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What do gourmet popcorn, a lunch buffet, and the Dating Game have in common? They were all a part of our Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminars in Tampa and Miami. For those of you who need a refresher or weren’t able to join us, we’ve included our top takeaways from both seminars below.

We look forward to sharing even more advice in 2020- cheers to avoiding a “Nasti Law Zoot” and congratulations to our blog contest winners! You will receive complimentary registrations to your choice of one of our 2020 Seminars.

  • Greishka Campo, Melia Hotels International
  • Mollie Wander, 777 Partners
  • Rocio Gallastegui, Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits

The top takeaways from each of our sessions:

The Application Process:

  • Identify the essential functions of the job and what qualifications are needed to be successful.
  • Review your job application so that you are obtaining the information you need while complying with state and federal laws.
  • Make sure you are complying with the law regarding pre-offer screening, interview questions, and interview documentation.
  • Offer letters can help ensure you and your potential employee are on the same page.
  • Don’t neglect to properly complete the I-9 Form appropriately.

Long-Term LOA, FMLA, ADA, and Benefit Plans:

  • Know your benefit plans!
  • The language of your handbook is important.
  • Personal leave and FMLA leave affect benefits differently.

Workplace Investigations:

  • Know how to recognize a complaint.
  • A good investigation is objective and fair.
  • Conduct investigations in accordance with the laws.
  • Document interviews and findings.

Employee Terminations:

  • Gather and assess all relevant documents, policies, and information.
  • Consider all issues prior to termination.
  • Know how to prepare for termination.
  • Know the steps you need to take immediately preceding, during, and after the termination meeting.
  • Use Lisa’s Indispensable Termination Checklist.

NLRB, the EEOC, Immigration, Wage and Hour, Workers’ Comp, and Marijuana:

  • In 2018, the NLRB released a draft joint-employer rule that could change the current standard. If it is adopted, it will be more difficult for the NLRB to impose joint employment on businesses going forward.
  • Employers now have until September 30th to provide the new required pay/hours-worked data to the EEOC.
  • Employers need to be aware of the updates to Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation.
  • Proposed changes to the FLSA salary test for exempt employees are on the horizon.
  • The FLSA has three notices of proposed rulemaking.
  • There are questions about how to address workplace issues regarding medical marijuana that the Florida legislature and courts have yet to answer.

If you have any follow up questions for one of our presenters, do not hesitate to contact us: