Florida Senate - 2022                                    SB 1714
       By Senator Taddeo
       40-00516C-22                                          20221714__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to prohibited employer retaliation
    3         related to COVID-19; creating s. 448.077, F.S.;
    4         prohibiting an employer from taking retaliatory action
    5         against an employee who takes a leave of absence to
    6         quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 and
    7         provides proof of the positive test to the employer;
    8         authorizing an employee to use sick leave for such
    9         quarantine if sick leave is available to the employee;
   10         defining the term “retaliatory action”; providing an
   11         effective date.
   13  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   15         Section 1. Section 448.077, Florida Statutes, is created to
   16  read:
   17         448.077 Retaliation for quarantine related to COVID-19
   18  positive test prohibited.—An employer may not take retaliatory
   19  action against an employee for taking a leave of absence from
   20  the workplace for up to 14 days to quarantine after testing
   21  positive for COVID-19 if the employee provides proof of the
   22  positive test to the employer. If sick leave is available to an
   23  employee, the employee may use such leave for quarantining. For
   24  the purposes of this section, the term “retaliatory action”
   25  means an action such as dismissal, demotion, harassment,
   26  blacklisting with other employers, reducing pay or work hours,
   27  or taking away company housing.
   28         Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.