Florida Senate - 2013 SB 726 By Senator Simmons 10-00537B-13 2013726__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the regulation of family or medical 3 leave benefits for employees; providing definitions; 4 prohibiting a political subdivision from requiring or 5 otherwise regulating family or medical leave benefits 6 for employees; preempting regulation of family or 7 medical leave benefits to the state; establishing 8 certain family or medical leave benefits for specified 9 employees; providing that the act does not prohibit a 10 political subdivision from establishing family or 11 medical leave benefits for its employees; providing 12 that the act does not prohibit a federally authorized 13 or recognized tribal government from requiring family 14 or medical leave benefits under certain conditions; 15 providing an effective date. 16 17 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 18 19 Section 1. Ordinances relating to family or medical leave 20 benefits for employees.— 21 (1) As used in this section, the term: 22 (a) “Employee” and the term “employer” have the same 23 meanings as established in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act 24 of 1938, 29 U.S.C. s. 203. 25 (b) “Family or medical leave” means a period of absence 26 from employment, paid or unpaid, used by an employee to deal 27 with a health condition or seek medical attention, to assist 28 another person dealing with a health condition or seeking 29 medical attention, or to give birth to or adopt a child. 30 (c) “Political subdivision” means a county, municipality, 31 department, commission, special district, board, or other public 32 body, whether corporate or otherwise, created by or under state 33 law. 34 (2) A political subdivision may not require an employer to 35 provide family or medical leave benefits to an employee and may 36 not otherwise regulate such leave. For purposes of uniform 37 application of this section throughout the state, with the 38 exception of family or medical leave benefits regulated under 39 federal law or regulations, the regulation of family and medical 40 leave benefits is expressly preempted to the state. 41 (3) In addition to any family or medical leave benefits 42 available to an employee pursuant to applicable federal or state 43 laws, an employee who has worked for an employer in this state 44 for a total of 12 months and has worked a minimum of 1,250 hours 45 over the previous 12 months, is entitled to the following 46 rights: 47 (a) An employee may be absent from his or her employment 48 for up to 5 days during a calendar year, without risk of 49 termination, in the event of the illness of the employee or a 50 dependent child of the employee which is documented by a signed 51 letter from a licensed medical professional. 52 (b) An employee may, without risk of termination, leave 53 work for up to 1 day during a calendar year due to a medical 54 emergency involving the employee, a dependent child of the 55 employee, the employee’s spouse, or a member of the household 56 which is documented by a signed letter from a licensed medical 57 professional which attests to the existence of a medical 58 emergency. 59 (c) An employee may, in consultation with his or her 60 employer, obtain an adjustment of the employee’s work schedule 61 in order to accommodate up to a total of five doctor or dentist 62 appointments each calendar year for the employee or a dependent 63 child of the employee. The employee shall provide reasonable 64 notice to his or her employer of the appointments. 65 (d) As a condition of receiving the benefits specified in 66 paragraphs (a)-(c), an employer may provide, and require an 67 employee to participate in, a wellness or preventive health care 68 program. 69 (4) This section does not limit the authority of a 70 political subdivision to establish family or medical leave 71 benefits for the employees of the political subdivision. 72 (5) This section does not prohibit a federally authorized 73 and recognized tribal government from requiring family or 74 medical leave benefits for a person employed within a territory 75 over which the tribe has jurisdiction. 76 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.