Governor Rick Scott signed a bill blocking local governments from legislating to offer sick pay.
The Republican governor sided with Walt Disney World, Darden Restaurants, the Florida Chamber of Commerce and a broad array of powerful business interests that argued the ban was needed to avoid a patchwork of local employment rules for companies.
“This bill fosters statewide uniformity, consistency and predictability in Florida’s employer-employee relationships,” Scott said in a statement. “These fundamental elements are essential to ensuring a business-friendly environment that supports job creation.”
Labor and progressive groups have made recent pushes for mandatory paid sick time in Orange and Miami-Dade counties to help out lower-paid workers who don’t often get that benefit. Businesses mostly opposed to the idea say it overreaches into a comp