Hurricane Season is Officially Here – Is Your Company Prepared?

After years of good fortune, the 2017 Hurricane Season severely impacted most of South Florida and the Gulf Coast. Even those of us who suffered little or no property damage probably lost power for at least a few days, and many had no electricity for weeks.  Businesses had difficulty functioning without electricity, internet access, and safe drinking water.  Many workers were simply unable to come to work – difficulty navigating roads full of debris or without working traffic lights, addressing personal needs, or providing childcare because schools were closed.  Let’s hope that 2018 is a quiet hurricane season, but just in case, below are some steps and policies to prepare for the worst. Continue Reading

Top Takeaways from our Annual Tampa Labor & Employment Law Seminar

Our first Annual Tampa Labor & Employment Law Seminar was a success, with more than 70 attendees! We anticipate growing the seminar in the coming years and will use your feedback to determine future topics and content. Thank you to all who attended.

Congratulations to our blog contest winner! You will receive complimentary registration to our 2019 Tampa Seminar.

  • Regina Speed, Palm Pavilion of Clearwater

Congratulations to our Tampa Bay Lightning tickets winner!

  • Rolando Jimenez, Tampa General Hospital

In addition to a number of essential concepts from our Miami Seminar (including the ADA, Sexual Harassment, the FMLA, and I-9s), our Tampa seminar included new insights and additional HR considerations. Continue Reading

“You’re Too Experienced” – Age Discrimination?

In January 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a federal lawsuit in Miami, Florida, against Seasons 52, a national restaurant chain.  The EEOC alleged Seasons 52 discriminated against older job applicants at 35 of its restaurants nationwide.

During the litigation, the EEOC presented testimony from over 135 applicants that Seasons 52’s hiring managers inquired about their age, and made comments such as, “Seasons 52 girls are younger and fresh,” “We are really looking for someone younger,” and “Seasons 52 hires young people.” The EEOC also alleged that interviewers told rejected applicants they are “too experienced,” which is a seemingly age-neutral statement. Continue Reading

Top Takeaways from our 28th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar

Another successful seminar in the books! Thank you to the nearly 400 attendees who came from near and far. We hope you enjoyed the day and that our presentations provided timely, relevant and valuable insight.

Congratulations to our blog contest winners! You will receive complimentary registrations to our 2019 Seminar.

    • Monelle Petgrave, Amadeus North America
    • Dawn Gevat, JCD Sports Group

The top takeaways from each of our sessions: Continue Reading

REGISTRATION OPEN! Annual TAMPA Labor & Employment Law Seminar

Thank you to those of you who attended our  28th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar in Miami. It was a huge success with over 400 attendees. Be sure to keep an eye out for our top takeaways post coming soon.

In addition to the Miami seminar, we are excited to bring a similar seminar to Tampa this year! Please join us for our Annual TAMPA Labor & Employment Law Seminar Friday, May 18 from 8am-3pm at the Tampa Bay History Center Museum.

Speakers from our Labor & Employment group will cover the following topics:

  • Investigating Harassment Complaints Post Weinstein – Are You Prepared?
  • There Are Two Big HR Issues You Don’t Know About – And They’re Out There!
  • Substance Over Forms: FMLA & I-9
  • You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know About the ADA

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Retaliation Claims: Shield, Sword, or Both?

Did you know that 48.8% of the charges of discrimination filed with the EEOC in the 2017 fiscal year alleged retaliation as a result of employees asserting claims of employment discrimination? In a distant second place were allegations of race discrimination.  In third place: disability discrimination. Employers should expect retaliation claims to continue to lead the pack.  

To give you an idea, in just the past two weeks, Coral Gables Trust Company settled with the EEOC in Miami on sexual harassment and retaliation claims for $180,000 along with other non-monetary terms; a printing company in Nevada settled for $242,000; and a grower in Washington settled for $95,000. On the upside, after litigating claims of retaliation, employers prevailed last week in Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan and Florida.   Continue Reading

New Tip Rules Impact All Employers who Receive Tips

The recent budget bill contains big changes for businesses with tipped employees. The new law provides that an employer (including its managers and supervisors) may not keep any portion of its employees’ tips even if the employer does not take a tip credit, which is a maximum of $3.02 in Florida. Employers who violate this prohibition not only lose the tip credit but also now will be required to repay any improperly kept tips to their employees plus liquidated damages (double damages) based on the total amount of any tip credit taken plus any improperly kept tips. In addition, the Dept. of Labor can now assess violators a civil penalty of up to $1,100 for each violation. Continue Reading

The Department of Labor’s Proposed PAID Program: An Invitation To Turn Yourself In Or To Turn Yourself Inside Out?

Last week, the U.S. Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) announced that it will soon offer employers the chance to self-report to the WHD and potentially resolve minimum wage and overtime violations. This opportunity will be offered under the new WHD Payroll Audit Independent Determination (“PAID”) program.

The employment law community is buzzing with the question: when would it make sense for an employer to subject themselves to a WHD audit? Continue Reading

REGISTRATION OPEN! 28th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar

Please join us for our 28th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar Friday, April 27th from 8am-4pm at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami.

Our annual seminar draws hundreds of human resource professionals, in-house counsel and senior executives from South Florida’s top businesses. And for good reason! No one does events quite like we do – our seminars are not just lectures, they are learning experiences. This year will not disappoint. Continue Reading

Do You Know What Your Employees Really Want?

Yo, I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want. So, tell me what you want, what you really really want.
From “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls

Are financial rewards the best way to motivate employees?

In employee/employer survey after survey over the last 70 years, there has been a continuing disconnect between what employers think employees value most and what employees actually value most. The trend continues up through today.

Here are the survey results ranked in order — 1 being the most valued and 10 being the least valued: Continue Reading