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Are State Government Employees Protected By Whistleblower Laws in Florida?

By Scott Law Team |

There are more than 160,000 state government employees in Florida. State policy encourages good government and there are specialized rules and regulations that apply to state employees. This raises an important question: Are state workers protected by whistleblower laws in Florida? The short answer is “yes”—the Florida Public Whistleblower Act protects state and municipal… Read More »

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Wage and Hour Case: More than $180,000 Recovered on Behalf of Restaurant Workers in Southwest Florida

By Scott Law Team |

On February 7th, 2024, the Department of Labor (DOL) confirmed that it recovered $184,139 in back wages and liquidated damages for several dozen restaurant workers who were improperly denied the full and fair compensation that they earned under the law. The DOL determined that Sails Restaurant LLC—a Naples, FL-based business—violated seasonal guest worker requirements…. Read More »

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What Should an Employer in Florida Do If an Employee Complains About Sexual Harassment?

By Scott Law Team |

Sexual harassment in the workplace remains a significant issue. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) explains that “the harasser can be the victim’s supervisor, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or someone who is not an employee of the employer, such as a client or customer.” In other words, employers have a proactive… Read More »

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Florida Court Finds Company Not a “Joint Employer” in Workplace Dispute

By Scott Law Team |

On January 29th, 2024, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida declined to find a company a “joint employer” in a workplace dispute. In the case of Williams v. R.T.G. Furniture Corp., the court found that the two employers at issue—R.T.G. Furniture Corp. and SE Independent Delivery Services, Inc. (SEIDS)—are… Read More »

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Proposed Florida Bill Would Bar Most Employers From Asking for Preferred Pronouns (May Face Lawsuit if Passed)

By Scott Law Team |

In January, legislation was introduced in the Florida House of Representatives that would bar many employers in the state from asking employees for their preferred pronouns. The bill—HB 599: Gender Identity Employment Practices—could face some legal challenges if passed into law. In this article, you will find a preview of the proposed law, where… Read More »

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Breaking News: FTC Bans Use of Non-Competes in Essentially All Employment Contracts

By Scott Law Team |

Today, April 23,2024, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced its long-awaited rule banning the use of non-competes in employment contracts. (https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/news/press-releases/2024/04/ftc-announces-rule-banning-noncompetes). The FTC first proposed this rule in January 2023. At that time, the proposed rule would have been a complete ban on any non-compete agreement. The final rule published today excluded “senior executives,”… Read More »

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Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Injunction—Florida’s “Stop-WOKE” Law Violates First Amendment Protections

By Scott Law Team |

In April of 2022, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the Stop Wrongs to Our Kids and Employees Act  (Stop-WOKE Act) into law. The legislation did not take effect. A lawsuit was filed and a court put an injunction in place. On March 4th, 2024, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit… Read More »

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Florida Bill to Loosen Child Labor Regulations on 16 and 17 Year Olds Making Progress

By Scott Law Team |

Recently, the Florida Phoenix reported that a reform bill that would loosen up child labor regulations on 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds in the state is making significant progress in the State legislature. Notably, a similar law has been passed in several other states in recent years and the Florida bill could potentially become law in… Read More »

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Is an Employer in Florida Required to Give a Pregnant Employee Time Off?

By Scott Law Team |

The Florida Department of Health reports that more than 200,000 babies are born in the state each year. The majority of women who give birth in Florida are employed. This raises an important question: Does an employer have to give a pregnant worker time-off? In Florida, the answer is “it depends.” While the state… Read More »

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How Do You Prove Discrimination in Hiring?

By Scott Law Team |

There are federal and state laws in place that protect workers in Florida against discrimination in hiring. The Florida Civil Rights Act (FCRA)—which applies to workers with 15 or more employees—prohibits discrimination on the basis of a protected characteristic, including race, gender, and sexual orientation. Notably, hiring discrimination is barred. In this article, you… Read More »

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