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Defying Deficits: A New Minimum Wage in the Age of Unemployment

As the annual unemployment rate modestly decreases (down .7 percent from 2012), workers have come to expect paybacks in the form of post-recession employment. Enter: “The New Minimum Wage” and the debate over its latent impact on joblessness. Could an increase in pay lead to an upsurge in unemployment? Some economists still express concerns over […]

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New overtime rules for salaried workers on the way

In most parts of the country, a salary of $24,000 a year doesn’t get you very far. But if you are a salaried employee making that much or more, and are classified by your employer as an administrative, executive or professional employees, you are not legally entitled to overtime pay. Think for a minute about […]

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Florida calls in the Feds to clean up their $63 million mess

After launching their unemployment benefits website in October 2013, Florida sees less-than-perfect results – and now they’re blaming the developer As we’ve previously discussed, Florida invested $63 million in creating a new unemployment benefits website. In 2011, the state decided to require its citizens seeking unemployment compensation to file online. At the time, there was […]

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Is your office a hostile work environment?

Florida law has a specific definition of what constitutes a hostile work environment. Find out if yours qualifies. Your boss is a bully. Your co-workers yell at you one day, ignore you the next – and one of them’s leaving offensive notes in your in-box. And none of it shows any sign of stopping anytime […]

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I want to sue my employer for discrimination

How long do I have to file a charge of discrimination? The short answer is “it depends.” Generally speaking, under federal law you have 300 days from the date of the last “adverse employment action,” including your termination, to pursue a claim. Under Florida law the deadline is extended out to 365 days. But, it […]

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Wage payment laws in Florida: what are the facts?

It’s not always easy to know if you’re being paid in compliance with state and federal laws. Some employers intentionally try to confuse or even intimidate their workers into accepting a lower pay rate than the law allows. The best way to prevent that from happening is to know your rights under the law. We’ve […]

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Employment law, pregnancy and maternity leave in Florida: What are your rights?

Many people think that employers can arbitrarily fire employees who become pregnant, on the grounds that they will either miss too much work or are no longer physically able to do their jobs. In some cases, that’s actually true. However, in others, pregnant women do have legal protection against employment discrimination and unfair termination under […]

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Naughty or Nice List

How FLSA Violations Will Be Shared on Social Media We’re a group of labor employment lawyers. We can give you our very best advice, and vigorously represent your interests in a labor or employment dispute with your employer. However, we are not app-creators. That being said, we can’t resist commenting on a challenge issued by […]

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Intern or Employee?

How Misclassification Can Lead to Unpaid Wages Intern programs are an attractive entry-point to gain work experience. Many students and people who have difficulty landing a position in their chosen field are eager to “get their foot in the door.” Some trade pay for experience, agreeing to work for no pay or below minimum wage. […]

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Are You Paid Fair Wages and Overtime?

How Working “Off the Clock” Can Leave Call Center Employees Underpaid Call centers are notorious for not paying fair wages and overtime. Employees often fall victim because they’re unaware of their rights. Working Without Compensation Employers responsible for operating call centers often require their employees to work “off the clock” without compensating them for their […]

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