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Brooke Ehrlich Gives Presentation to IPMA-HR on Social Media in the Workplace

On Thursday, March 7, 2019, labor and employment attorney Brooke Ehrlich presented on “Social Media in the Workplace- Positive and Negative Impact and Implications” to the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR).  Brooke spoke about employers’ use of social media, creating and implementing effective social media policies, regulating employees’ social media use, and using social media in hiring decisions. 

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Categories: Community Outreach
Tags: Event

Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman Sponsors 6th Annual Black Heritage Festival

The Firm was proud to sponsor and attend the 6th Annual Black Heritage Festival.  The event was hosted by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan and City of Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Miami Carol City Park.  Pictured is firm attorney, Chanae Wood, accepting a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of the Firm for its sponsorship.

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Categories: Community Outreach
Tags: Event

Three Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman Attorneys Recognized By the DBR

A big congratulations to three of our prominent attorneys on the Daily Business Review’s annual Professional Excellence Awards: Broward Managing Director, Jamie Cole (Finalist for Attorney of the Year Award) Member and Chair of the Appellate Practice Group, Ed Guedes (Winner of Distinguished Leader Award) Partner, Justin Luger (Winner of On the Rise Award)

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Categories: Awards & Recognitions
Tags: Awards & Recognitions

Owners in HOAs Beware: What You Don't Know About Eminent Domain May Hurt You

A recent decision from Florida’s First District Court of Appeal serves as a friendly reminder that those who own common area in homeowners associations are not treated the same as ordinary property owners – at least not in eminent domain proceedings.  In Leon County v. Lakeshore Gardens Homeowners’ Assoc. Inc., Leon County (“County”) sued the Lakeshore Gardens Homeowners’ Association (“Lakeshore HOA”) to acquire an easement over a portion of the common area in the Lakeshore Gardens neighborhood.  The Lakeshore HOA moved to dismiss by claiming (in part) that, because it does not have authority to act on behalf of over 100 property owners in the Lakeshore Gardens community, those owners were indispensable parties to the lawsuit and should have been named individually.  The trial court agreed and dismissed the County’s lawsuit.  The County appealed.

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Categories: Eminent Domain
Tags: Fort Lauderdale Eminent Domain Attorneys

Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman Hosts CABA Panel Discussion

Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman was proud to host the February CABA panel discussion in our Miami office.  The event, “The Cuban Constitution: Past, Present & Future,” was well attended.  Firm Attorney, Haydee Sera who is pictured second from the right, serves on CABA’s Board of Directors.

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Categories: Community Outreach
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Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman Attorneys Speak at Cuban Association of CPAs Annual Fiscal Seminar

Firm Partners, Aleida Martinez-Molina, Eric Hockman, and firm attorney Lawrence Raab did a presentation for the Cuban Association of CPAs as part of their Annual Fiscal Seminar at the Renaissance Coral Gables on February 23rd.  Aleida presented on “Tax Issues in Chapter 11s,” Eric presented on “Cryptocurrencies,” and Lawrence Raab presented on the hot topic of “Opportunity Zones.”  In addition, City of Miami attorney Gigi Soliman spoke on “Affordable Housing.”

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Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman Sponsors BCBA's, “Broward’s Women Pioneers, A Celebration of Women in the Legal Community”

On International Women’s Day - Friday, March 8th - our firm was proud to sponsor the Broward County Bar Association’s “Broward’s Women Pioneers, A Celebration of Women in the Legal Community.”  Firm Managing Director Mitch Burnstein had the privilege of introducing his mother, retired Judge Miette Burnstein, who in 1976 became the first female Circuit Judge in Broward County's history and who paved the way for the many female judges who followed her to the bench.

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Legal Alert: New Proposed Overtime Rule Would Make 1.1 Million More Employees Eligible For Overtime Pay

On March 7, 2019, the Department of Labor announced a new proposed rule that would extend eligibility for overtime pay to approximately 1.1 million additional workers. The proposed rule would require overtime pay for all employees earning less than $35,308 per year. Employees who earn more than this threshold amount can still qualify for overtime exemptions if their job duties primarily involve executive, administrative, or professional functions, often called the “white-collar” exemptions. Unless exempt, employees covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act must receive at least one and one-half times their regular hourly pay rate for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek. 

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

Christopher Saunders Speaks at Broward County Bar Association’s Black History Celebration Lunch

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Legal Alert: Local Governments’ Proprietary Power To Choose Not To Allow Gun Shows At Government Owned Facilities

Pursuant to Florida Statutes, the regulation of firearms and ammunition is preempted to the State, and local governments and their officials are potentially exposed to onerous penalties (including removal from office, personal fines of $5,000, lawsuits against the local government for damages up to $100,000 and attorneys’ fees) if they violate the preemption. The intent and effect of these harsh penalties has been to deter and prevent local governments and their officials from taking community requested actions related to firearms, even if those actions may not be preempted.  

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Categories: Local Government
Tags: South Florida Local Government Law