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Retirement Plan Hurricane Relief for Affected Participants

As we all know, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria severely impacted parts of Texas, the southeastern United States and Puerto Rico causing billions of dollars of damage. To help victims recover, Congress, the IRS, and the Department of Labor have issued special retirement plan relief for employers and participants located in those areas. Employers sponsoring … Continue Reading

Florida’s Minimum Wage to Increase to $8.25 per hour –What About the Loonie, eh?

I originally hail from Toronto, Canada.  As an employment attorney now practicing in Florida, I enjoy comparing US employment laws with their Canadian counterparts.  So first, the news from Florida. On January 1, 2018, Florida’s minimum wage will increase from $8.10 per hour to $8.25 per hour. This adjustment is based on the federal Consumer … Continue Reading

Halloween is a Scary Time for Employers

I have always been fascinated when the shy people that I know suddenly become exhibitionists when it comes to donning Halloween costumes. Whether it is a sexy French maid costume from Victoria’s Secret or Captain Underpants® (from the Dreamworks movie), adult costumes have become much edgier. Those costumes are perfectly fine at a private party … Continue Reading

What’s the effect of the Sessions’ memo on transgender discrimination?

On October 4, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum advising that the U.S. Department of Justice will no longer take the position that Title VII (the law which prohibits discrimination based on sex, race, color, national origin, and religion) prohibits discrimination based on “gender identity per se, including transgender status.” What does … Continue Reading

Spoiler Alert: Court Plunges Dagger In Heart Of Obama-Era Overtime Regs, Setting Stage For Season II Fireworks

Wow, this has been one crazy roller coaster ride. Season 1 of this overtime soap opera kicked-off with President Obama directing the Secretary of Labor to “modernize and streamline” the “white collar” FLSA exemptions. In May 2016, the DOL published revised regulations that increased the exempt salary threshold from $455 per week ($23,600 annually) to … Continue Reading

Our thoughts are with those affected by Hurricane Irma

Dear Clients and Friends, In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, our thoughts are with you for a safe and speedy recovery. We are back in business, fully operational, and here to assist in any way we can. We look forward to connecting with you soon. Our regular blog postings will resume next week at BeLaborThePoint.com and CafeConLabor.com.  … Continue Reading

How Does Time Off Due To A Hurricane Affect Your Employees’ Pay?

It’s throwback Thursday … err Tuesday.  As those of us in Florida prepare for the potential landfall of Hurricane Irma this weekend, please check out my colleague Bob Turk’s interview with the Miami Herald about storm preparations for human resource professionals and my post from hurricane season last year on what happens to employees’ pay … Continue Reading

Our group is growing – Tampa here we come!

This is an exciting time for the Firm, our Labor & Employment Law Department and our clients. We are pleased to welcome two new members to our group and to expand our footprint in Tampa. Janet Goldberg McEnery and Andrew W. McLaughlin each brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and a unique perspective to … Continue Reading

Did A Florida Appellate Court Just “Dis” An Employment Agreement’s Arbitration Provision?

Is it prudent for employers to require employees to sign mandatory arbitration agreements? There is no right or wrong answer to that question . . . just a long list of pros and cons.  Proponents of mandatory arbitration often focus on factors such as confidentiality, the ability to remove the risk of a “runaway jury,” … Continue Reading

Massachusetts: Medical Marijuana May Be “Reasonable Accommodation”—Still No Guidance In Florida

On November 8, 2016, Florida voters approved the medical use of marijuana for individuals with certain debilitating medical conditions. The effective date was January 3, 2017.  However, to date, Florida has done nothing to address how employers are to treat employees who will be prescribed marijuana for their disabilities. One of the unanswered questions for Florida employers … Continue Reading

DOL Does A “Do Over” on Overtime Regs and White Collar Exemptions

On November 22, 2016, many of you breathed a (big) sigh of relief. Why? Because a Texas federal judge issued a nationwide temporary injunction precluding the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) 2016 overtime regulations from going into effect on December 1, 2016. These regulations would have significantly increased the minimum salary amount for the executive, … Continue Reading

Cyberattack: All Eyes On HR

Ransomware attacks are on the rise. Tuesday, a massive ransomware attack hit global businesses around the world. Last month, the worldwide cyberattack WannaCry affected more than 300,000 computers in over 150 countries. These are just the latest in a string of cybersecurity incidents that have threatened not only the confidentiality of company information, but the … Continue Reading

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

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? At this point I know you … Continue Reading

Six Month EAD Extension for Haitian Nationals who Re-register for TPS

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would extend temporary protected status (TPS) for Haitian nationals in the U.S. The extension is for only six months and there is a good possibility that DHS will decline to extend TPS status for Haitian nationals beyond January 22, 2018. Current beneficiaries of Haiti’s … Continue Reading

Another Attempt To Pass Private Sector Comp-Time Legislation

As the fate of the Department of Labor’s revised overtime regulations remains in limbo as a result of a nationwide injunction (currently on appeal) issued in November 2016, Congress now has chimed-in on wage and hour issues potentially impacting non-exempt employees.  This week, the House of Representatives passed The Working Families Flexibility Act (“the Bill”), … Continue Reading
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