When Must an Employer Provide a Terminated Employee with a Final Paycheck?

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It is inevitable…if you are an employer, you will eventually have to terminate an employee.  But, when it comes to a terminated employee’s final paycheck, you should ask yourself two things: (1) when must the final paycheck be provided to the employee; and (2) what must the paycheck include?  Under Florida law, employers are required…

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Employers Beware! Independent Contractors or Employees? Don’t End Up Like Uber

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A hot employment law topic facing employers today is the misclassification of workers.  Uber has been making national news regarding this very issue because its entire business model is based on hiring workers as independent contractors instead of employees. So, what does that mean?  Let’s back up for just a second.  Uber is a company…

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Honesty Really Does Matter

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The old adage “honesty matters” applies in litigation, including employment law. In particular, honesty, or the lack thereof, can have a profound impact on the likelihood of success of an employment matter. For employees/potential plaintiffs being honest commences with what you share with your attorney. Employees sometimes are hesitant to tell their counsel everything regarding…

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Is Florida an “At-Will” or “Right to Work” state?

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As employment and labor law attorneys, we often hear confusion regarding these two concepts.  It’s understandable, as they both relate to your rights as an employee in the state of Florida.  The most common misconception is when an individual believes that the concepts derived from “at-will” employment are labeled as your “right to work.”  While…

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Embracing Diversity in the Workplace without Being Discriminatory

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Many of us have watched and thoroughly enjoyed the TV series, “The Office,” and chuckled at Michael Scott, the Dunder Mifflin office manager who seemingly violates every best managerial practice. One such illustration was the “Diversity Day” episode where, in an ill-fated attempt to repair an off color remark that he made, Michael insists on…

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Aside From Preparing For An Interview, What Else Should You Prepare For?

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Given the current state of unemployment, potential employees are excited to simply get called for an interview. They quickly prepare and become familiar with anything and everything that has to do with their potential future employer to assure they knock it out of the park at their interview. However, simply because one is anxious to…

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Disability Disclosure and Its Ramifications

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In light of workplace tragedies, including the recent reports of the German airline pilot that crashed the plane and had a history of depression, there is a spotlight on the tenuous balance that both employees and employers face regarding privacy and workplace safety. How and when may an employer inquire of the medical background of…

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A Small Employer’s Guide to Hiring the Right Employee

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At some point, most small businesses become small employers. But how does a small business, which has generally been run by one or two owners who have each spent time performing the roles of President, Customer Service Representative, Bookkeeper, and Handyman (or woman), make a smart and efficient hiring decision? Creating a Job Description Sure,…

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