Florida Commuting laws & HR compliance analysis

Florida Commuting: What you need to know

Through its Commuter Assistance Program, the Florida Department of Transportation encourages employers to promote commuting alternatives such as ridesharing. Go to http://www.commuterservicesfl.comor call 866-585-RIDE for more information.
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Florida law defines “ridesharing” as an arrangement between persons with a common or nearby work destination to share the use of a motor vehicle on a regular basis for round-trip transportation to or from work. To limit an employer's liability, “employment” is defined to begin when an employee arrives at the workplace to report for work and to end when the employee leaves the workplace. However, the employee is working if engaged in duties assigned or directed by the employer, or furthering the employer's business, regardless of location (FL Stat. Sec. 341.031).
An employer isn't liable for injuries suffered by passengers in a ridesharing accident, or injury to others, if the vehicle isn't owned, leased, or contracted for by the employer. Employers that merely provide ridesharing information, incentives, or encouragement are also not liable if injuries result from such arrangements (FL Stat. Sec. 768.091).
State resources. The Department of Transportation Transit Office has a list of regional transportation agencies at http://www.dot.state.fl.us or call 850-414-4500.
The University of Southern Florida has a comprehensive list of resources for employee transportation coordinators in the state at http://www.nctr.usf.edu.
Tallahassee. The capital region StarMetro program has initiatives that include expanded public transit routes and an increased variety of pass options. For information, go to http://www.talgov.comor ...

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