In November 2020, Florida voters approved Florida’s Amendment 2 which increased Florida’s hourly minimum wage to $15 an hour.  Amendment 2 was crafted to include a gradual increase in Florida’s hourly minimum wage.

Accordingly, beginning on September 30, 2021, Florida’s hourly minimum wage will increase to $10 an hour.  On September 30. 2021, the

Florida Statute § 542.335 lists five legitimate business interests which are protected through non-compete agreements. First on the list is trade secrets which includes information such as formulas, patterns, compilations, programs, methods or processes which derive their economic value from not being readily known to others. Further, the secrecy of a trade secret must be

An employer has a legitimate business interest in prohibiting an employee from soliciting customers whom the employer has a substantial relationship.  Hilb Rogal & Hobbs of Fla., Inc. v. Grimmel, 48 So.3d 957, 31 IER Cases 1014 (Fla. App. 2010) , citing Brown & Brown, Inc. v. Ali, 494 F.Supp.2d 943 (N.D. Ill. 2007) (applying

As of January 12, 2021, Palm Beach County’s equal employment ordinance has been amended to cover smaller businesses.    Companies in Palm Beach County with between 5 and 14 employees (Federal and State civil rights acts normally cover companies with 15 or more employees) will now have to comply with the County’s equal employment ordinance.

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While it likely will be some time before most working age Floridians can get a COVID19 vaccine, since the roll out has been nothing but chaos, employers should start to thinking about their vaccine plan.   The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued guidelines for COVID19 vaccines in late December 2020.

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As I previously posted , Florida’s new $15 minimum wage (passed by voters) has to go through a legislative implementation process which may exclude certain businesses or certain employees.

And, I’m already hearing news that small businesses and business lobby groups are pushing back on Amendment 2 due to the COVID19 pandemic.  Specifically, businesses are