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October 2015 Archives

When genetic information can be disclosed to an employer

In most cases, genetic information is covered by law, which means employers cannot ask for it, seek it or make employment decisions based on the information. There are some very specific cases where a disclosure of genetic information is not unlawful, though most of these cases still don't allow the employer to make decisions based on the information obtained.

New Florida law and sexual harassment in the workplace

Workers in Miami, Florida, most likely know that sexual harassment in the workplace is wrong, and employers work to protect employees from such issues through training and strong policies. When sexual harassment does occur, employees have rights for seeking protection and resolution of the issue. But what happens in the virtual workspace?

What are common considerations when vetting employment contracts?

Most Florida residents probably know they should never sign a contract without reading all the fine print, but when you're finally about to end a job hunt, it can be tempting to rush to sign an employment contract. Before you put your pen to paper, however, its a good idea to consider some important factors such as compensation, vacation, expense reimbursement and educational opportunities.

What are common law rules to determine employee classification?

While employee classifications -- whether a person is a W2 employee or a contract worker -- seem simple, gray areas often make it difficult for employers to correctly identify workers. Failure to identify workers correctly can result in improper employee tax processes as well as failing to follow laws protecting W2 employees. One way to determine a worker's classification is to follow some common law rules, which are published by the Internal Revenue Service.

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