, pregnancy, jury service, or possessing the sickle cell trait.[1] In addition, Florida also has laws prohibiting retaliation against certain whistleblowers by both…

Details

Can A Potential Employer Check My 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…

Details

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…

Details

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. Once an employee reaches 18 years of age, neither state nor federal law makes provisions for breaks, except in certain regulated occupations, like commercial truck drivers. Breaks for adults are at the discretion of the employer and are…

Details