Blog

Legal Alert: Paying Police Employees: Eleventh Circuit Rules Certain Prep And Travel Time Is Not Compensable

Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Labor and Employment
Tags: Fort Lauderdale Labor Law Attorneys

New DOJ Focus on Harassment by State and Local Governments

On February 28, 2018, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced a new initiative to combat sexual harassment in the public sector. The initiative is specifically focused on State and local government employers.  The initiative will include an increase in enforcement actions, such as lawsuits against public sector employers, with a focus on sexual harassment.  For example, the DOJ announced a new lawsuit it is filing against the City of Houston Fire Department alleging that it discriminated against two female firefighters on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII when it allowed them to be subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace.

Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Labor and EmploymentCommunity Outreach
Tags: Fort Lauderdale Labor Law Attorneys

Legal Alert: New Executive Order Impacts State Agencies’ Requirements for Sexual Harassment Training, Claim Investigation and Resolution

On December 12, 2017, Governor Rick Scott issued an executive order requiring state agencies to provide sexual harassment training to all new employees and supervisors and to adopt detailed procedures for investigating and resolving complaints of sexual harassment.  The goal of the order is to encourage reporting of harassment and help prevent further harassment or retaliation against victims of harassment.  In issuing the order, Governor Scott seeks to work toward the eradication of sexual harassment and misconduct in state government. 

Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Labor and EmploymentLocal Government
Tags: Special Counsel to Local GovernmentFort Lauderdale Labor Law Attorneys

FEMA Regulations on Exempt Employee Wages

In the aftermath of natural disasters such as Hurricane Irma, local governments may be eligible to receive reimbursement for labor costs directly related to a natural disaster under the Public Assistance (PA) Program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In general, FEMA reimbursement of labor costs is available where the labor costs were necessary and reasonable to properly address the disaster. This is a multi-faceted analysis involving, among other items, FEMA’s review of local and national labor data, the specific circumstances of the employer at the time and employer documentation. In order to be eligible for reimbursement of labor costs, local governments must, at a minimum, have a written policy that was implemented prior to the natural disaster for which the employer seeks reimbursement of labor costs. Additionally, to be eligible for reimbursement, the employer’s policy should, at a minimum:

Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Labor and Employment
Tags: Fort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law Attorneys

Medical Marijuana Legislation Signed

On June 23, 2017, Governor Scott signed legislation aimed at implementing Amendment 2: Florida’s constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana in the state. Senate Bill 8A (“SB 8A”) is poised to expand the use of medical marijuana that was previously enacted by the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 (“Charlotte’s Web”).

Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Labor and Employment
Tags: Municipal Government

Brett Schneider Speaks at HRABC 2017 Legal Seminar

On May 11th, Member and Chair of the Firm's Labor & Employment Group, Brett Schneider presented at Human Resource Association of Broward County's Legal Seminar.  Brett presentation was called, “Overcoming the Haze of Medical Marijuana in Florida".  In addition, the Firm was proud to sponsor the event.

Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Labor and EmploymentCommunity Outreach
Tags: Event

Susan Trevarthen & Alison Smith Speak On Medical Marijuana

Member & Chair of the firm's Public Land Use Department Susan Trevarthen and Labor & Employment Partner Alison Smith spoke on Medical Marijuana Issues Affecting Local Government Including Land Use And Labor Issues at the Florida City and County Management Association's regional training in Sanford, Florida on March 24, 2017. 

Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Labor and EmploymentCommunity Outreach
Tags: Event

Alison Smith Speaks at Barry University

Labor & Employment Partner Alison Smith, spoke at Barry University on February 20th. Alison spoke on various labor and employment topics including diversity in the workplace, talent acquisition, performance management, among other interesting and important topics.

Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Labor and EmploymentCommunity Outreach
Tags: Fort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law Attorneys

Brett Schneider Speaks at Democratic Professionals Network Luncheon

Member & Chair of the Labor/Employment Department Brett Schneider, spoke on a panel for the Democratic Professionals Network on the topic of the New Medical Marijuana Law.

Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Labor and EmploymentCommunity Outreach
Tags: Brett Schneider

EEOC National Origin Updated Guidance

On November 21, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission published updated guidance explaining how it enforces the prohibition against national origin discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The EEOC also released an informal question and answer publication as well as a small business fact sheet. 

Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Labor and Employment
Tags: Fort Lauderdale Labor Law Attorneys