TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Following Gov. Ron DeSantis in Clearwater to call a special COVID-19 legislative session, the governor’s office released a list of key topics on which lawmakers from state focus at the next legislative meeting.
The main goal of the session is to strengthen existing laws or draft new ones that will offer additional protections to Floridians regarding COVID-19 vaccine mandates and employees facing what the governor’s office calls challenges. “unfair and discriminatory” actions by employers.
DeSantis and state leaders have pledged new measures both in the legislature and in the courts to challenge vaccine requirements and mask warrants as a federal vaccination deadline for state government employees- United is getting closer, especially for various branches of the US military.
The following are proposed protection goals for lawmakers to consider at the next special session of the Florida General Assembly:
- If someone is fired from their job for refusing an employer-required COVID-19 vaccine, then that person should be eligible for re-employment assistance.
- If someone has an adverse medical reaction to an employer-required COVID-19 vaccine, then that person should be eligible for workers’ compensation coverage.
- If an employer fires someone based on an arbitrary COVID-19 vaccination mandate, they should not enjoy the benefits of current COVID-19 liability protections.
- If an employer fires a person solely on the basis of COVID-19 vaccine status, that company cannot enforce a non-compete agreement against the employee.
- Employers must notify employees of religious and health exemptions. Dismissed employees should have the right to sue if employers fail to provide such notice.
- WD will establish a program to connect employees made redundant due to COVID-19 vaccine status with other employment opportunities.
- Reaffirm that government entities, including school districts, cannot fire any employee based on COVID-19 vaccine status. Offending government entities should be held accountable.
Additionally, the governor told Clearwater he would work with the legislature to strengthen protections for parental rights set out in the Parents Bill of Rights.
In information released by the governor’s office, these protections are described as focusing on the freedom of parents to manage health care decisions for their children, despite “several school districts [who] continue to violate state law.
The statement also says additional protections are needed to hold districts accountable for violating these laws, citing data on COVID-19 infections over the past 12 to 14 months that show no correlation between requirements. masks and infection rates in the state of Florida.
Shortly after the governor’s announcement about the special session, the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives issued the following statement, confirming that state lawmakers were in communication with the governor about the session. proposed.
This morning, Governor DeSantis announced that he plans to convene the Legislative Assembly in extraordinary session. At this time, we have not received the dates or details regarding the proposed calls. We are in communication with the Governor’s Office and our partners in the Senate, and will share details with you as they emerge.
Statement from Speaker of the House Chris Sprows on Special Legislative Session for COVID-19 Laws