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You cannot be terminated over a reasonable accommodation request

The law makes it clear that people with disabilities must receive reasonable accommodations when necessary to perform their jobs. Additionally, employers may not penalize disabled workers who request reasonable accommodations. Unfortunately, many workers and employers in Florida have a poor understanding of reasonable accommodations, with both sides having a different viewpoint. It is often the word "reasonable" that causes the disparity in perspective between employee and employer.

Changes in overtime regulations could mean more in your paycheck

Existing regulations for determining who is entitled to receive overtime pay have not changed for over a decade. That is set to change this summer. The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed updating these regulations in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to increase the number of workers who may be considered non-exempt employees, or eligible for overtime pay. Under the new rules, people who earn as much as $50,440 annually will be eligible for overtime.

Male sexual harassment victims in Florida, we can help

At the Law Offices of Gary A. Costales, we get it. It is extremely embarrassing to admit that you have suffered sexual harassment at work. For most male employees, this means accepting the abuse and shouldering on. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, you are not alone as a victim of harassment. The statistics show you are also not alone in your reluctance to report sexual harassment. In 2011 alone, harassment reports filed by men totaled a mere 16.3 percent while reports by women totaled 83.7 percent.

Is my employer required to pay me for meetings and training time?

Regardless of how you feel about them, job-related staff meetings and training sessions have become a part of Florida employment. As to whether or not your employer is legally required to pay you for this time; well, it depends on several factors.

What to look for in Florida employment contracts before signing

Employment contracts are becoming increasingly popular in Miami and other Florida cities. Typically drafted to protect both parties, these contracts often have important provisions that could impact employees. While it is pretty easy to spot something unusual or potentially harmful, it is what is missing that might be the most detrimental. Most people are excited when an attractive job opportunity comes their way; however, caution is always a good idea before putting your name on a legally binding document.

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