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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

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

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

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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.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentCommunity Outreach
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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. 

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

Alison Smith Re-elected to Board of Broward County Bar Association

Labor & Employment partner Alison Smith was re-elected to the Board of Directors of the Broward County Bar Association as a board member and will be sworn in on July 1, 2017.  

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Categories: Community Outreach
Tags: Alison F. SmithFort Lauderdale Labor Law Attorneys

Alison Smith Speaks as Panelist at Broward County Bar Association

Partner Alison Smith spoke as a panelist regarding Discovery in Arbitration at the Broward County Bar Association on March 3, 2016. Alison serves on the Board of Directors of the Broward County Bar Association.

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Tags: Fort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysEvent

Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman Sponsors City of Lauderhill's 17th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Once again, we were very proud to sponsor and attend the City of Lauderhill's 17th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.  This event was held to honor Black History Month.

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Tags: Fort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersFort Lauderdale Labor Law Attorneys

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. 

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

Alison Smith Recognized at Over the Rainbow Awards

On December 7, 2016, partner Alison Smith was recognized at the Over the Rainbow Awards, hosted by the Dade County Bar Association, for her commitment to public interest work

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Tags: Fort Lauderdale Labor Law Attorneys