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What if an Employee Refuses to Return to Work?

As the economy restarts, many employers are facing the serious problem that some employees are reluctant to return to work. Some of the reluctance is driven by legitimate fears related to the coronavirus and its spread. For others, it is a matter of economics. The legal and practical issues are complex and employers must tread...

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Non-Disclosure Agreements

Businesses can request employees, contractors, distributors, or other related individuals to sign non-disclosure agreements. These are intended to protect “legitimate business interests” such as trade secrets, business or professional information not known by the general public, or specific training practices. Florida Statute 542.335 addresses valid restraints of trade or commerce. This includes “restrictive covenants” like non-disclosure...

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Your Business and the ADA Part 1/2

There is an emerging trend to sue small businesses for minor violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  This two-part series will provide you with some guidance about some of the requirements of the ADA.  Also, it will discuss common mistakes that you can avoid to prevent potential lawsuits. What is the Americans with...

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Works Made For Hire

What is a Copyright? A copyright is the exclusive legal right to use, publish, sell, or distribute the matter and form of something.  Although this definition is abstract, the purpose of a copyright is to protect the creator’s ideas from infringement.  As a general rule, the creator owns all copyrights in a work she creates;...

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Title VII: Retaliation by Employers

What is Title VII? Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees from discrimination from employers.  Title VII prohibits discrimination “with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.” 42 U.S.C.A. § 2000e-3 What is Retaliation? Retaliation is one...

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Violations of Non-compete Agreements

A non-compete agreement is an agreement between an employer and employee that restricts an employee’s conduct post-employment. In a non-compete contract, the employee usually agrees not to compete against his/her former employer for a set period of time.  Competition can include using trade secrets, contacting past clients, and working for rival companies. How to Deal with...