Labor & Employment Insights

How Can You Increase Workplace Civility?

True or not, a common perception is that our society is one that is becoming less respectful and less courteous. This perception is especially true in the workplace where study after study cites examples of rude behavior in the workplace and the accompanying worker dissatisfaction. In fact, legislation has even been proposed to combat perceived […]

Florida Votes: Update on Amendment 2 and Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana continues its pace as a hot topic in Florida since its defeat via a ballot measure in 2014 and subsequent approval in this unpredictable 2106 election.  In 2014 the ballot measure failed with 58 percent approval, just shy of the 60 percent required for a constitutional amendment.  This year, in an decisive result, […]

Department of Labor Announces Updates to Fair Labor Standards Act’s Overtime Requirements

On May 18, 2016, President Obama and the Department of Labor announced the final rule updating the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime requirements. The primary change contained in the new regulations is to dramatically increase the salary requirement for the white collar exemptions to the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the FLSA. The impact […]

Is Your Company’s Employee Handbook Up to Date?

Employee handbooks should be periodically reviewed to ensure accuracy and legal compliance. Employee Handbooks can be a useful tool to assist employers in explaining policies and procedures to employees. However, in order to provide the maximum benefit to an employer, handbooks should be periodically reviewed to ensure accuracy and legal compliance. Failing to follow written […]

Anne Chapman and Marisa Powers to Present New Department of Labor Overtime Regulations at Manatee Chamber Workshop, June 1

The proposed changes to overtime compensation will take effect soon which leaves little time to implement changes to absorb the increase cost of providing overtime pay and reorganize  business structure.  Labor and Employment attorneys Anne Chapman and Marisa Powers will speak about how these proposed changes will affect businesses, employers, customers and the local economy. […]