August 4, 2020

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Some Florida businesses go public over coronavirus cases, but for others, it’s mum’s the word

Not every business has been forthcoming when an employee tests positive for the highly contagious virus. Some will reveal cases if asked, but others stay silent. And there is no state requirement that they make it public. Publix, which has more than 1,240 stores, has been confirming cases to news media outlets when asked about specific locations where employees have tested positive for the virus. The strategy is unique for a major grocery store chain, even though it might not reveal every case. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

Opinion: Florida’s talented workforce is key to economic recovery during COVID-19

The effect of COVID-19 on Florida’s economy is significant, changing and largely unknown. As the leaders of CareerSource Florida and the Florida Chamber of Commerce, we are using emerging data on a collaborative quest to identify how we can help Florida’s economy, and its people, restart, recover and reimagine our future. More from the Pensacola News-Journal.

Florida business pays $65,000 after violations of pay, U.S. applicants and a visa program

An Ocala horse training company has paid $65,807 after myriad labor violations of U.S. applicants and H-2B visa workers, the Department of Labor announced. That money from Eddie Woods Stables breaks down as $26,514 in back pay for 42 H-2B visa workers ($631.29 per employee) and a $39,293 civil penalty from Labor. More from the Miami Herald.

Florida bar exam rescheduled again because of conflict with primary election

The state’s rescheduled summer bar exam will be postponed one more day because the new date is the same day as the state’s primary election. The examination, which will take place online only, is now on Wednesday, Aug. 19 instead of Tuesday, Aug. 18. “It is important that every citizen in Florida be assured that they are able to vote in the upcoming primary election, whether by mail, early voting, or in person,” said David Reeves, chair of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. More from the Apalachicola Times.

Ron DeSantis approved $738 million for Florida’s controversial new toll roads

Florida will spend at least $738 million over the next five years on three controversial new toll roads projects under a plan approved by Gov. Ron DeSantis last week. While slashing more than $1 billion from the state budget last week because of the state’s sudden economic downturn, he left untouched state plans to move ahead on more than 300 miles of new toll roads. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

Sustainability Trends
St. Armands Garage internationally recognized for sustainability

 The St. Armands Garage in Sarasota has earned recognition from Parksmart, the world’s only certification program that defines, measures and recognizes high-performing, sustainable garages. The city-owned garage, which opened in 2019, has achieved Parksmart’s Silver certification following an extensive application and review process.

» More from the Palm Beach Post.


Sports Business
First look at the NBA's Orlando 'restart' complex

floridaThe NBA is planning to restart its season on July 30 inside Walt Disney World's ESPN Wide World of Sports complex. See a photo gallery of the NBA Restart 2020 practice and training complex in Orlando.

» See more at the Orlando Sentinel.

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