Section 450.31, Florida Statutes 2009
1450.31 Issuance, revocation, and suspension of, and refusal to issue or renew, certificate of registration.--
(1) The department shall not issue to any person a certificate of registration as a farm labor contractor, nor shall it renew such certificate, until:
(a) Such person has executed a written application therefor in a form and pursuant to regulations prescribed by the department and has submitted such information as the department may prescribe.
(b) Such person has obtained and holds a valid federal certificate of registration as a farm labor contractor, or a farm labor contractor employee, unless exempt by federal law.
(c) Such person pays to the department, by cashier's check, certified check, or money order, a nonrefundable application fee of $125. Fees collected by the department under this subsection shall be deposited in the State Treasury into the Professional Regulation Trust Fund.
(d) Such person has successfully taken and passed the farm labor contractor examination.
(e) Such person has designated an agent to receive service of process and other official or legal documents. The agent must be available during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, to accept service on behalf of the farm labor contractor.
(2) The department may revoke, suspend, or refuse to issue or renew any certificate of registration when it is shown that the farm labor contractor has:
(a) Violated or failed to comply with any provision of this part or the rules adopted pursuant to this part;
(b) Made any misrepresentation or false statement in his or her application for a certificate of registration;
(c) Given false or misleading information concerning terms, conditions, or existence of employment to persons who are recruited or hired to work on a farm;
(d) Been assessed a civil fine by the department for which payment is overdue;
(e) Failed to pay unemployment compensation taxes as determined by the Agency for Workforce Innovation;
(f) Been denied, or had suspended or revoked, a federal certificate of registration as a farm labor contractor; or
(g) Failed to pay federal employee taxes as determined by the Internal Revenue Service.
(3) The revocation, suspension of, or refusal to renew any permit hereunder will not render any then-current and valid contract invalid nor affect the terms of such contract for the duration of the growing season then in progress.
(4) The department may refuse to issue or renew, or may suspend or revoke, a certificate of registration if the applicant or holder is not the real party in interest in the application or certificate of registration and the real party in interest is a person who has been refused issuance or renewal of a certificate, has had a certificate suspended or revoked, or does not qualify under this section for a certificate.
(5) The department may permanently revoke or refuse to issue or renew a certificate of registration if such applicant or certificateholder has been convicted within the preceding 5 years of:
(a) A crime under state or federal law:
1. Relating to gambling, or to the sale, distribution, or possession of alcoholic beverages.
2. Committed in connection with, or incident to, any farm labor contracting activities; or
(b) Any felony under state or federal law involving robbery, bribery, extortion, embezzlement, grand larceny, burglary, or arson.
(6) The department may permanently revoke or refuse to issue or renew a certificate of registration if such applicant or certificateholder has been convicted of a violation of narcotics laws, murder, rape, assault with intent to kill, assault that inflicts grievous bodily injury, prostitution, peonage, smuggling, or harboring individuals who have entered the country illegally.
(7) Receipt and acceptance of a certificate of registration as a farm labor contractor constitutes unconditional permission for and acquiescence by the contractor to the inspection by department personnel of books, ledgers, and all other documents that are related to the performance of the contractor's farm labor activities.
History.--ss. 5, 6, ch. 71-234; s. 1, ch. 71-977; s. 1, ch. 77-25; ss. 3, 4, ch. 83-42; s. 5, ch. 85-243; ss. 3, 4, ch. 90-245; s. 18, ch. 91-147; s. 2, ch. 94-179; s. 176, ch. 97-103; s. 145, ch. 2000-165; s. 13, ch. 2004-64; s. 28, ch. 2004-234; s. 4, ch. 2007-86.
1Note.--Section 1, ch. 77-25, provides that this section is repealed when an agreement is made as permitted in ss. 2-4, ch. 77-25; ss. 2-4, ch. 77-25, were amended by s. 1, ch. 85-243.