Florida Chamber of Commerce

Economic future depends on preparing tomorrow’s workforce

Economic future depends on preparing tomorrow’s workforce

When the Gulf Power Economic Symposium looked to Northwest Florida’s future, workforce training was a prominent topic of discussion. Florida Chamber of Commerce Chief Economist Dr. Jerry Parrish said education is critical, based on data collected from across the state. Read the full article in the April 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to […]

Santa Rosa explores business incubator possibilities

Santa Rosa explores business incubator possibilities

Three Florida State University graduate students with training in economics and a problem to solve have set their sights on Santa Rosa County with one goal in mind: Diversify the economy. To answer that need, the students have chosen to study a potential solution in the form of a business incubator as part of their […]

Last-minute push to get insurance measure passed

Last-minute push to get insurance measure passed

After a pipe broke and leaked water into her home, Darleen Masturzo of Davenport, Florida, said she was forced out for months by a contract company abusing its power on her behalf. Masturzo said the company came in making promises to handle everything and asked Masturzo to sign a contract right away. Read the full […]

Lawmakers tackle property insurance abuse

Lawmakers tackle property insurance abuse

Legislation to put stricter requirements on assignment of benefits (AOB) insurance claims has passed the Florida House of Representatives amid vocal support from the insurance industry. The AOB issue for years has been plaguing the state’s insurance industry, which contends that the current law artificially raises the cost of property repairs and subsequently drives up […]

Citizens insurance cleared for rate increases

Citizens insurance cleared for rate increases

After Hurricane Irma delayed any decisions, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (FLOIR) decided Dec. 6 to approve an increase in rates across all policy types for Citizens Property Insurance. The average rate increase across the board amounts to roughly 6.8 percent. Citizens is a state-run program to help insure those who cannot find coverage […]

State considers decrease in workers’ comp rates

State considers decrease in workers’ comp rates

Actuaries with the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation are reviewing with a fine-tooth comb a proposed 9.6 percent decrease to workers’ compensation insurance rates put forth by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI). NCCI made an official presentation to the state’s insurance regulatory agency and the public Oct. 18 in Tallahassee. NCCI is an […]

U.S. court halts overtime rule change

U.S. court halts overtime rule change

A ruling by the U.S. District Courts put the brakes on changes to overtime pay laws Tuesday, Nov. 22, that would have gone into effect Dec. 1 after 21 states and other business groups filed suit against the change. Currently, under the Fair Labor Standards Act, employers are required to pay time and a half […]

Worker’s comp insurance rates raised by 14.5 percent

Worker’s comp insurance rates raised by 14.5 percent

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulations (FLOIR) approved a 14.5 percent rate increase for workers’ compensation insurance Tuesday, Sept. 27 raising costs for business owners across the state. The most recent filing by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), the company approved to assess and make recommendations to the FLOIR on costs of worker’s […]

Workers’ comp rates take another hit

Workers’ comp rates take another hit

The Florida Supreme Court has struck down yet another pillar of workers’ compensation law, threatening to drive business costs even higher to an estimated 20 percent according to the National Federation of Independent Business in Florida (NFIB). The ruling in Westphal v City of St. Petersburg states the current two year cap on temporary disability […]

Court ruling could increase workers’ compensation costs for businesses

Court ruling could increase workers’ compensation costs for businesses

The Florida Chamber of Commerce met with the Workers’ Comp Task Force via webinar Friday, May 27, to discuss legislation to be proposed to the Florida Legislature to prevent a workers’ compensation rate increase. The increase of 17.1 percent recommended by the National Council on Compensation (NCCI) would raise the amount across the state including […]

Florida Senate should let debate begin on Open Carry

Florida Senate should let debate begin on Open Carry

Guest Opinion The organizing principle of my public service is Constitutional liberty. If government constrains itself to the Constitution, free markets, free enterprise and free people can thrive. Otherwise, we get catastrophic consequences such as ObamaCare, lawless executive orders and a government that (often corruptly) picks winners and losers. In a world of uncertainty, the […]