What Other Resources Are Available?

An excellent source of information is the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s website https://floridadep.gov/  The home page lists regulatory plans, public notices, pending legislation, news articles, and educational calendars.  Your local police and fire departments may also have information regarding disposal of waste and amnesty programs.    

Recommended Practices

Reduce your use of plastic and paper packaging (grocery bags and water bottles), consume less potable water with restrictive shower heads and low volume toilets. Irrigate only when necessary. Use native flora and landscaping near your home. Use energy efficient lighting and AC systems as needed. See more tips at https://floridadep.gov/osi. Many animals and birds…

Environmental Awareness

Many products used in daily home and business activities are considered hazardous and MUST be contained and disposed of legally. Examples include: used crankcase oil, AC coolants, and engine fluids solvents and pool chemicals batteries and electronic hardware paper and plastic packaging herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers medicines and medical packaging Federal and Florida laws require…

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…