New AGA Legislative Update May 2023

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RIA’s AGA Legislative Task Force is responsible for monitoring legislation across the United States that may impact restoration professionals in the areas of mold remediation, pesticide application, contractor laws & regulations, prevailing wage and more. The following update is being provided to help RIA members stay informed of key legislative developments.

Florida
Florida SB 1718 was signed into law on May 10, 2023.

SB 1718 Summary

Prohibiting counties and municipalities, respectively, from providing funds to any person, entity, or organization to issue identification documents to an individual who does not provide proof of lawful presence in the United States; specifying that certain driver licenses and permits issued by other states exclusively to unauthorized immigrants are not valid in this state; requiring certain hospitals to collect patient immigration status data information on admission or registration forms; requiring the Department of Economic Opportunity to enter a certain order and require repayment of certain economic development incentives if the department finds or is notified that an employer has knowingly employed an unauthorized alien without verifying the employment eligibility of such person, etc.

What This Means for Employers
  • Employers are required to verify a new employee’s employment eligibility within three business days after the first day the new employee begins working for pay.
  • Private employers with 25 or more employees must use the federal E-Verify system to verify a new employee’s employment eligibility starting on July 1.
  • Employers cannot continue to employ an unauthorized alien after obtaining knowledge that a person is or has entered the county illegally.
  • It is unlawful for any person to knowingly employ, hire, recruit or refer, either for herself or himself or on behalf of another, for private or public employment within the state, a “foreign national” who is not authorized to work in the U.S.
  • The law now makes it a third-degree felony for anyone who knowingly or who reasonably should know that they are transporting immigrants who entered the country illegally into Florida.
  • This law defines Human Smuggler as any person who knowingly and willfully transports an undocumented individual into the state, who knows or who “reasonably should have [known]” the individual’s immigration status.
  • Violating the new law could result in a series of escalating penalties that could lead to the state suspending or revoking all licenses to operate their business.

Click HERE to view a full list of legislative updates.

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