COVID-19

The Sass Law Firm remains committed to protecting the rights of employees, and we will continue to provide consultations during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, to protect both you and our staff and to mitigate any potential spread of the virus, we will conduct all consultations by telephone or Skype until further notice. If you need an accommodation due to a disability, please inform the receptionist at the time you make your appointment.

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…

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…

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,…

Five Pandemic Related Employment Claims on the Rise

With the pandemic, there are five employment claims on the rise as employers navigate the pandemic and efforts to re-open businesses.  These pandemic related employment claims range from violations of rights to expanded leave under new legislation as well as claims related to employment loss and notice and overtime under well established law.   1.  Expanded…

Unemployment Compensation: DEO says I am ineligible for benefits.  Now what do I do?

DEO denied your claim? Here’s what to do if the Florida DEO says you are not eligible for unemployment benefits: If the DEO’s notice of denial does not provide the reason, find it out. It could be wage base period issues, lack of wage history, multiple claims in one year, separation circumstances, incomplete applications, etcetera….

Returning to Work After the Quarantine: What Types of Medical Certification and Testing are Permitted Under the Law?

The EEOC recently issued guidance on what information and tests employers may request from employees when they reopens their workplace doors during this pandemic. Before allowing an employee to return to work an employer may: Ask you if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Take your body temperature. Ask for a doctor’s note certifying fitness…

You Requested Paid Sick Leave Due to COVID-19 – Can Your Employer Ask All of These Questions?

The IRS is telling employers they must have certain documentation to get the tax credits for paid sick leave promised under the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Therefore, if you must take FFCRA paid sick leave, your employer will likely ask you for the documentation it needs. The employer will ask for: Your…

Trouble Filing For Unemployment? You Are Not Alone!

Many people are sharing stories about the difficulty of applying for benefits as such large numbers of applicant swarm the system. Don’t give up. Keep trying. If you cannot seem to be able to get through, try applying during overnight hours. Alternatively, the Department of Economic Opportunity reported today that it will be issuing paper…