(1) As used in this section, the term “agency” means any official, officer, commission, board, authority, council, committee, or department of the executive branch of state government and means any officer, court, commission, or other unit of the judicial branch of state government supported in whole or in part by appropriations made by the Legislature.
(2) An agency may employ any qualified individual in other-personal-services temporary employment for 1,040 hours within any 12-month period. An extension beyond a total of 1,040 hours within an agency for any individual requires a recommendation by the agency head and approval by the Executive Office of the Governor. Approval of extensions shall be made in accordance with criteria established by the department. Each agency shall maintain employee information as specified by the department regarding each extension of other-personal-services temporary employment. The time limitation established by this subsection does not apply to board members; consultants; seasonal employees; institutional clients employed as part of their rehabilitation; bona fide, degree-seeking students in accredited secondary or postsecondary educational programs; employees hired to deal with an emergency situation that affects the public health, safety, or welfare; or employees hired for a project that is identified by a specific appropriation or time-limited grant.
(3) The department shall adopt rules providing that other-personal-services temporary employment in an employer-employee relationship shall be used for short-term tasks. Such rules shall specify the employment categories, terms, conditions, rate of pay, and frequency of other-personal-services temporary employment and the duration for which such employment may last; specify criteria for approving extensions beyond the time limitation provided in subsection (2); and prescribe recordkeeping and reporting requirements for other-personal-services employment.
(4) The department shall prepare written material explaining the terms and conditions of other-personal-services employment and shall provide master copies to each agency. Each agency shall provide each of its applicants for such employment with a copy thereof at the time of application and shall discuss the information contained thereon with each applicant at the time of interview or employment commencement, whichever occurs sooner.
(5) The department shall maintain information relating to other-personal-services employment for each agency. Such information shall include:
(a) The total amount of compensation for other-personal-services personnel, by employment category, for the preceding fiscal year.
(b) The name, social security number, employment category, employment commencement date, and number of hours worked for each individual whose initial other-personal-services temporary employment began before the start of the preceding fiscal year and who was still employed as an other-personal-services temporary employee at the end of the preceding fiscal year.
(6)(a) The provisions of subsections (2), (3), and (4) do not apply to any employee for whom the Board of Governors of the State University System, or the board’s designee, or the Board of Trustees of the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind is the employer as defined in s. 447.203(2); except that, for purposes of subsection (5), the Board of Trustees of the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind shall comply with the recordkeeping and reporting requirements adopted by the department pursuant to subsection (3) with respect to those other-personal-services employees exempted by this subsection. (b) The provisions of subsections (2), (3), and (4) do not apply to any employee of the Division of Blind Services Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped for whom the Division of Blind Services is the employer as defined in s. 447.203(2); except that, for purposes of subsection (5), the Division of Blind Services shall comply with the recordkeeping and reporting requirements adopted by the department pursuant to subsection (3) with respect to those other-personal-services employees exempted by this subsection.
(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, the agency head or his or her designee may extend the other-personal-services employment of a health care practitioner licensed pursuant to chapter 458, chapter 459, chapter 460, chapter 461, chapter 463, part I of chapter 464, chapter 466, chapter 468, chapter 483, chapter 486, or chapter 490 beyond 2,080 hours and may employ such practitioner on an hourly or other basis.
(7) The Department of Management Services shall annually assess agencies for the regulation of other personal services on a pro rata share basis not to exceed an amount as provided in the General Appropriations Act.