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March 2015 Archives

LGBT rights fights elsewhere make Floridians look home

Miami newspapers have been filled in recent days with articles about the fight over gay rights raging in Indiana. Legislators there passed a religious freedom law that many criticize as protective cover for discrimination against the LGBT community. The controversy has caused many Floridians to wonder about the status of LGBT rights here.

Time for new gardeners?

In some ways, the allegations in Miami Gardens defy belief. The 53-year-old police chief in the town just a few miles north of us was arrested for soliciting a prostitute (two prostitutes, actually). A TV station reports that the news of the arrest stunned officers on the force.

Misclassifying employees: a way to dodge wages, benefits?

There's a growing problem in Florida's economy: the misclassification of workers as independent contractors rather than employees. The benefits to the employer who misclassifies workers can be substantial. The misclassification can mean that the company can dodge paying overtime, as well as evade required workers' compensation insurance premiums and unemployment insurance, too.

328,000 Florida LGBT employees vulnerable to discrimination

It was just a couple of months ago that same-sex marriage was legalized here in Florida. On the steps of the Miami-Dade courthouse, supporters cried, laughed and hugged when a judge took down the ban on the marriages.

Reality intrudes

In an ideal Miami workplace, there are no employment disputes. Employers and employees get along famously and everyone hugs on Friday afternoons, sorry to be away from the office for two whole days.

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