Tag Archives: Florida law

Signing Your Life Away? – The COVID-19 Waiver

Ver la versión en español aquí Businesses often ask customers to sign a waiver before renting a Sea-Doo, zip-lining, tubing, or perhaps even so your child can bounce on a trampoline or in a bounce house.  But can a business use a waiver to avoid liability if a customer contracts COVID-19 after visiting the business?  … Continue Reading

Top Takeaways from Our Back to Work Virtual Chat

Earlier this week, we hosted a “Back to Work Virtual Chat.” As businesses begin to re-open and adjust to the “new normal”, we hoped to provide employers, big or small, with guidance to help navigate through these unprecedented times. Our goal was to provide practical information (not legal advice)  to help organizations address the various … Continue Reading

Register Now for Our Back to Work Virtual Chat – June 1

Trying to juggle work and home? Wish you had a crystal ball to see the future “new normal” workplace? Wouldn’t you welcome some guidance on return to work issues? Problem solved – we know how to juggle and we have a crystal ball! We also can provide guidance on important workplace issues that HR and … Continue Reading

DOL Provides More Guidance on the FFCRA

The DOL has been working overtime attempting to clarify and answer questions on various aspects of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). As we reported last week, the DOL issued its “Employee Rights” poster, along with initial guidance in the form of “Questions and Answers.” On Thursday night (March 26) and then again on Saturday evening … Continue Reading

Federal Paid Leave Law Signed by President Trump

On Wednesday evening, March 18th, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”), which, among other things, mandates paid time off for certain qualifying events. There are two primary components in terms of paid time off: (1) the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (“E-FMLA”); and (2) the Emergency … Continue Reading

Employment Laws Percolating Through the Florida Legislature

Ver la versión en español aquí 2020 Session is upon us and there are some interesting labor and employment bills percolating through the Florida Legislature. Here are few particularly notable bills that caught our eye: Minimum Wage Minimum wage is a frequent flier in the Florida Legislature and 2020 is no exception. One pending bill … Continue Reading

LGBTQ Rights in Employment: Does it Boil Down to the “Bathroom Use” Question Again?

Ver la versión en español aquí When the first transgender discrimination case reached the U.S. Supreme Court, Chief Justice Roberts asked, “What do we do about bathrooms?” Now, The Supreme Court has been asked the question: Does Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits sex discrimination at work, apply to discrimination … Continue Reading

Kiwis Will Have the Protection of Paid Domestic Violence Leave. What About Floridians?

Ver la versión en español aquí In April 2019, New Zealand employers will be required to provide victims of domestic violence 10 days of paid leave. The purpose of the paid leave is to allow domestic violence victims to relocate, seek legal help, and address their trauma without fear of losing their income. In Florida, … Continue Reading

New Tip Rules Impact All Employers Who Receive Tips

Ver la versión en español aquí 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 … Continue Reading

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

Ver la versión en español aquí 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 … 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 our post from hurricane season last year on what happens to employees’ pay … Continue Reading

Did a Florida Appellate Court Just “Dis” an Employment Agreement’s Arbitration Provision?

Ver la versión en español aquí 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 … Continue Reading

It’s Payday! Are Pay Stubs an Employer’s Friend or Foe?

Ver la versión en español aquí Poll in-house counsel about the things that keep them up at night.  The contents of a wage statement (commonly known as a “pay stub”) would be way down that list.  After all, the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Florida state law do not require any specific information … Continue Reading

Data Breaches May Cost Corporations Dearly

Ver la versión en español aquí Yahoo! has taken several hits in the last six months for failing to protect its users’ electronic information. Its September, 2016 announcement of a massive 2014 data breach that exposed the email addresses and other personally identifiable information (“PII”) of approximately 500 million accountholders derailed its proposed merger with … Continue Reading

Ambushed by Public Records Act Trolls: The Risk of Exposure for Private Companies

Ver la versión en español aquí It’s Friday, nearly 5 o’clock and you’re getting ready to go home. A stranger appears at your office waiving a copy of the Florida Public Records Act, demanding to see your company’s records. You explain that “this is a private company and not subject to the Public Records Act”. … Continue Reading

Florida’s Medical Marijuana Constitutional Amendment Takes Effect Today

The Florida Medical Marijuana Legislative Initiative (also known as Amendment 2), passed with 71% of the popular vote on November 8, 2016.  Amendment 2 allows the medical use of marijuana for individuals with certain debilitating medical conditions as determined by a licensed Florida physician.  Because Amendment 2 is silent as to its effective date, under … Continue Reading

Non-Compete Agreements Under Fire by the White House?

Ver la versión en español aquí Not really. On October 25, 2016, the White House issued a call to action urging states to reform their non-compete laws.  The call to action acknowledges that non-compete agreements are appropriate in certain circumstances, (for example, to protect trade secrets), but expressed the view that employers are, in many instances, … Continue Reading

A Penny for Your Thoughts . . . A Nickel for Your Minimum Wage

Ver la versión en español aquí Florida’s minimum wage is going up. Starting January 1, 2017, Florida’s current minimum wage of $8.05 will increase five cents to $8.10 per hour.  For a full-time Florida employee (working 2080 hours), the increase equates to $104 more in wages per year.  The five cent increase was based on … Continue Reading

It’s Easy Being Green in Florida: Corporations for the “Socially-Minded”

  Ver la versión en español aquí 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 … Continue Reading

When a Florida Employee Jumps Ship: Welcome to the Temporary Injunction Sprint

Ver la versión en español aquí In today’s legal world, a very small number of lawsuits are litigated through trial, with less than 2% ever materializing into trial. Although for many clients that is good news (since trial can become very expensive very quickly), other clients want their day in court.  However, trial isn’t the … Continue Reading

There is a New EEOC “Sheriff” in Town!

Ver la versión en español aquí I recently attended a breakfast meeting with Michael Farrell, the new District Director for the Miami office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The Miami District Office has jurisdiction over the State of Florida (excluding a few counties in Florida’s Panhandle), as well as Puerto Rico and the … Continue Reading

Non-Compete Agreements Under Attack

Ver la versión en español aquí “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 … Continue Reading

The Writ (and Wisdom) of Wage Garnishments

Your employee, Debbie Deadbeat, doesn’t pay her debts and gets slapped with a judgment. Before you know it, a process server comes to your office and serves you with a continuing writ of garnishment of Debbie’s salary and wages. First:  What is a Writ?  Second:  What should you do about it? A Writ is essentially … Continue Reading

Payperless Paydays – Paycards: A Good Alternative to Direct Deposit?

Ver la versión en español aquí For years, employers have looked for ways to implement a one-size-fits-all paperless (all electronic) pay system for paying employees’ wages. While direct deposit is a good option, there are very few states that allow an employer to implement direct deposit if an employee does not agree. Florida is not … Continue Reading
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