What happens when you lose your job? In most states, there are protections offering you unemployment benefits for up to 26 weeks, and a few states that offer you benefits for even a longer period of time. In the state of Florida, available weeks of benefits are tied to the unemployment rate and adjusted on […]
How the Obama Administration May Have Improved Your Job
Workers Rights Protected by New Federal Regulations New federal regulations are here to protect employee rights. If you work for a company that does business with the federal government, you just might be seeing some changes. Under new rules and regulations laid out by the Obama Administration and the Department of Labor, workers’ rights are […]
I Just Got Fired. Now What?
Getting terminated from a job is very stressful. Not only do you have financial concerns but your pride suffers as well. It hurts to be told, “this just isn’t working out”. While Florida is an at-will state, and you can be fired at any time, there are several reasons employers can’t fire you. Knowing these […]
Fired for Not Signing Non-Compete Agreement?
You May Have a Wrongful Termination Case. Employers institute non-compete agreements for a variety of reasons, mainly to prohibit employees with critical information on the company from taking clients or ideas to competitors. Agreements can be narrow in prohibiting only direct pilfering of clients, research, and employees or extremely broad in prohibiting employees from working […]
Can I Be Fired or Disciplined for Using FMLA?
Although Florida is an at-will work state, employment law still dictates certain policies that protect employees from wrongful termination. The 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is one such provision that was put in place to maintain a worker’s job role and reputation during eligible leave. Can an employer fire or discipline a worker […]
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 […]
Fired for Reporting Workplace Abuse?
Most Common Retaliation Tactics In The Workplace Just recently, Walmart made headlines for allegations they retaliated against employees who protested against the company’s wages and working conditions in 2013. Sadly, this appears to be common practice among many companies, big and small. In fact, even though employees who report abuse are protected by federal law, […]
Extended Holiday Hours Doesn’t Mean Overtime Pay
Confused about the subject of overtime and holiday pay? Getting paid what you are legally owed is important to all workers — and having the right information about this area of employee rights will help give you the clarity you need to make the right legal decisions. Retailers from Wal-Mart and Target all the way […]
Hey Floridian! Don’t Count On Getting Your Unemployment Benefits
Florida’s New Multi-Million Dollar Unemployment System Delaying Benefits to the Unemployed We’ve had to deal with a government shutdown, a debt ceiling crisis and inefficient website dedicated to government-mandated Obamacare. And now thousands of unemployed Floridians get to experience a delay in their unemployment benefits. Why? The state’s rollout of a new unemployment benefits system […]
How To File for Unemployment and Get It
Have you found yourself unemployed? Not sure how to file for unemployment benefits? Here’s what you need to know to get the process started and get back on track. Am I Eligible for Unemployment Benefits in Florida? One of the most common questions from those who have just lost their job is, “Do I qualify […]