Employee vs. Independent Contractor? Differences and Tax Consequences

Business owners commonly face the same hiring decision: hire a full-time employee or an independent contractor to do the same work? Although the differences between an independent contractor and an employee seem slight, proper classification is important. There are obvious financial benefits to a business owner that have clouded the distinction between the two. Furthermore,…

Discrimination and Fair Wages: Common Employment Law Issues

There are very few individuals who can say that they have never had any employment law issues. This is true for both the employees and the employer. Employment Law is a specialized field of law that is very relevant in today’s society. There are a few common employment law issues that arise more often than others.  …

Employee Rights in the Workplace

It goes without saying that in the workplace, employees have certain rights that an employer must not violate. These rights begin during the interview process and extend through termination. Here are some key employee rights in the workplace here in Florida and across the United States. No Discrimination or Harassment Employers cannot discriminate against employees. That…

No Severance Pay for 31,000 Toys “R” Us Employees

Toys “R” Us was once the unrivaled mega toy store in the days before the internet. Now, 70 years after its founding, it is liquidating nearly 400 of its locations. 31,000 employees will be let go without severance pay. Toys “R” Us filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy back in September. Under bankruptcy laws the iconic…

Disadvantages and Pitfalls of the Employee Handbook

An employee handbook can be a crucial tool for employers. However, failure to draft the employee handbook properly can lead to an employer entangling themselves in litigation. Earlier, we focused on the advantages of the employee handbook. Now we will shift focus on some of the pitfalls that can come from an improperly drafted employee…

Advantages of the Employee Handbook

An employee handbook is one of the most important components of a business.  Every business owner who has active employees working for them should implement one. The handbook not only protects the business owner, but also outlines very clear rules and obligations for the employee. This allows for the employer and employee to be on…

Condo Association

When the Americans with Disabilities Act Applies to Condo Associations

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of an individual’s disability and requires that reasonable accommodations are provided to those with disabilities. While many people are familiar with the notion that the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to the Public, however, not as many realize that…

The Ticktin Minute January 15, 2018 – How to determine the Requisite Pay for a Worker with Disabilities Under Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act

How to determine the Requisite Pay for a Worker with Disabilities Under Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) protects individuals who have a disability, however, the employer may, in some cases, pay less than minimum wage without being in violation with the ADA law or the Fair…