Florida Senate - 2020                                    SB 1050
       By Senator Diaz
       36-01364-20                                           20201050__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to disaster volunteer leave for state
    3         employees; amending s. 110.120, F.S.; reordering,
    4         revising, and providing definitions; expanding the
    5         Florida Disaster Volunteer Leave Act to include
    6         employees of the legislative and judicial branches of
    7         state government; revising conditions under which an
    8         employee may be granted leave under the act;
    9         specifying requirements and limitations; providing an
   10         effective date.
   12  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   14         Section 1. Section 110.120, Florida Statutes, is amended to
   15  read:
   16         110.120 Administrative leave for disaster service
   17  volunteers.—
   18         (1) SHORT TITLE.—This section shall be known and may be
   19  cited as the “Florida Disaster Volunteer Leave Act.”
   20         (2) DEFINITIONS.—As used in this section, the term
   21  following terms shall apply:
   22         (c)(a) “State agency” means any official, officer,
   23  commission, board, authority, council, committee, or department
   24  of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of state
   25  government.
   26         (a)(b) “Disaster” means an event that results in a state of
   27  emergency, as declared by executive order or proclamation issued
   28  by the Governor of this state or any other state or territory of
   29  the United States includes disasters designated at level II and
   30  above in the American National Red Cross regulations and
   31  procedures.
   32         (b) “Disaster area” means a location covered under a state
   33  of emergency, as declared by executive order or proclamation
   34  issued by the Governor of this state or any other state or
   35  territory of the United States.
   36         (d) “Volunteer” means an individual who has entered into an
   37  agreement with a tax-exempt nonprofit organization under s.
   38  501(c)(3) or s. 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code to
   39  provide nonpaid services to a disaster area for disaster
   40  response or recovery.
   41         (3) LEAVE OF ABSENCE.—An employee of a state agency who is
   42  a certified disaster service volunteer of the American Red Cross
   43  may be granted a leave of absence with pay for no not more than
   44  120 working hours 15 working days in any 12-month period to
   45  serve as a volunteer participate in specialized disaster relief
   46  services for the American Red Cross. Such leave of absence may
   47  be granted upon the request of the employee American Red Cross
   48  and upon the approval of the employee’s employing agency after
   49  verifying the employee’s volunteer status. An employee granted
   50  leave under this section is shall not be deemed to be an
   51  employee of the state for purposes of workers’ compensation.
   52  Leave under this section act may be granted only for providing
   53  volunteer for services related to a disaster occurring within
   54  the boundaries of this the state of Florida, except that, with
   55  the approval of the Governor and Cabinet, leave may be granted
   56  to an employee to provide volunteer for services in response to
   57  a disaster occurring within the states or territories boundaries
   58  of the United States upon approval of the head of the employee’s
   59  employing agency. An employee who is granted leave under this
   60  section must attest to his or her employing agency that he or
   61  she has completed his or her volunteer service for a disaster,
   62  and must also specify the period of time for which he or she
   63  served as a volunteer for that event and a description of the
   64  disaster response or recovery services that the employee
   65  provided.
   66         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.