Florida Senate - 2014 CS for SB 1120 By the Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security; and Senator Abruzzo 583-03192-14 20141120c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to military affairs; creating s. 3 115.135, F.S.; defining terms; prohibiting an 4 employing agency from compelling an employee who is 5 the spouse of a military servicemember to work 6 extended work hours during active military service 7 deployment of his or her spouse under specified 8 circumstances; prohibiting the imposition of a 9 sanction or penalty upon such employee for failure or 10 refusal to work extended work hours during the period 11 of his or her spouse’s active military service 12 deployment under specified circumstances; requiring an 13 employing agency to grant a request by such employee 14 for unpaid leave for certain purposes during the 15 active military service deployment under specified 16 circumstances; providing a limitation on such unpaid 17 leave; authorizing the Department of Management 18 Services to adopt rules; providing an effective date. 19 20 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 21 22 Section 1. Section 115.135, Florida Statutes, is created to 23 read: 24 115.135 Leave considerations; spouses of military 25 servicemembers in active military service.— 26 (1) For purposes of this section, the term: 27 (a) “Employing agency” has the same meaning as in s. 28 110.107(24). 29 (b) “Active military service” does not include active duty 30 training. 31 (2) An employing agency may not: 32 (a) Compel an employee who is the spouse of a servicemember 33 of the United States Armed Forces to work hours in excess of the 34 scheduled hours in the employee’s established work period during 35 a period in which his or her spouse is deployed on active 36 military service at a location other than the servicemember’s 37 permanent duty station. 38 (b) Impose a sanction or penalty upon an employee who is 39 the spouse of a servicemember of the United States Armed Forces 40 for failure or refusal to work hours in excess of the scheduled 41 hours in the employee’s established work period during a period 42 in which his or her spouse is deployed on active military 43 service at a location other than the servicemember’s permanent 44 duty station. 45 (3) An employing agency shall grant a request by an 46 employee who is the spouse of a servicemember of the United 47 States Armed Forces deployed on active military service at a 48 location other than the servicemember’s permanent duty station 49 for unpaid leave not to exceed 4 working days per deployment for 50 the purpose of attending to matters directly related to the 51 implementation of deployment orders of his or her spouse. Leave 52 taken pursuant to this subsection shall run concurrently with 53 any qualifying exigency leave granted by the employing agency 54 pursuant to the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, as 55 amended, 29 U.S.C. ss. 2601 et seq. 56 (4) The Department of Management Services may adopt rules 57 to administer this section. 58 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2014.