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Clean Up On Aisle 6: Federal Judge Rules That Winn-Dixie’s Website Violates the ADA

Ver la versión en español aquí Is your organization a “public accommodation” under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?  Does your organization have a website?  If so, can that website be navigated with a keyboard (instead of a mouse) and with screen reader software?  Is the audio content on the website captioned? … Continue Reading

EEOC Wellness Plan Controversy: All’s Well That Ends Well?

Ver la versión en español aquí Earlier this month, the EEOC and Orion Energy Systems settled a case pending in a Wisconsin federal court in which the EEOC alleged that the company’s wellness plan violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This case goes back to the spring of 2009 when an employee was forced … Continue Reading

REGISTRATION OPEN! 27th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar

I cannot believe another year has come and gone! We are quickly approaching our 27th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar. Join us Friday, May 19th from 8am-4pm at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami as we “Predict the Future” and discuss what awaits employers in 2017. Mark your calendars now because this year’s seminar is not to … Continue Reading

Super Bowl 51: A Time to Review Attendance and Tardiness Policies

Ver la versión en español aquí The stage is set. Super Bowl 51 will arrive in less than two weeks.  But will your employees? In January 2016, the Workforce Institute conducted a survey to assess the impact of the Super Bowl on worker productivity the next day. According to the study, 77% of Americans planned … 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

How Does Time Off Due to a Hurricane Affect Your Employees’ Pay?

With Hurricane Matthew expected to hit the east coast this week, Floridians are stocking up on water, batteries, gas, and canned food. It’s important to be prepared and plan ahead for your home and family. For those in Human Resources, it is also a good time to plan ahead for what happens with employees’ pay … Continue Reading

How Does Time Off Due to a Hurricane Affect Your Employees’ Pay?

Ver la versión en español aquí For those of us in South Florida, we just braved the first few weeks of school and the associated traffic congestion.  Now we have to prepare for Tropical Storm Erika, potentially Hurricane Erika? While we will know more about the storm’s path on late Friday and early Saturday, it is … Continue Reading

Horrible Bosses: Makes for a Great Movie, but Not a Disability

Ver la versión en español aquí In the movie Horrible Bosses, three friends conspire to murder their bosses when they realize they are standing in the way of their happiness. While most employees would not take it to that extreme (hopefully!), conflicts between employees and their superiors occur. Recently, in Higgins-Williams v. Sutter Medical Foundation, … Continue Reading

OMG! Your Policy Says What?

Ver la versión en español aquí Title VII, through the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), has expressly prohibited pregnancy discrimination since 1978. Thirteen years later, the Supreme Court, in Johnson Controls, told us that even well-intentioned, but facially discriminatory, gender and pregnancy based employment policies — like Johnson Control’s policy of prohibiting fertile women from working … Continue Reading

Same-Sex FMLA Coverage: Where You Were Married, Not Where You Live

Ver la versión en español aquí Effective March 27, 2015, the FMLA’s definition of “spouse” will expand to include an FMLA-eligible employee in a lawful same-sex or common law marriage, even if the marriage is not recognized in the state in which the employee lives or works. This change will provide all legally married couples … Continue Reading

The 24 Year Journey – Did Absence Make the Heart Grow Fonder?

Ver la versión en español aquí How’s this for news? A.K. Verma, an engineer for the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) in India, was recently fired after last showing up for work in December 1990. Verma left work sick one morning in 1990. He requested leave and then sought an extension of his initial leave. … Continue Reading

MEDICAL MARIJUANA SEMINAR: The Dope on Amendment 2’s Effect on Florida’s Workplaces

On November 4, Florida voters will go the polls to vote on a constitutional amendment that would legalize the use of medical marijuana. If the amendment passes, how will that impact Florida workplaces? Please join us for breakfast in our Miami office on November 10th. We will address important FAQs about how medical marijuana may affect … Continue Reading

Time-Outs: Can the Strategy Typically Used for Children Also Benefit Your Employees?

Ver la versión en español aquí We have a time-out circle in my house, and from time to time, my preschool-age son visits the circle. Time-outs separate him from whatever undesirable behavior or activity he is engaged in – such as whining, arguing about brushing his teeth or throwing his toys – and give him … Continue Reading

Back by Popular Demand: “New Mental Disorders Could Lead to Spike in ADA Claims”

Ver la versión en español aquí What do forgetfulness, menstrual cramps and temper tantrums have in common? They are all symptoms of new mental health disorders recognized in the latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), a handbook widely used by health care professionals to assess and diagnose mental disorders. … Continue Reading

Unlimited Vacation Time from Work: Dream, Reality or Just a Myth?

Ver la versión en español aquí Last month, I wrote a post about one company’s new “Mail on Holiday” program where emails are automatically deleted during an employee’s vacation. What if, in combination with such a program, an employee could have unlimited vacation time? For most employees, it’s a dream. But if you work for … Continue Reading

The NFL’s Off-The-Field Woes Prompt Refresher on Employees’ Domestic Leave Rights

Ver la versión en español aquí The NFL season is underway, but the sound of fan euphoria has been drowned out by daily reports of reprehensible off-the-field conduct, including domestic violence. Unfortunately, it frequently takes a high-profile incident (or in this case, a series of incidents) to bring important societal issues to the forefront. In … Continue Reading

Employees Behaving Badly Part 1: Female Employee Chooses Beauty Over Comfort . . . And Her Job!!

Ver la versión en español aquí Shawna Palmer was going to squeeze her toes into those Jimmy Choos, Manolo Blahniks – fill in the name of any other high end shoe brand – no matter what! After all, there was a beauty pageant title on the line – Miss Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix in … Continue Reading

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! “New Claim on the Horizon: Family Responsibilities Discrimination” Seminar

Ver la versión en español aquí As promised in a previous post, if you were unable to attend the annual seminar in May or attended but need a quick refresher, a few of our most popular sessions are back for encore presentations at our Miami office. Our first session, “New Claim on the Horizon: Family Responsibilities … Continue Reading

Encore Performances from Our Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar to Start in the Fall

Ver la versión en español aquí May 1, 2014, was not a typical day in the office for us. We left our offices from across the state and headed to the Trump National Doral Hotel to join over 380 attendees at our 24th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar. Thanks to all the private and public … Continue Reading
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