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Dog-Bite Victim’s FMLA Certification Delay Dispute Goes to Jury

An employee who experienced serious complications from a dog bite could advance her FMLA interference claim following her discharge for allegedly unexcused absences, ruled a federal district court in Michigan. The court observed that an employee’s failure to timely provide a physician certification is a defense to an FMLA interference claim only if the employer…

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Prosecutor Accused of Sexual Harassment, Gets His Job Back

Five months after he was stripped of his prosecutorial powers due to a sexual harassment scandal, Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams is back in office. Reams, who serves as the chief criminal prosecutor in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, is not out of the woods just yet. Reams reached an agreement with Assistant Attorney General Anne…

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Child Labor Laws

Child Labor Laws Child labor laws, enacted by the Federal Government, restricts when children can work and what jobs they can do. Teens hired for nonagricultural employment (which is just about everything other than farm work) must be at least fourteen. Other child labor laws restrictions, regulating the type of positions young workers can hold…

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Florida Supreme Court: Pregnancy discrimination barred under state law

  The Florida Supreme Court ruled that a state law barring discrimination based on gender also applies to pregnant women, resolving divisions in lower courts and addressing a question confronting lawmakers this session.   The 1992 Florida Civil Rights Act, which bars employers from discriminating based on “race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap,…

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Florida’s At Will Employment Law

Florida is an “at will” employment state. As such, at-will employees can be terminated for any reason. The only exception is for employees who are covered by a contract or union agreement governing the terms of employment. Employees who are covered by an employment contract can usually only be terminated for the reasons set out…

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Florida’s Minimum Wage and Leave Laws

          As of January 1, 2014, the current minimum wage in the state of Florida is $7.93 an hour. Florida’s constitution requires a review of the minimum wage that must be determined by September 30 of each year and take effect of January 1 of the following year. Florida’s current minimum…

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