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Broward County Protects Employees from Wage Theft with New Ordinance
Posted on 15 Nov 2012 by Abbey Spanier

As of October 23, 2012, Broward County became the second county in Florida to adopt an ordinance prohibiting wage theft. In a 7-2 vote, the Board of County Commissioners voted to create a new law to deal with the substantial problem of wage theft in Florida... Read More

Non-Compete Agreements Can't Be Used to Prevent Competition
Posted on 3 May 2013 by Donna Ballman

Whether you work in the copy room or in a corner office, you may have been presented with something called a Non-Competition Agreement. Or maybe it was called something sneakier, like a Confidentiality Agreement or Intellectual Property Agreement.... Read More

Federal Judge Says All Florida Clerks Have Duty to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses
Posted on 7 Jan 2015 by Donna Ballman

So, it's official. On Tuesday, January 6 at 12:01 a.m., gay marriage is legal in Florida (absent some intervention by the 11th Circuit or the Supremes). While Greenberg Traurig had previously advised the clerks not to issue the licenses, after the... Read More

Duane Morris Alert: Florida Minimum Wage Is Now Higher Than Federal Minimum
Posted on 21 Jun 2011 by Duane Morris LLP

Florida's minimum wage rose to $7.31 per hour, effective June 1, 2011. The increase is a result of a recent lawsuit- Cadet v. Fla. Agency for Workforce Innovation -filed in Leon County Circuit Court where the judge ruled that the Florida Agency... Read More

More Pro-Employee Bills to Watch in the Florida Legislature
Posted on 25 Feb 2015 by Donna Ballman

To their credit, some Florida legislators are doing their darndest to try to fix Florida's anti-employee legal climate. I wrote about some pro-employee bills filed, and now there are some more to keep an eye on this legislative session: Banning employer... Read More

Are Mediations Really Confidential?
Posted on 7 Aug 2013 by Juan Ramirez Jr.

MEDIATION / CONFIDENTIALITY Benes v. A.B. Data, Ltd., 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 15270 (7th Cir. Wis. July 26, 2013) Are mediations really confidential? The facts as set forth in the opinion are that Benes was an employee who sued his employer after... Read More

Florida Dermatologist Will Pay $26.1 Million to Resolve Whistleblower Claims of Kickbacks and Unnecessary Surgeries
Posted on 7 Mar 2013 by The Employment Law Group

In one of the largest-ever settlements with an individual under the False Claims Act, a Florida dermatologist agreed to pay $26.1 million to resolve claims that he accepted illegal kickbacks and billed Medicare for thousands of medically unnecessary... Read More

Florida Companies, Republicans Try to Make Wage Theft Legal, Again
Posted on 29 Mar 2013 by Donna Ballman

The Florida Retail Federation hopes the third time's the charm in trying to make wage theft legal. They tried two other times to strike down the wage theft ordinances that are popping up around the state to curtail unscrupulous employers who pocket... Read More