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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

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

Employment Law Changes Likely Ahead

With a new administration, folks in the employment world are anticipating change.  Here are some key issues to keep your eyes on: Salary Test for Certain Overtime Exempt Employees– Expect the DOL to pull back or not enforce new regulations nearly doubling the salary threshold for the “white collar” exemptions to the overtime provisions of … Continue Reading

New Law Widens Insurance Options for Eligible Small Employers

A new law passed by Congress reinstates the ability of eligible small employers to reimburse employee paid premiums to purchase individual health insurance policies. The law reverses the application of huge penalties that would have applied to such reimbursement actions under the IRS’ interpretation of the Affordable Care Act. The new law (the 21st Century … Continue Reading

Warnings for Your Company Holiday Party

It is that time of year again – Holiday Party Season!  What’s a party without alcohol, and what’s a law blog without a curmudgeon preaching moderation and reasonableness? (Paramount Pictures’ 2016 trailer for Office Christmas Party shows just how out of control these parties can get!) We all know the dangers of drinking and driving. Even … Continue Reading

It’s Easy Being Green In Florida: Corporations For The “Socially-Minded”

Many employees enjoy working for employers who “do good” in the world. Making money is important, but not always the sole mission of the employer. A large number of companies and their employees are involved in charities and volunteerism. However, a rising number of employers are making a profit while also focusing on societal and environmental … Continue Reading

What Employers Need to Know about Zika

The Zika virus — a disease spread primarily through mosquito bites — continues to make international headlines. While the virus is not new, it is new to the Americas. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), outbreaks have been reported in at least 51 countries or territories. Brazil has been the country most affected … Continue Reading

Non-Compete Agreements Under Attack

“I‘m in Competition with Myself and Losing.” – Roger Waters Agreements restricting employees’ ability to compete against their employers are commonplace in the American workplace.  They serve as an effective means by which employers can protect their legitimate business interests in, among other things, their customer relationships, their trade secrets and intellectual property as well … Continue Reading

Telecommuting: Perk or Problem?

As we become increasingly more mobile, telecommuting programs are among the fastest growing benefit for employees. While the term “work from home” may trigger visions of a 24-year-old with a laptop at a Starbucks, the typical telecommuter is actually a 49-year old college graduate. Having an endless supply of caramel macchiatos during the workday may … Continue Reading

Boozing it up at the Company Holiday Party

It is that time of year again. According to a Society for Human Resources Management survey discussed in the South Florida Sun Sentinel, fewer employers plan to host a holiday party this year. However, many of those employers who are hosting a party plan to spend more this year, and sixty percent plan to serve … Continue Reading

Employees are taking back Thanksgiving!!!

Employees are taking back Thanksgiving!!! What impact will that have on your business if the trend continues?  Is the trend driven by a return to more traditional values surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday or is it just plain good business sense? Employers are asking themselves these questions ever since Recreational Equipment, Inc., otherwise known as “REI,” … Continue Reading

Is “Paid Leave” on Florida’s Horizon?

Did you watch the Democratic presidential debate on October 13, 2015? If so, you heard the candidates make many promises, among them paid family leave. True, we already have the FMLA, but it only requires unpaid leave, it only applies to employers with 50 or more employees, and it only applies to employees who have … Continue Reading

IT’S UNBELIEVABLE! – BILL INTRODUCED INTO CONGRESS WOULD TURN LABOR RELATIONS ON ITS HEAD

There has been a consistent and steady decrease in unionization across the Country over the past forty years.  Although many can argue as to the reasons for that, it is clear that organized labor intends to alter that trend by changing the rules of the game.  The most recent attempt is the Workplace Action for … Continue Reading

“No Jerk” Workplace Policies Pay Off

“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 for good reasons.  A recent article … Continue Reading

Sacked by a Cell Phone: Tom Brady and the Peril of Destroying Evidence

Why is the Tom Brady saga referred to as “Deflategate”?  As many know, the penchant for adding the suffix “gate” to any scandal stems from the infamous 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters at the Watergate office complex and the Nixon Administration’s efforts to cover up its involvement.  Ultimately, President Nixon’s attempt to … Continue Reading

OMG! Your Policy Says What? Part 2

Many employers and their attorneys believe the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has gone off the deep end.  This school of thought was again reinforced with the NLRB’s June 18, 2015 Remington Lodge Hospitality decision. In a 2-to-1 decision, the NLRB held that the Sheraton Anchorage hotel committed an unfair labor practice by maintaining (and could … Continue Reading

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished – Improper Extension of Benefits after Termination of Employment

You’ve always treated your employees fairly, even when the relationship doesn’t work out and you have to let the employee go or when you’ve had to terminate employees due to downsizing. Often, you agree to continue the employee’s benefits for a few months during a severance period. You know how important it is to have … Continue Reading
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