Employers seeking to hire new employees in Florida will have to wait for a new occupational license from the state, which is expected to take effect later this year.
That is in addition to the previous update in late September that said employers could begin hiring in the state for new employees by July 1, 2019.
The deadline for those employers to start applying for a license came in June 2019.
In a press release, the Department of Health and Human Services said in the meantime, there has not been a change in occupational health nor license applications.
“We are pleased to announce that the Department has made no changes to the licensing process for occupational health and occupational license applicants in Florida,” said Michelle Miller, a spokesperson for the department.
“We have had no change to the process since the update on September 29, 2018.
There have been no changes in the number of occupational licenses or the number that have been approved.
This change does not change the need for employers to obtain a license.”
Miller said that, at this point, there have been a total of 14,094 applications for occupational licenses from employers in the past six months.
That means there has only been a 1.6% change in those numbers since that time.
In the past, there were 7,542 applications.
In 2017, there was 8,818 applications, which made up less than one-third of the total applications.
The state also said it was updating its occupational licensing process in 2018.
The state had previously approved 8,726 occupational licenses between January 1, 2017, and August 31, 2017.