Labor & Employment

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Relief is on the way! Florida approved to provide extended unemployment benefits

The federal CARES Act allowing unemployment benefits of up to $600 per week expired on July 31, 2020.  Unfortunately, the need for these monies continues as many unemployed workers remain without jobs after July 31, 2020 because of the pandemic.  There is hope on the horizon that these workers will receive some additional unemployment benefits

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With schools re-opening, am I entitled to paid leave if my kids do online learning?

Right now many school districts are requiring parents to choose between returning to traditional school and online learning this upcoming 2020-2021 school year.  However, if you are working, this choice could impact your job security. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) allows eligible employees, who cannot work (including telework) because their child(ren)’s school is

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Fired because of the pandemic. Is my non-compete enforceable?

Were you recently fired because of the pandemic and wondering if the non-compete you signed is still enforceable? Don’t assume that just because you got terminated that you are free to ignore those obligations. You should know that Florida actually has a statute that says courts must enforce non-competes within certain guidelines. And, to make

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Can I be fired for my social media posts?

Employees can be fired for their social media posts. In Florida, most employees are employed at will. At will employment means that you can be fired for any reason unless the reason violates federal or state laws. Many people believe the First Amendment prohibits an employer from firing them because of their protected speech in

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New DOL Tool to Determine Eligibility for Paid Sick Leave

Are you eligible for paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which provides for paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for pandemic related reasons to eligible employees. As the pandemic and the need for leave continues, the Department of Labor created a new tool that helps you to determine

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Can I use the pandemic paid sick leave for canceled summer camp?

Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), eligible workers can take up to two weeks paid sick leave, as well as expanded paid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), to care for children if schools or places of care are closed due to the pandemic.  To learn more about worker eligibility,

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Can I be fired for who I vote for?

In Florida, you cannot be fired for voting, despite the fact that employment is at-will.  Employment at-will means that absent an employment contract, an employer can fire you for a good reason, a bad reason, or no reason at all.  However, there are exceptions to employment at-will. An employer cannot terminate employees for unlawful reasons—those

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Can you be fired for being gay or transgender? Supreme Court rules no!

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that federal law protects LGBTQ workers from employment discrimination. In this landmark decision, the Court resolved a dispute between the lower courts on whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) prohibits sexual orientation discrimination.  Read the full opinion here. Title VII

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10 Common Whistleblower Claims

Employees who blow the whistle are protected from retaliation, such as discharge, discipline, and other adverse employment actions, under federal and/or state law. Are you the victim of retaliation as a whistleblower? Here are 10 common whistleblower claims that may protect you. Florida Private Whistleblower Act: The FWA prevents employers of 10 employees or more

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