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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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Categories: Community Outreach
Tags: Event

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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Categories: Community Outreach
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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

Jamie Cole & Alison Smith Participate in Luncheon for Florida Bar President

On February 20th, Broward Office Managing Director Jamie Cole and firm partner Alison Smith attended a luncheon honoring Michelle Suskauer, president of the Florida Bar. The luncheon was sponsored by several organizations including the Broward County Bar Association, of which Jamie and Alison serve as Board Members. The program was called “Up Close and Personal with the Florida Bar President”. 

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Categories: Community Outreach
Tags: Event

Supreme Court Says Constitutional Protection Against Excessive Fines Applies to State Actions

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Categories: Appellate Law & Practice
Tags: Miami Appellate Law Attorneys

Florida Supreme Court Opts Not to Consider Appeal of Lower Court Decision Prohibiting Local Government From Setting Minimum Wage Exceeding State Minimum Wage

On February 6, 2019, Florida's newly constituted Supreme Court chose not to hear Miami Beach's appeal of the Third District Court of Appeal’s decision striking down the City's implementation of a higher minimum wage.   

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

John Quick Organizes Census 2020 Event Hosted By Community Relations Board

Firm partner and Chair of the Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board, John Quick, organized an event hosted by the Community Relations Board.  It was a discussion with NALEO and the Dade County School Board on Census 2020 and strategies to ensure a complete count in Miami-Dade County. John is pictured with 2 members from NALEO and School Board Rep. Lubby Navarro.

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Categories: Community Outreach
Tags: Event

Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman Sponsors 2019 Governor's Baseball Dinner

The Firm was proud to sponsor and attend the Palm Beach Sports Commission's "2019 Governor's Baseball Dinner."  The Dinner was held in West Palm Beach on February 17th at the Kravis Center.  In attendance was Governor Desantis, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, and a host of baseball players.  Attendees from the firm included: Palm Beach Managing Director Brett Schneider,  Chair of Sports and Entertainment Law Group Alan Fertel, Partners Marc Solomon, Anthony Soroka, Sam Zeskind and attorney Alen Hsu.

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Categories: Community Outreach
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Chanae L. Wood Wins Gator Greats Gator First Award

A big congratulations to firm attorney Chanae L. Wood for being honored with the “Gator Greats Gator First Award” by the University of Florida Association of Black Alumni South Florida Chapter.  This award celebrates community leadership.

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Categories: Awards & Recognitions
Tags: Event