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Learn all about noncompete agreements

Employers often require their employees to sign noncompete agreements to protect their companies from unfair competition after an employee leaves the company. These noncompete agreements may require an employee to not work in the same industry for a period of months, or even years, after leaving their current employment. Are these agreements fair? And, more importantly, can they be enforced?

Take these steps to protect your rights after a wrongful firing

If you suspect you were terminated from your Florida job, you might want to investigate whether you can file a wrongful termination lawsuit. You'll also want to make some preparations that will support the success of your lawsuit in the event that you decide to pursue it.

What's a qui tam lawsuit?

Just like any large organization -- and any person or small organization for that matter -- the federal government wants to protect its financial interests. Federal organizations will therefore do their best to identify any potentially fraudulent transactions made between itself and private companies.

Are non-compete clauses unfair for low-waged workers?

Florida employees are commonly forced to sign non-compete clauses before starting work with a new employer. This seems to make sense for high-level employees who could steal industry trade secrets and clients from their employer. However, what about low-wage workers who aren't very high up on the totem pole? Is it fair to force an $10-an-hour worker out of his or her industry due to a non-compete clause?

Muslim workers lose discrimination case

A controversial case has reached a controversial conclusion, at least for the time being. A group of Muslim workers who filed claims alleging religious discrimination against their employer have lost their suit after the judge in the case sided with the employer.

7 Ways to protect yourself if you need to fire an employee

As an employer, sooner or later you will be faced with the reality of having to fire an employee. No one looks forward to this moment, and everyone hopes they will be able to move on and not let whatever led to the firing keep them from leading a fulfilling career or running a successful business.

Court translators can't always advance your case

Whether you are dealing with a dispute with another business or a contract issue with your employer, you grasp of the English language can be a factor in how the case turns out if you don't partner with someone who can provide the appropriate help. A recent report from PBS News discussed the impact of translation services on court proceedings, and for many involved, it wasn't always positive.

Florida employers, be prepared if employment disputes arise

Does this sound like you? "My employees love me. They think I am a wonderful boss who cares about them and their day-to-day issues. None of my employees would ever initiate a dispute against me." We will start by saying that these have been many a small business owner's famous last words — right before being dragged into court by an employee.

Should I add arbitration clauses to my employee contracts?

If your aim is to reduce employment disputes, arbitration clauses could offer a solution. As any Florida employer who has suffered an employee lawsuit can attest, employment-related claims can be both expensive and uncertain. Even in cases where the claims have no merit, employers must often shell out significant amounts of money to resolve the issue. Further, court actions are time-consuming and often stressful as well.

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