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Employees Behaving Badly II: Did He Really Say That?

Ver la versión en español aquí I am not a fan of reality TV. However, in this reality TV election season, it is hard to tear my eyes (and ears) away from the barbs being exchanged primarily between the Republican candidates. Whether you support him or not, you have to admit that Donald Trump says things … Continue Reading

Are Your Employees Naughty or Nice?

Ver la versión en español aquí As I was recently working on my Christmas “to do” list while singing along to “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” the lyrics “He’s making a list, and checking it twice, Gonna find out whose naughty or nice,” reminded me that December is not only the holiday season, but is … Continue Reading

The Pros and Khans of Good Workplace Management

Ver la versión en español aquí Recently, I had occasion to watch Season 1 of the Netflix series, Marco Polo. The plot is based on the 13th century Mongolian Empire. However, to an employment lawyer, it all seems like a page out of an employment law primer. The main protagonist (read, disgruntled employee), Marco Polo, … Continue Reading

“No Jerk” Workplace Policies Pay Off

Ver la versión en español aquí “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.”  (This quote is often associated with Phineas T. Barnum, the 19th century circus owner.)  Really?  Tell that to Amazon. Amazon, which recently surpassed Walmart as the most valuable retailer in the country, has been all over the news recently, but not entirely … Continue Reading

Intimidation: An Attention-Grabber for Coaching Football, but a Flag for Coaching Employees

Ver la versión en español aquí It’s the most wonderful time of the year … football season! In my house, it’s all football, all the time – college football (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday), pro football (Sunday, Monday and Thursday), NFL Total Access, ESPN Game Day etc. My husband and I even watched HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” … 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

Flexible Workplace: What’s in a Name?

Many companies tout themselves as a “flexible workplace.” But what exactly does that mean? Does the company permit employees to have a regular telecommuting schedule or just work from home occasionally? Does the company offer modified start and stop times or compressed workweeks? All of these options and more can be components of a flexible … Continue Reading

Hey, NBA Commissioner Silver, Way to Flex Your HR Muscle

Kudos to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who, like a true HR professional, fined Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling $2.5 million and banned Sterling for life from the NBA. The punishment came last week on the heels of a leaked audio recording in which Sterling is heard scolding V. Stiviano, Sterling’s “personal assistant” (code name … Continue Reading

Sexual Harassment Training for Congress: Necessary or a “Really Dumb Idea”?

It’s unfortunate, but it’s reality. The list of politicians engaging in sexual “shenanigans” — from President on down — continues to grow. Just last week news broke that 40-year old Vance McAllister, a newly elected member of the U.S. House of Representatives, was caught on surveillance video kissing Melissa Peacock, McAllister’s 33-year old female staffer, … Continue Reading

FMLA Update: Revised FMLA Poster Available in Spanish

In February 2013, we advised you that the Department of Labor (“DOL”) revised its Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) poster, also referred to as the “General Notice.”  (Click here for February 2013 post)  At the time, the revised FMLA poster was only available in English.   After months of waiting, the revised FMLA poster is … Continue Reading

I Hear There is an Election Coming Up – Is There Anything I Should Be Concerned About?

If you have not watched television or driven on any road lately, you might be surprised to learn that there is a presidential election scheduled for Tuesday, November 6.  Well maybe not.  This blog focuses on issues that employers should consider during the next few weeks. Florida law does not require employers to give employees … Continue Reading

Title VII Retaliation Does Not Cover Complaints About Investigatory Process

In a recent decision, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over Florida, ruled that an employee who was terminated after complaining about the way her employer conducted a sexual harassment investigation did not have a claim for retaliation under Title VII.  Brush v. Sears Holdings Corp. is interesting because the plaintiff, Brush, … Continue Reading

Wishing You a Holiday Season Filled With Joy and Peace (And No Lawsuits)!

Christmas music was playing in the mall this past weekend…it’s official, the Holidays are here!  The Holidays are a great opportunity for your employees to celebrate and unwind after a long year.  The season can also bring employment issues including but not limited to claims of religious discrimination, sexual harassment and liability for your company. … Continue Reading

¿Algunos de sus empleados hablan Español? [Do Some of Your Employees Speak Spanish?] If so, NLRB’s Employee Rights Poster is Now Available in Spanish

As discussed in an earlier post, NLRB Postpones Notice-Posting Rule Until January 31, 2012, employers subject to the National Labor Relation Board’s jurisdiction are required to post a notice notifying employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act by January 31, 2012.  If 20% or more of your employees are not proficient in English, … Continue Reading

Court Says Woman Who Quit Her Job is Entitled to Unemployment Benefits

A Florida appellate court, in Rivera v. Fla. Unemployment Appeals Commission and Pollo Operations, Inc., has directed Florida’s unemployment agency to give unemployment benefits to a woman who voluntarily quit her job.  The woman, Nail Rivera, worked at Pollo Tropical restaurant for nine years when she complained that an assistant manager touched her buttocks.  Ms. Rivera … Continue Reading
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