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My employer owes me money for time I worked. When does the law require them to pay?

Employees often ask when their employer is required to pay them for the hours they worked after they have been terminated or leave the job. Unfortunately, there isn’t a simple answer because Florida law generally does not specify a timeframe for payment. So, how does an employee get the wages they are owed if the […]

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References: Can my former employer talk bad about me to prospective employers?

Have you ever wondered what your previous employer can say to a prospective employer? There is a common belief that your employer is only permitted to provide dates of employment and last position held. Unfortunately, this is simply not the case. Generally, Florida law provides an employer with “qualified immunity” from damages and defamation claims for disclosing

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Additional Steps to Take if You Think You are About to Get Fired

Picking up from where we left off last week (see Steps to Take), just before being terminated or at the time you are being fired, you may not always remember all the right questions to ask or actions to take.  In the second part of this series, we provide additional things you can do to

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Steps to Take if You Feel You are About to Get Fired!

Feeling like you are about to get terminated or laid off? Make sure you take these recommended steps to best protect yourself: TRY TO GET A DOCUMENTED REASON FOR THE TERMINATION OR LAYOFF, IF POSSIBLE. Employers are not legally required to give you a reason for your termination or layoff. This makes it easier for

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PROVING YOUR CASE: What NOT to Take From Your Employer

If you have a legal dispute in the workplace, you may wonder how to collect the evidence you need to prove your case.  Because you typically have the burden of proving your case, and because important information usually is controlled by the employer, you may be tempted to gather information if you believe you are

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The Highest Court to Decide Landmark Cases on Sexual Orientation and Title VII

On April 22, 2019, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear three cases: (1) Bostock v. Clayton County; (2) Altitude Express v. Zarda; and (3) R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  The Justices will decide whether sex discrimination, covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act

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Think Twice Before Using Your Own Cell Phone for Work

Many employers permit, even encourage, employees to use personal cell phones for work, as well as other devices, such as your laptop, tablet, home computer, etc.  On the surface it sounds convenient, but have you really considered the risks?  Do you understand your company’s Bring Your Own Device or “BYOD” policy? What about other policies

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Workplace Violence: Your Employer has a Duty to Protect You!

Many companies have a “zero tolerance” policy for violence in the workplace.  It’s pretty standard nowadays, and everyone knows not to hit, punch, slap or even touch their co-workers. While employers prohibit workplace violence, the law was unsettled about whether your employer has to protect you from workplace violence. But now, in an unprecedented decision,

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FMLA No-No’s: Is Your Employer Complying?

The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued a letter explaining certain employer practices that violate the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In case you did not know, the FMLA provides eligible employees unpaid, job-protected medical leave for up to 12 weeks (or 26 weeks if military related) in a 12-month period for an employee’s

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Salaried? Proposed New Salary Requirements May Affect You

Under the federal law, the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, employees paid a salary equal to or more than $23,660 annually ($455 or more per week) and who perform certain job duties are not entitled to overtime pay. If all goes as expected, that will soon change.  In March 2019, the U.S. Department of

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