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02 Jul

June 2020 Florida HR Legal Updates

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Florida Emergency Order Restricts Sale of Alcohol for On-Site Consumption

What happened?
The Secretary of Florida’s Department and Professional Regulation has passed an emergency order restricting the sale of alcohol for on-site consumption.

What are the details?
An emergency executive order was signed on June 26, 2020, that limited the sale of alcohol for on-site consumption. If a vendor is licensed to sell alcohol for consumption on-site, and they make more than 50% of their gross revenue from those sales, the vendor may no longer sell alcohol for consumption on-site. The vendor can still sell for pick up/consumption elsewhere.

Restaurants may continue to provide on-premises consumption of alcohol if they make 50% or less gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages that are consumed on-site. They must also still comply with Executive Order 20-139, which mandates they stay at 50% capacity indoors and outdoor dining must still practice social distancing measures.

The emergency executive order can be found here.

Executive Order 20-139 can be found here.

What do employers need to do?
Vendors in Florida that make over 50% of their revenue from selling alcohol for on-site consumption should adjust their business practices to accommodate pick up/takeout orders. Restaurants should keep an eye on how much revenue they are generating through alcohol sales and continue complying with the capacity reduction and social distancing measures enforced by Executive Order 20-139.

Summary of State Laws (Q1 &Q2 2020)

Pinellas County Wage Theft Notice
Effective February 7, 2020, employers must provide written notice to employees at the time of hire and to all employees who work for the employer as of the date of the ordinance and in the future, containing:

  • The rate or rates of pay and basis thereof, whether paid by the hour, shift, day, week, salary, piece, commission, or otherwise, including any rates for overtime, as applicable
  • Allowances, if any, claimed as part of the minimum wage, including meal or lodging allowances
  • The regular payday designated by the employer
  • The name of the employer, including any “doing business as” names used by the employer
  • The physical address of the employer’s main office or principal place of business, and a mailing address, if different
  • The employer’s telephone number

 Employers must also provide the written notice to an employee whenever anything in the original written notice changes within seven calendar days after the time of the changes.


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