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Federal Court Strikes Down Final Rule Changes to White Collar Overtime Exemptions

In a 20-page decision, United States District Judge Amos L. Mazzant has issued a temporary injunction blocking the United States Department of Labor’s controversial Final Rule increasing the minimum salary level for exempt “white collar” executive, administrative and professional employees, and requiring overtime pay for an estimated 4.2 million additional workers nationwide. The final rule […]

Trimming Expansion Plans Due to New Labor Laws

New labor laws are going to be going into effect and due to these new laws, many of the larger companies are considering trimming their expansion plans due to them. The changes might also mean that local franchisers might also be pulled from the books and turned into local labor areas, causing even more disputes […]

The Reasons You Need an Attorney for the Settlement of Workman’s Comp Case

If you were injured at work, chances are you underwent a lot of stress both during and after the accident. In fact, oftentimes the period following the accident is the most stressful. As you navigate the paperwork that needs to be done, the phone calls that go back and forth, and the negotiating that all […]

Do you need an Attorney to Get Workers’ Comp Benefits?

Whether you require a lawyer to represent you after you’re injured and have a workers’ comp claim will depend on numerous factors. When do you need a lawyer? If any of these are true, you ought to retain a lawyer as soon as you can: Workplace injuries are serious enough to need surgery. Workplace injuries […]

Discrimination in the Work Place

Many people have experienced discrimination in the workplace.  Some feel race or sex holds them back from certain jobs or promotions.  Certain professions have historically been thought of as male oriented professions; such as police and firemen.  Females have increasingly been moving through the ranks of both professions.  Even though there are laws against discrimination […]

How Will Unions Survive in This Day and Age?

The atmosphere of the workplace changes over time.  One hundred years ago, wages were dismal and work hours long.  The age of workers was not regulated and many children found themselves working to help their families.  Understandably, these working conditions were not popular and needed to be addressed.  Unions were established that stood up for […]

Significant Employment Law Decision by the United States Supreme Court Impacts Hiring Decisions

Significant Employment Law Decision by the United States Supreme Court  Impacts Hiring Decisions   Last month the United States Supreme Court issued a recent 7 to 2 decision that now places a substantial burden on employers with respect to their obligation to accommodate employees’ religious practices in the workplace under Title VII of the Civil […]

Federal Contract Employers

Florida Today Business Q&A Article Edward Kinberg April 9, 2014 (Originally published in Florida Today in April, 2014) Federal Contract Employers On March 24, 2014, a new rule went into effect to assist the Department of Labor (DOL) in determining if federal contractors are meeting DOL guidelines for hiring people with disabilities and veterans. Under […]

Unpaid Interns

Florida Today Business Q&A Edward J. Kinberg October 15, 2013 (Originally published in Florida Today in October, 2013) Unpaid Interns My friend and I both work as interns at different companies; she gets paid and I don’t.  Should I be getting paid? In the last few months there have been several articles in national magazines […]

Using Independent Contractors

Florida Today Q&A January 2012 (Originally published in Florida Today in January, 2012) Edward J. Kinberg I am setting up a new business and am considering using independent contractors instead of employees.  Can I do this? While you can use independent contractors instead of employees, you need to make sure you understand the difference between […]

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