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Briefs: Around the States

Magazine article HRMagazine

Briefs: Around the States

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For state workplace law developments, visit

www.shrm.org/LegalIssues/StateandLocalResources

FLORIDA: WORKERS' COMPACT RULED UNCONSTITUTIONAL

A Miami judge declared the nearly 80-year-old Florida Workers' Compensation Act unconstitu- tional in August. Under the Florida law, workers injured on the job must seek benefits under the workers' compensation system. Except in unusual circumstances, they cannot sue their employers. In a case involving a government worker, Circuit Judge Jorge E. Cueto concluded that the state legislature had so diminished medical care and wage-loss benefits for injured workers that the statute violates employees' "fundamental" rights.

CALIFORNIA: EMPLOYERS MUST PAY FOR CELLPHONE USE

Employers must reimburse employees for phone bills when employees are required to use their personal cellphones for work, a Cali- fornia appellate court ruled in August. If the actual cost cannot be determined-for example, if an employee has a personal cellphone plan with unlimited minutes-the court ruled that the employer will be required to reimburse the employee for a "reasonable percentage" of the phone bill, although it did not provide guidance on what that percentage should be. …

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