Places of Public Accommodation Accessibility
On June 23, 2017, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed legislation (H.B. 727) relating to the accessibility of places of public accommodation. The law authorizes qualified experts to advise and provide inspections for places of public accommodation for the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance purposes. The law also:
- Authorizes owners of a place of public accommodation (owners) to file a certificate of conformity or remediation plan with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation and provides the requirements for how to do so.
- Provides protections for owners who attempt remediation or are found in compliance with the law.
The law is effective July 1, 2017.
Read FL H.B. 727
Medical Marijuana Provisions
On June 23, 2017, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed legislation (S.B. 8a) relating to medical use of marijuana. Effective January 3, 2017, the Florida Constitution allows the medical use of marijuana by qualified patients. A qualified patient is an individual with debilitating medical conditions as determined by a licensed Florida physician. Under the legislation, which implements the already effective law, permitted areas for the medical use of marijuana does not include a qualified patient’s place of employment, except when permitted by the employer. Additionally, the law does not:
- Limit the ability of an employer to establish, continue, or enforce a drug-free workplace program or policy.
- Require an employer to accommodate the medical use of marijuana in any workplace or any employee working while under the influence of marijuana.
- Create a cause of action against an employer for wrongful discharge or discrimination.
The law is effective June 23, 2017.
Read FL S.B. 8a