Tag Archives: Florida

Ambushed by Public Records Act Trolls: The Risk of Exposure for Private Companies

It’s Friday, nearly 5 o’clock and you’re getting ready to go home. A stranger appears at your office waiving a copy of the Florida Public Records Act, demanding to see your company’s records. You explain that “this is a private company and not subject to the Public Records Act”. You send him away. The following … Continue Reading

Florida’s Medical Marijuana Constitutional Amendment Takes Effect Today

The Florida Medical Marijuana Legislative Initiative (also known as Amendment 2), passed with 71% of the popular vote on November 8, 2016.  Amendment 2 allows the medical use of marijuana for individuals with certain debilitating medical conditions as determined by a licensed Florida physician.  Because Amendment 2 is silent as to its effective date, under … Continue Reading

Non-Compete Agreements Under Fire by the White House?

Not really. On October 25, 2016, the White House issued a call to action urging states to reform their non-compete laws.  The call to action acknowledges that non-compete agreements are appropriate in certain circumstances, (for example, to protect trade secrets), but expressed the view that employers are, in many instances, using non-compete agreements merely as a … Continue Reading

It’s Easy Being Green In Florida: Corporations For The “Socially-Minded”

Many employees enjoy working for employers who “do good” in the world. Making money is important, but not always the sole mission of the employer. A large number of companies and their employees are involved in charities and volunteerism. However, a rising number of employers are making a profit while also focusing on societal and environmental … Continue Reading

What Employers Need to Know about Zika

The Zika virus — a disease spread primarily through mosquito bites — continues to make international headlines. While the virus is not new, it is new to the Americas. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), outbreaks have been reported in at least 51 countries or territories. Brazil has been the country most affected … Continue Reading

There is a New EEOC “Sheriff” in Town!

I recently attended a breakfast meeting with Michael Farrell, the new District Director for the Miami office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The Miami District Office has jurisdiction over the State of Florida (excluding a few counties in Florida’s Panhandle), as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Federico Costales was … Continue Reading

Non-Compete Agreements Under Attack

“I‘m in Competition with Myself and Losing.” – Roger Waters Agreements restricting employees’ ability to compete against their employers are commonplace in the American workplace.  They serve as an effective means by which employers can protect their legitimate business interests in, among other things, their customer relationships, their trade secrets and intellectual property as well … Continue Reading

The Writ (and Wisdom) of Wage Garnishments

Your employee, Debbie Deadbeat, doesn’t pay her debts and gets slapped with a judgment. Before you know it, a process server comes to your office and serves you with a continuing writ of garnishment of Debbie’s salary and wages. First:  What is a Writ?  Second:  What should you do about it? A Writ is essentially … Continue Reading

NEW OVERTIME RULE DOUBLING MINIMUM SALARY REQUIREMENT EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 1

Well, finally. This morning, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final rule, about two years and two months after President Obama directed the Department to update, streamline and modernize overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Department estimates that the compensation of more than four million workers will be impacted by … Continue Reading

Law Would Ban Florida Employers From “E-Stalking”

Not long ago, we blogged about social media as a blessing and a curse for employers.  On the one hand, social media help businesses market products and services; on the other, social media provide employees with an easily-accessible platform to draw negative attention to the business. To prevent (or minimize) this negative attention, a small universe … Continue Reading

Is “Paid Leave” on Florida’s Horizon?

Did you watch the Democratic presidential debate on October 13, 2015? If so, you heard the candidates make many promises, among them paid family leave. True, we already have the FMLA, but it only requires unpaid leave, it only applies to employers with 50 or more employees, and it only applies to employees who have … Continue Reading

Don’t Fall Asleep Just Yet… A “New Test” to Decide When Interns Should be Paid

The steady stream of cases filed by unpaid interns claiming to be owed minimum wage and overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act remains on the rise after highly publicized court decisions and settlements. However, courts continue to struggle with how to determine if and when an intern should be paid for work under … Continue Reading

Breast Pumps, Depositions, and Politicians

According to Elizabeth Beck, a Florida attorney who deposed Donald Trump in 2011 in connection with a real estate project, Mr. Trump erupted when she requested a break in the deposition so she could pump breast milk: “He got up, his face got red, he shook his finger at me, and he screamed, ‘You’re disgusting, … Continue Reading

Who Needs Congress When We Have The EEOC?

Legislative efforts have failed repeatedly at the federal level to add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the list of protected classifications under anti-discrimination laws. That has not deterred the EEOC in its quest to protect the LGBT community from employment discrimination. On the heels of the Supreme Court’s historic decision in Obergefell on June … Continue Reading

Delivering A New Florida Law: Pregnancy

Two hours at the gym, a full face of make-up and your best feel-good outfit: that’s how many a girls’ night out begins. But this one ended abruptly when a young woman claims she was turned away from a bar whose owner thought she was pregnant. Last month, a local Jacksonville, Florida news channel aired … Continue Reading

Who Doesn’t Like Non-Competes?

Clients sometimes ask, “Which employees should sign non-competition agreements?”   The answer from a growing number of employers seems to be “Everyone” and from employees it seems to be “No One”.  Recent news reports have commented on large retailers requiring that temporary or seasonal workers, stock room clerks and delivery personnel sign restrictive covenants – not … Continue Reading

Remind Us Not to Post On Moving Targets!

The latest development in the H-2B saga came yesterday. The federal district court at the heart of the controversy decided to temporarily stay its order that had vacated the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2008 H-2B regulations. The court stayed its decision through April 15. The court did not have much sympathy for the DOL’s lack … Continue Reading

H-2B Update

Yesterday, we posted about the current suspension of the H-2B temporary, unskilled worker program. After we posted, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will resume adjudications of H-2B petitions, but will continue to suspend premium processing on H-2B petitions until further notice. DHS will resume adjudicating H-2B petitions based on temporary labor … Continue Reading
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