Brandon Legal Group,
In response to a huge number of questions from our clients in regards to the Covid-19 virus and legal issues from Worker's Compensation to Business Insurance.
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Our attorneys work diligently to ensure your case is handled with the utmost care and respect for your time and of course, your wallet. We truly believe that each client deserves the highest quality representation possible, and we provide personal attention at each stage of the legal process.
The Coronavirus Pandemic is a fluid situation, all information on this page relative to the Coronavirus comes from third party sources, and should be considered purely informational.
This information was current at the time of publication, however new actions are being taken at the Federal, State and Local government levels and the content may not be current as of the moment you are viewing the page.
Do not make any legal decisions based on the information on this page.
Consult with an attorney if you have specific legal questions regarding your present legal situation and the Coronavirus.
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Meetings by phone or video conference only at this time.
Employment Issues with Coronavirus
|Does Florida have a paid leave law?||No|
|Can I make a sick employee use accrued paid sick leave?||NA/There is no Paid Leave Law|
|If the State mandates paid sick leave. Can I make a WELL employee use accrued paid sick leave?||NA/There is no Paid Leave Law|
|Does Florida maintain a state insured paid sick leave insurance program?||No|
|Can I make a sick employee apply for benefits?||NA/There is no Paid Leave Law|
|Will the State approve an application for benefits from a WELL employee while in isolation or otherwise not allowed to work?||NA/There is no Paid Leave Law|
|My Company offers paid sick leave, having nothing to do with Florida Paid Leave. Can I make a sick employee use accrued paid sick leave?||Yes*|
|My Company offers paid sick leave, having nothing to do with Florida Paid Leave. Can I make a WELL employee use accrued paid sick leave?||Yes*|
|My Company offers paid vacation or PTO. Can I make employees use this accrued paid time to cover any period of absence?||Yes*|
|My Company offers paid vacation or PTO. To save money right now, can the Company prohibit employees from using this accrued paid time during an absence?||Yes*|
|Is there any other Florida law that would require Employers to pay employees who are self-quarantined?||No|
|Is there any other Florida law requiring Employers to pay employees who have been required to quarantine for any reason?||No|
|Does Florida have any laws governing furloughs?||No|
|Does Florida require Employers to preserve sick, vacation or PTO balances while on furlough?||No*|
|Does Florida require Employers to allow Employees to continue to accrue PTO, vacation or sick leave while on furlough?||No*|
|Does Florida have law that may require Employers to pay out some or all accrued leave to Employees at the time of furlough?||No*|
|Is there a Florida law that requires some period of notice before reducing an employee's pay? (Note-no state will support reducing pay after work is performed)||No|
This Chart is not designed to give legal guidance. All businesses should bear in mind that while Florida may not have a specific law on any of the specific points, there may be obligations under Federal and Local laws. Employers should consult with legal counsel for guidance specific to their business, industry, location and employees.
* indicates Florida may not have a directly applicable law, employers should defer to any contracts, written policies, procedures and precedents in this area.
** indicates Florida may not have a directly applicable law for reimbursements, there may be another law governing minimum wage and permissible costs to employees or deductions that must be considered.
We would like to acknowledge the efforts of Fisher Phillips LLP for providing the base data for this report.
Insurance Issues with Coronavirus
This memorandum directs insurers to:
- Use every channel available to them to communicate with their policyholders and share official CDC and DOH information;
- Devote resources to inform consumers of available benefits, quickly respond to inquiries, and avoid and dispel misinformation;
- Work with public health officials to do everything possible to prepare and respond; and
- Consider all practicable options to reduce the barriers of cost-sharing for testing and treatment of COVID-19.
- Please read Informational Memorandum OIR-20-01M here
The OIR issued Informational Memorandum OIR-20-0 to all insurers and entities regulated by the office to provide general guidance on the treatment of policyholders as part of the state’s ongoing efforts to protect Floridians. Guidance within this memorandum includes:
Leniency on Premium Payments
Regulated entities are encouraged, when prudently possible, to be flexible with premium payments in order to avoid a lapse in coverage. Regulated entities are encouraged to only consider cancellation of policies if all possible efforts to work with consumers to continue coverage have been exhausted.
Removing Exclusions on Certain Personal Auto Exclusions
Many insureds may be temporarily utilizing their personal automobile for purposes that might otherwise be considered commercial use. Regulated entities are encouraged to consider allowing such use for insureds, provided that such use is limited to the duration of the Emergency Orders.
Underwriting and Claims Inspections
Regulated entities, agents, consumers, and employers are strongly encouraged to explore virtual options for underwriting and adjusting claims in lieu of in-person property inspections and for premium audits of employers’ records.
OIR has provided guidance on general considerations regulated entities can make, including electronic communications, teleworking, and utilizing electronic signatures. In addition, OIR is granting a 30-day extension for any annual statements due to be filed with OIR by a regulated entity on or before May 1, 2020, for the following regulated entities:
Health maintenance organizations pursuant to section 641.26, Florida Statutes;
- Health maintenance organizations pursuant to section 641.26, Florida Statutes;
- Insurance administrators pursuant to section 626.89, Florida Statutes;
- Continuing care providers pursuant to section 651.026, Florida Statutes; and
- Multiple-employer welfare arrangements pursuant to section 624.442, Florida Statutes.
Please read Informational Memorandum OIR-20-04M here.
Following Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-52 declaring an emergency in the state of Florida in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) issued Informational Memorandum OIR-20-02M to all health insurers, health maintenance organizations and other health entities authorized to do business in Florida as a reminder of Florida law regarding early prescription refills.
- Please read Informational Memorandum OIR-20-02M here
We would like to acknowledge the efforts of the Florida Office Of Insurance Regulation for providing the base data for the above report.
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Mr. Mattson found his niche in family law and has focused his practice in that area since 2000. In particular, Luke often handles matters involving divorce, timesharing, parenting plans, child support, alimony, paternity, and civil domestic violence.
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Our skill sets allow us to provide many legal services to our clients and to resolve complex legal issues that are often intertwined. We are able to leverage our internal resources to maintain most matters in-house with a few exceptions where we can call on experienced colleagues for assistance. Without the need to outsource most matters, we have the opportunity to settle your matter more quickly and cost efficiently.
Brandon Legal Group is a full service Tampa Bay trial law firm that represents clients throughout the state of Florida. Our ultimate goal is to protect your rights and pursue the best available legal outcome. With more than 60 years of combined legal experience, BLG is well qualified to pursue the best legal outcomes for clients of varying needs.