Update Applicable to:
All employers in the state of Florida.
On March 14, 2023, the Florida Legislature introduced Senate Bill 1718 (SB 1718), which, if passed, would ramp up the penalties imposed on counties and municipalities that “knowingly employ, hire, recruit, or refer, either for herself or himself or on behalf of another, for private or public employment within the state, an alien who is not duly authorized to work.”
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What are the details?
The bill would amend Title XXXI of the Florida Statutes, Section 448.09, to increase the penalty for public employers for a first violation from $500 to $1,000. Subsequent violations would constitute a second-degree misdemeanor and carry a fine of $2,500 per unauthorized worker.
In addition, the bill would amend the state’s labor law to allow for random audits of a public employer’s employment eligibility documentation by, amongst other agencies, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
The bill would also establish a new provision that an undocumented immigrant who works using false identification documents commits a third-degree felony.
The bill was introduced on March 14, 2023, and was referred to the Senate Committee on Fiscal Policy on March 17. If the bill is enacted, it will become effective on July 1, 2023.
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What do employers need to do?
Employers should review the links provided above and should be on the lookout for any more information regarding this update. Vensure will continue to provide more updates once more news has been received.