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Florida Teacher Unions Risk Decertification Under New Law

Some of Florida's teachers' unions may be in trouble. On March 11th, Governor Rick Scott signed into law H.B. 7055, which included a provision to allow for decertification of certain labor organizations based on the percentage of dues-paying members. The move brought objections from labor-union supporters but was hailed by the Governor and others as an effective move towards increasing transparency.

How To Delineate Workplace Bullying and Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

In today's litigious society, complaints of workplace bullying and harassment are on the rise. Harassment allegations must never be taken lightly, and any behavior that creates a toxic work environment should be addressed. However, not all harassing behavior creates a legally actionable offense.

It Stops Here: Florida House Pushes Bill Cracking Down on Workplace Sexual Harassment

The state of Florida is poised to lead the way in halting workplace sexual misconduct. A recently-introduced bill promises Florida workers what House Speaker Richard Corcoran called "the strongest sexual harassment protections in the nation." If passed, the new laws could deem a single unwanted sexual advance as an actionable offense.

Employees Who Work on Vacation May Not Be Doing Employers Any Favors

The days of employees taking relaxing vacations away from their jobs are fading fast. Thanks to the constant connection created by technology, employees are finding it more difficult than ever to unplug and step away from their jobs. While they may intend to rest and relax during their vacation time, they inevitably find themselves checking email, answering work-related calls, or even working on projects.

Will Trump's "Hire American" Policy Change Labor Laws?

In April 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order meant to strengthen the Buy American Act. This new order supports efforts to buy American products and supplies when possible and to hire American workers when possible. This rule could have a tremendous impact on employers, especially those who work with the federal government, but how much of an effect this will have is not yet clear.

What Employers Can Learn From Google's Recent Diversity Battle

Google's recent controversy over a 10-page memo written by a male employee who claimed women were biologically and emotionally inferior to men is one in a string of recent highly publicized eruptions of bias in the workplace. In addition to the outrage caused by the memo itself, the company's initial response was seen as rather lackluster, and there was concern that other employees may have agreed with the memo.

The Uber-Important Lessons Employers Can Learn From Travis Kalanick

Up-and-coming companies obviously want to succeed, and many look to super-successful companies like Uber for advice. However, in the case of Uber, the company has made a number of missteps over the past few years that serve as lessons to other employers. While Uber itself has certainly changed the employment landscape and provided opportunities for many, other employers should look at the lessons from those other issues and adjust how they (the employers, not the issues) do business accordingly.

Lawmakers Turn Down The Florida Competitive Workforce Act

Spurred by the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando that took the lives of 49 people last year, LGBTQ activists have revived efforts to pass a civil rights workforce protection act for gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual workers. Despite co-sponsorships and endorsements by 44 percent of the legislature, the Florida Competitive Workforce Act (FCWA) was turned down by lawmakers again this year.

What Employers Should Know About Workers' Compensation

Employers know that they must purchase insurance that will provide benefits to anyone under their employment that suffers a work related injury. This law provides protection for both parties; employers don't have to worry about being sued by an employee, and employees get the benefits that they need no matter who was at fault. This is just the first step, however, in protecting yourself and your company from workplace injury and unwanted lawsuits.

Actively avoid litigation by updating an employee handbook

Though most employees don't realize it, employee handbooks may be the cornerstone of an employer-employee relationship in many job fields. Not only do they outline an employer's expectations for employee conduct, they also notify employees about what they will be held accountable for as well as some of their protections under the law.

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