Category Archives: Labor Law

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Independent Contractor or Employee? It’s Complicated

Ver la versión en español aquí. Worker classification just got as complicated as Ross and Rachel’s relationship status on ‘Friends’! Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a new rule on how to classify employees and independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Moving forward, the DOL will use a multifactor, … Continue Reading

Happy Holidays from Stearns Weaver Miller’s Labor & Employment Department!

Ver la versión en español aquí. Thank you for being a subscriber. Wishing you a joyous holiday season and happy, healthy year ahead. We hope that BeLabor the Point has brought you important information throughout the year and a few smiles along the way. Speaking of smiles, click on the image below to view our Labor & … Continue Reading

Is Civility in the Workplace Dead?

Ver la versión en español aquí Prior to 2020, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) took a three-pronged approach to analyzing whether vulgar, threatening, or offensive speech by employees fell inside or outside of the protections of section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). As we discussed at our recent breakfast seminar, depending … Continue Reading

Take the Off-the-Shelf Employment Agreements… Off the Shelf

Ver la versión en español aquí This is your reminder — always have counsel review and revise every agreement before offering it to an employee.  A number of new decisions and laws have made many standard employment agreements, restrictive covenant agreements, separation agreements, and settlement agreements completely unenforceable.  Below are a few examples…… Continue Reading

REGISTER NOW! Miami Labor & Employment Law Breakfast Series

Ver la versión en español aquí. In lieu of our annual seminar, we will be hosting a two-part breakfast series in our Miami office. In Part 1, we will analyze rapid changes in employment law and provide suggestions on how to navigate the multiverse of employment problems now facing HR. Stay tuned for details on Part … Continue Reading

Look to Your Left…It’s the New NLRB

Ver la versión en español aquí. For several years now, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has been disavowing any pretension that it is an “intermediary” between labor and management.  Instead, the new NLRB has firmly tipped the scales in favor of organized labor.  This has clearly impacted all employers, as the NLRB has increasingly … Continue Reading

I Took a Short Vacation and All I Got Was Changes to Federal Employment Laws

Ver la versión en español aquí. Earlier this week, I returned from a short vacation to find the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) took action against three companies requiring them to invalidate their noncompete agreements with employees. Then yesterday, the FTC rolled out a proposed rule which, if enacted, would turn many state laws on the … Continue Reading

Happy Holidays from Stearns Weaver Miller’s Labor & Employment Department!

Ver la versión en español aquí. Thank you for being a subscriber. Wishing you a joyous holiday season and happy, healthy year ahead. We hope that BeLabor the Point has brought you important information throughout the year and a few smiles along the way. Speaking of smiles, click on the image below to view our Labor & … Continue Reading

Top Takeaways from Our 2022 Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar

Ver la versión en español aquí. Wow, it has been a whirlwind past few weeks! It was great to see so many of you at our Labor Seminars in Miami, Tampa and Tallahassee. We hope you were able to gain valuable insight into a wide range of topics of interest and importance to you. If … Continue Reading

The NLRB Joint Employer Pendulum Swings Back Again…

Ver la versión en español aquí. If your company engages with contractors to perform services you may think are completely unrelated to your business at first glance…beware.  It will soon be more likely that the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) will deem the s employees to be yours.  For years, political interests have created a … Continue Reading

Avoiding Unfair Labor Practices (ULPs)

Ver la versión en español aquí. In January 2021, I made several “way too early” pre-season predictions about then president-elect Joe Biden’s agenda regarding labor and employment. High on President Biden’s wish list was the Protect the Right to Organize Act (“PRO”), which would substantially strengthen labor law to the advantage of employees and unions. … Continue Reading

REGISTER NOW! Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminars

Ver la versión en español aquí. After a two-year hiatus, we are thrilled to be back in person! This year’s theme is “When Really Bad Things Happen to Really Good Employers…” Our annual seminars draw hundreds of human resource professionals, in-house counsel and senior executives from Florida’s top businesses. And for good reason! No one … Continue Reading

Bottom of the Ninth

Ver la versión en español aquí. We are now in the fourth week of February, yet a familiar tradition has not taken place.  Major League baseball players have not yet reported to their respective camps for Spring Training.  Unable to reach a new collective bargaining agreement with the MLB Players Association last December, the MLB … Continue Reading

Employers with less than 250 employees: You now have to report all new employees and independent contractors hired!

