New Florida immigration law may hurt state’s construction industry

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Florida businesses already are facing a skilled labor shortage — and now a new state law has the potential to exacerbate it.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis last week signed Senate Bill 1718 requiring all employers with more than 25 employees to use E-Verify, the federal government’s online tool to verify work eligibility, starting this summer. Contractors and subcontractors bidding on a public project must do the same.

Businesses must repay any economic development incentives from the state if they knowingly employ an unauthorized immigrant without verifying their eligibility.

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