Resources on New Requirements Related to Human Trafficking Awareness
Pursuant to changes made to Florida Statute Section 509.096, public lodging establishments are required to adhere to new requirements to combat human trafficking. Apartment communities are classified as public lodging establishments under Florida law, so these new requirements are applicable to our industry and will be enforced by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) starting January 1, 2021.
The Florida Apartment Association hosted a webinar featuring a representative of the DBPR to discuss these new requirements and how they would be applied to apartment communities. To view the webinar, you will need to log into your FAA account. In short, these new requirements include:
- Establishing a procedure for reporting suspected human trafficking to the National Human Trafficking Hotline or to a local law enforcement agency.
- Post a human trafficking awareness sign in a conspicuous location in the establishment, which is accessible to employees. There are specific requirements related to this signage that must also be adhered to which the webinar goes into.
- Provide annual training on human trafficking awareness to employees of the establishment who perform housekeeping duties in the rental units or who work at the front desk or reception area where guests check-in or check out. In many cases, it may be challenging to distinguish between employees who are required to have training and who are not, and the webinar covers a number of specific situations that may be applicable to staff in your community.
We advise that you review FAA’s webinar on this matter and consult with the following resources if you have additional questions.
- DBPR’s FAQs on the new law
- DBPR’s sample human trafficking awareness sign
- DBPR approved training providers
- DBPR’s Contact Information:
Division of Hotels and Restaurants
2601 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1011