Ver la versión en español aquí Employers with more than 250 employees have always been required to report “new hires”.  Effective October 1, 2021, however, regardless of how many employees an employer has, all Florida employers need to report new hires, and in addition certain “independent contractors” to the Florida Department of Revenue within 20 … Continue Reading

Top Takeaways from “Breaking Through the Noise: Labor & Employment Issues Post-Pandemic”

Thank you to our clients and friends who have watched ”Breaking Through the Noise: Labor & Employment Issues Post-Pandemic” so far! We hope you enjoyed it and were provided with timely, relevant and valuable insight. If you have not tuned in yet, the program is available on demand to watch at your leisure. CLICK HERE TO WATCH! Below … Continue Reading

Ready to watch? Breaking Through The Noise AVAILABLE NOW!

IT’S SHOW TIME!   Breaking Through the Noise, our much anticipated 2.5 hour “TV News” program addressing employment issues that you will need to know about in a post-pandemic business environment, is available NOW. CLICK TO WATCH! Block off some time on your calendar now through Sunday, June 20th at 11:59pm ET to enjoy the program!  … Continue Reading

SAVE THE DATES – Breaking Through The Noise: Labor & Employment Issues Post-Pandemic

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!   We are excited to announce the air date for Breaking through the Noise, our much anticipated 2.5 hour “TV News” program addressing employment issues that you will need to know about in a post-pandemic business environment. The program will be available to view on our website at your leisure from Wednesday, June … Continue Reading

Coming Soon in June to a Screen Near You!

For the last 30 years, we have put on a live, all-day conference attended by hundreds of our clients and friends across Florida.  Unfortunately, due to COVID, the seminar was cancelled again this year.  As we know almost everyone is Zoom-ed and webinar-ed out, we thought we’d do something different this year – a two-hour … Continue Reading

Pre-Season Predictions: Labor and Employment Under the Incoming Biden Administration

Ver la versión en español aquí The champagne was still flowing in the Alabama locker room on Monday night following their thumping of Ohio State in the College Football National Championship Game when sports media outlets began to publish their “Way Too Early” Top 25 polls for next season. It is a stark reminder that … Continue Reading

All I Want for the Holidays is a COVID-19 Vaccine!

Ver la versión en español aquí Finally, there is a light at the end of this tunnel.  COVID-19 vaccines have been approved for use and are currently being shipped nationwide. COVID-19 vaccinations are a polarizing topic.  Well-regarded medical professionals report that the vaccines are between 94-95% effective, have minimal side effects (which do not include … Continue Reading

Twitter, TikTok, and Termination: Navigating Employees’ Social Media Usage

Ver la versión en español aquí With approximately 3.6 billon people expressing themselves using social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, and most recently, TikTok, employers have to ask themselves some important questions regarding their employees’ usage of these applications.  Should employers set boundaries as to what they will or will not … Continue Reading

Black Lives Matter Apparel At Work – Legal, Business and Social Considerations

Ver la versión en español aquí The Black Lives Matter (“BLM”) movement has sparked significant emotion in the past few months.  As the NBA restarts the season, TV viewers will see the phrase emblazoned on the courts and on some players’ jerseys.  What you won’t see on TV are the large employers which have faced … Continue Reading

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Ver la versión en español aquí This sentiment is perfect for a Kenny Chesney summer concert.  Now it looks like the NLRB and the EEOC can “get along”, and at the same time make it easier for employers to appropriately discipline employees who engage in unacceptable behavior, even if that behavior occurs during otherwise “protected” … Continue Reading
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