Florida set to scale back training requirements for several jobs

“Tallahassee, Fla., – The state of Florida is close to rolling back regulations on many jobs, especially in the salon and beauty industry. The Florida House and Senate have approved changes for Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation, and with the Governor’s signature, would mean several jobs would no longer require an occupational license, or may require less training hours for certification. For starters, the following professionals would no longer need a license altogether: Hair braiders Hair wrappers Body wrappers Boxing announcers Boxing timekeepers The bill also calls for the elimination of requirement that the following licensees obtain a certificate of authorization for their business: Asbestos abatement consultants and contractors, Architects Interior Designers Landscape architects Geologists The new rules would also reduce the hours of training required to obtain the following licenses: Barbers Restricted barbers Nail specialists Facial specialists Full specialists Supporters of the bill say this should make it even easier for people to start their own business. Although, not everyone likes the idea. Some believe the rules are necessary to ensure safety in the industries, and could mean businesses, like salons, will need to do more training of their own, which means they’ll be assuming even more liability. Because of this unintended consequence, there’s a concern among some that these rule changes could ultimately have the opposite effect, deterring people from the business.”


About John Fagan

John is a Jacksonville native who grew up on the First Coast. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 1975 and went to college at Florida State University where he completed a 4-year program in 3 years. John graduated from the Florida State University College of Business in 1978 and went straight into Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, John earned a position on the prestigious Law Review Board serving as its Business Editor. As a law student, John studied in the Oxford program. He also interned with the Florida Legislature working in the Florida House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee. John was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1981. John began his legal career as a law school intern in the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville in 1981. After his internship, legendary State Attorney Ed Austin hired John as a full-time Assistant State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit (Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties). As a prosecutor, John tried jury and non-jury trial on charges ranging from DUI to Murder. In 1983, John moved from the State Attorney's Office to begin his career in private practice. He has practiced law for 30 years on the First Coast. For the last 20 years, John and his family have made Clay County their home. John limits his practice to personal injury and disability cases. While there are many fine attorneys in Clay County, John is one of only a few Clay County attorneys who limit their practice to personal injury and disability cases. John takes pride in helping clients resolve injury claims in ways that avoid the stress, uncertainty, and the expense of unnecessary litigation. Professional Activities John is the past President of the Clay County Bar Association and has served on the Board of the Clay County Bar Association from 2009-2013. He is an active member of the Florida Bar, and the Federal Bar of the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is also a member of the American Association of Justice, the Florida Association of Justice, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, and the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates. Service to the Community John is involved in the Clay County Community serving as a member and Director of the Rotary Club of Orange Park, of the Clay County Bar Association, and the Putnam County Bar Association.
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