View Full Version : Need help with Florida labor laws.

Lingering Grin
03-01-2009, 12:47 AM
Ok, I tried searching through a couple government sites, but I can't make any sense of them.

Could anyone give me a link regarding Florida Labor Laws, specifically anything dealing with required breaks, bathroom usage, accommodations for people with medical issues, and (if possible) Air Conditioning usage?

Sounds like a weird grouping of subjects, but I'm trying to help my sister out :p

03-01-2009, 03:48 AM

that poster should be posted in your workplace or her workplace in the breakroom and explains everything.


or ask them. If anything, message me and ask specifically, I live in Tampa and know most things.

03-01-2009, 05:07 AM
If anything, message me and ask specifically, I live in Tampa and know most things.

Just because that becomes a dare :D

How many people (residents and tourists) decide to find out if their dashboard really is hot enough to fry an egg each August?

03-01-2009, 03:55 PM
maybe 365000? dunno. I do know when they are going to Busch Gardens, most of them DON'T know where they are going. PAin in the butt on the road out here. And then if they go to HOS and you work there, they seem to be the most drunk too.

Fox One
03-02-2009, 09:41 PM
I live in Miami. The only thing I can tell you is that, for a normal, healthy person (no medical conditions or special circumstances), employers are NOT legally required to give a break regardless of the duration of the shift.

03-02-2009, 11:06 PM
Here is a site that may answer the questions: http://www.laborlawtalk.com/archive/index.php/f-58.html

Also: http://www.stateofflorida.com/Portal/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=10

I would suggest she call the local employment office or the state main line and ask for the information.

03-03-2009, 08:27 PM
I am still being heckled to this day after finding the CA law that said an employee provided rest room had to be kept at 68 degrees F or higher. Dammit, I got tired of walking into a freezer to do my business! :P

03-03-2009, 11:42 PM
Dammit, I got tired of walking into a freezer to do my business! :P

The difficult part is finding your business in a freezer.:angel:

03-04-2009, 04:28 AM
The difficult part is finding your business in a freezer.:angel:

Oi, ain't that the truth. Having to talk Mr. Winky down after having been outside in -30 weather is not my idea of fun. :lol: :D

03-04-2009, 08:03 PM
Aren't there federal work laws too?

03-05-2009, 03:08 AM
Aren't there federal work laws too?

In the US, usually the State laws are stricter than the Federal ones.

03-09-2009, 01:41 AM
Depends on what the laws are about, too.

For instance, I'm pretty sure that OSHA (which is federal) has stricter laws about workplace temperatures than most states.
I once worked in a place that received a mild warning from an OSHA inspector: told him he had to buy an air conditioner by the following summer, because it was 120 degrees (F) in the store in August. (Pizza delivery)

03-13-2009, 07:14 PM
Bathroom breaks are covered under federal law. Basically employers have to provide reasonable access to the bathroom and can't keep you waiting for access. I posted a link to the information in one of Snugglegirl's threads.

Medical issues are also covered under federal law under the ADA, which requires employers make "reasonable accomodations" for employees with medical conditions or disabilities. Time off needed for a medical condition would also be covered under federal law under FMLA.

I believe that the federal government is silent about breaks and air-conditioning. So you would need to look under Florida law to see if they have any laws governing those issues.

States are welcome to expand on these requirements. But states cannot pass laws that go against what the federal government requires. For example a state may have HIGHER minimum wage than required under federal law, but no state may pass a law allowing payment of a smaller minimum wage than the federal government requires.

So always look at the federal employer requirements first. Then check the state to see if they have any requirements in addition to the federal ones.