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Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman Named One of Top Eight "Best Places to Work"

We were very happy to attend South Florida Business Journal's 2017 "Best Places to Work" event at the Signature Grand in Davie.

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Categories: Awards & RecognitionsCommunity Outreach
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsJamie A. ColeBrett J. Schneider

Brett Schneider Speaks at Palm Beach League of Cities on Labor Negotiations

Member & the Chair of the Labor and Employment Practice Group, Brett Schneider presented at a workshop for elected official at the Palm Beach League of Cities on April 27th.

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Categories: Labor and Employment
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Brett Schneider Quoted in the Daily Business Review Article,“Florida: Uber Drivers Are Contractors, Not Employees”

Partner and Chair of the Firm’s Labor & Employment Practice, Brett Schneider was quoted and prominently mentioned in the Daily Business Review article, entitled “Florida: Uber Drivers Are Contractors, Not Employees”.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentCommunity Outreach
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Tenth Annual Local Government Seminar

On Friday, April 24 Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman held their 10th Annual Local Government Seminar at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport Hotel.  The Seminar was well attended by City officials throughout Southern Florida.

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Categories: Local GovernmentCommunity Outreach
Tags: Jamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanStephen J. HelfmanBrett J. SchneiderJoseph H. SerotaSusan L. TrevarthenJames E. WhiteFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government Law

Brett Schneider provides insight on Obamacare for the Daily Business Review

The stipulation that all employers with 50 or more workers must offer health insurance is simple enough on the face of it, but it doesn’t take much to see how complex and confusing it can be for employers.   

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Categories: Labor and Employment
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Marco Island Returns as Weiss Serota Helfman client

Just this week, the City Council for Marco Island voted to re-hire the Firm as City Attorney. 

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Categories: Local GovernmentMunicipal Litigation
Tags: Daniel L. AbbottBrett J. SchneiderAnthony C. SorokaRichard Jay WeissPaul Gougelman

National Labor Relations Board Addresses Social Media

In two companion cases, the National Labor Relations Board recently addressed issues involving an employee’s offsite use of social media to communicate with other employees. 

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Categories: Labor and Employment
Tags: Brett J. Schneider

It’s front page news

Although Election Day results are in, and the medical marijuana bill was defeated, the issues of using marijuana for health reasons won’t go away.   

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Categories: Labor and Employment
Tags: Brett J. Schneider

WSH Labor & Employment Attorneys Win Appeal For City of Lauderhill

On October 23, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit affirmed an award of summary judgment in favor of the City of Lauderhill in a seven count complaint filed against the City by Piertus Aristyld, a former City maintenance worker. In his complaint, the Plaintiff had alleged that the City: (1) discriminated against him on the basis of his age and national origin by failing to promote him; (2) retaliated against him for complaining that the failure to promote him was based on discriminatory animus by issuing unwarranted discipline; and (3) terminated his employment in retaliation for his complaint and because of his age and national origin.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentLitigationAppellate Law & Practice
Tags: Public EmployeesPublic EmployersJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokBrett J. SchneiderJoseph H. SerotaMatthew H. MandelMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysEleventh Circuit Court of AppealsFamily Medical Leave ActProtected ActivityFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerSouth Florida Employment Lawyers
Author(s): Brett J. Schneider

DOL Issues Clarification on Applicability of FLSA to Unpaid Internships

On September 12, the Department of Labor issued a clarification regarding its statement that law students may work as unpaid interns on pro bono matters at private law firms. Unpaid internships have become a hot button issue; in June, a federal judge for the Southern District of New York held that a major motion picture studio violated federal and State minimum wage laws when it failed to pay two interns for work they completed on the film “Black Swan” in 2009 and 2010. In a letter penned to the American Bar Association Immediate Past President Laurel G. Bellows, Solicitor of Labor M. Patricia Smith explained that a law school student who performs work for his or her own educational benefit would not be considered an employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act (the “FLSA”) where the following criteria are met:

  1. The internship is similar to training that would have been given in an educational environment;
  2. The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern;
  3. The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under the supervision of existing staff;
  4. The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern;
  5. The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and
  6. The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to waves for the time spent in the internship.

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Categories: Labor and Employment
Tags: Brett J. SchneiderNational Labor Relations BoardFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Environmental LawFlorida Labor LawyersFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerSouth Florida Employment LawyersFair Labor Standards Act
Author(s): Brett J.Schneider & Brooke P. Dolara