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How Federal and State Laws Protect Against Workplace Retaliation in Florida

By Penichet Law |

Even though Florida maintains at-will employment laws, state and federal policies protect employees from retaliation under certain circumstances. If employers discharge or take other adverse employment actions against employees for engaging in statutorily protected activities, then the employee may have a legal cause of action. In order to understand the boundaries of workplace retaliation,… Read More »


Understanding Non-Compete Agreements in Florida

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A non-compete agreement is a form of employment contract that exists between an employer and employee. Referred to legally as a restrictive covenant, a non-compete agreement prevents the employee from working for direct competitors. Given this restriction on an employee’s constitutional freedoms, the courts have strict limitations on the enforcement of non-compete agreements. The… Read More »


Former Florida Police Detective Resolves Whistleblower Dispute

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A former police detective settled her whistleblower dispute against the city of Hollywood, Florida, for $155,000, according to an article by U.S. News & World Report. The police detective in question formerly served on the special victims’ unit of the Hollywood Police Department. After her superiors decided to migrate the special victims’ unit to… Read More »


Helping Employees Review Florida Employment Agreements

By Penichet Law |

It is far too common for new employees to sign an employment agreement without asking any questions or reviewing many of the key terms. In many cases, the new employees are afraid of being too pushy. There is a perceived risk that the employer may retract the job offer if the new employee asks… Read More »


How to Prepare for a Deposition in Florida

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In the unfortunate circumstance that an employment dispute leads to a lawsuit and trial, it is necessary for both employees and employers to make certain preparations. The deposition process is one aspect of the pre-trial process that is particularly important. What is a Deposition? As explained in Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.310, a… Read More »


South Florida Employers Tackle Workplace Harassment

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Large employers across South Florida are addressing workplace harassment and establishing safe working environments, according to an article by the Sun Sentinel. An examination of several employers in the South Florida region – of which feature at least 1,000 employees – demonstrated a steadfast attitude against workplace harassment. There is an automotive company in… Read More »


What is Whistleblowing?

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Whistleblower laws exist to protect employees who report illegal or improper conduct committed by employers. This applies to private and public employees across the United States, helping to keep business conduct within established courses of conduct. Without these protections, employers could coerce employees into silence with threats of retaliation or termination, which could lead… Read More »


Naples Employers Reaching to Jamaica for Seasonal Employees

By Penichet Law |

Florida employers in Naples are looking to Jamaica to fill temporary and seasonal jobs, according to an article by the Naples Daily News. Specifically, the hospitality industry is taking advantage of the skill set and experience offered by Jamaican employees. To bring foreign workers to the U.S. legally, Florida employers are leveraging the federal… Read More »


What is the Family and Medical Leave Act?

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The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal act that provides employees with the right to take unpaid leave each year. These benefits are available to employees across the United States for certain family and medical reasons. FMLA is designed to help employees balance professional and family responsibilities, without worrying about termination… Read More »


Florida Highway Patrol Confronts Wage Issues

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The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is calling for pay increases to help with retention issues and head off a potential wage dispute, according to an article by the News Service of Florida. Referencing data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the News Service of Florida reported that the state average… Read More »