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Plantation Florida Employment Law Blog

Is your employer breaking the law over your rights?

Employee rights are in a fragile place these days. That makes it very important to understand exactly what rights you do have and to insist that employers observe them.

Could your employer be in violation of your rights? These are some of the common ways that employee rights are abused or ignored:

Five components of non-disclosures in hospitality

Your employment of the best and brightest results in trade secrets that you hope remain just that: secrets! That’s why non-disclosures exist and why you should be using them.

Time and time again, employees have exchanged trade secrets for a bigger paycheck with the competition. You can’t blame them, without a non-disclosure agreement, they’re just being smart. You can, however, protect yourself from having it happen again. With a non-disclosure in place, you can protect your business.

Beware the perils of immigration questions and new hires

In the current, highly charged atmosphere regarding immigration, employers are walking a thinner tightrope than ever when it comes to interviewing new people for jobs.

On one hand, you want to have as little trouble with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as possible. On the other hand, you have to be certain that you don't go overboard and accidentally act in a way that discriminates against any potential employees.

Before you sign: How to examine a job contract

The offer of a new job is often exciting -- but you can't afford to let yourself get swept up in the moment. It's important to take a step back and examine the contract you're being offered with a critical eye.

What are the most important things that you should concern yourself with in any employment contract? Here are some suggestions:

New restrictions on federal unions attacked in court

The current presidential administration has hit unions pretty hard -- but one is now hitting back in court in order to defend the rights of federal employees.

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the largest union of its kind, has filed a lawsuit over a new executive order that limits the activities of its union representatives during the workday. AFGE's spokesperson says that the order is in violation of the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment and Separation of Powers clause. In essence, it destroys the ability of the union to provide effective representation to many federal employees.

What are your rights to tips?

Do you get tips at work? In some professions, it's very common to have tips from satisfied clients and customers supplement your income. For others, tips are a nice bonus that happens from time to time -- if you get to keep them.

If you aren't sure what your rights are when it comes to your tips, this is what you need to know:

Why are employment contracts a good idea for your business?

Employee contracts aren't the norm in many professions -- and you may not have given them much thought if your company is still very young. However, as your business grows, it's often wise to start using them.

What a good contract does

Florida woman wins lawsuit for age discrimination

Do you know that writing an email to someone in all capital letters is the same, in modern electronic etiquette, as yelling at them in person? Would your mother or grandmother know it?

Depending on your age, you may or may not grasp some of the finer nuances of electronic communication these days. The way that people communicate in general is constantly evolving -- and language differences have long been a hallmark of generational differences. Every cool kid knows at least a dozen slang terms that his or her parents don't know -- and parents all remember at least that many that came into popular use when they were teenagers.

Female-owned businesses flourish in Florida

Women empowerment is spreading quickly across the sunshine state as more female-owned businesses pop up in urban cities like Miami, Orlando and Tampa. Since 1997, the number of businesses owned by women rose by 114 percent in the U.S. or 2.5 times the national average. Florida is paving the way with business growth.

State of Women-Owned Business Report, Florida ranks second in the nation in growth of women-owned firms with 208.3 percent increase over the last 20 years. It also increased in job growth by 33.8 percent and firm revenues by 96.7 percent.