On June 9, 2017, Florida Gov. Rick Scott approved S.B. 370 into law. The new law requires employers with 15 or more employees to provide at least 15 days of unpaid Civil Air Patrol leave per year. To be eligible for the leave, the employee must have been employed by the employer for at least 90 days. Additionally, the employee must be a Civil Air Patrol member, which is defined as a senior member of the Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol with an emergency services qualification. The leave may be related to training or a mission.
An eligible employee may elect to use accrued paid leave amounts, but may not be required to use such during the Civil Air Patrol leave period. An employer may not discharge, reprimand or otherwise penalize an eligible employee who takes such leave. At the end of the leave, the employee shall return to work unless certain conditions are met such as the employment would cause undue hardship on the employer or the employer has legally sufficient cause to terminate the employee.