An Orange City employment and labor lawyer with Bogin, Munns & Munns can represent either employees or management in their disputes with each other or administrative agencies. We can advocate for you in your employment or labor law litigation in state or federal court.
Some claims by workers include discrimination, retaliation, and unfair labor practice allegations. Employers have to navigate through those claims and the ever-changing landscape of the law that applies to employment agreements, including nondisclosure and noncompete agreements. During a consultation, a team member will listen to the details of your case and help you explore your legal options.
What Employment and Labor Law Covers for Employers
When you own a business, you might feel under attack from consumers, competitor businesses, and your own employees. We can guide you through these murky waters so that you can remain financially viable.
When possible, we try to resolve disputes through mediation, which can save you money in legal fees. We do not shy away from taking a dispute to court when that is the most appropriate solution.
Here are some of the more common types of employment law issues that we handle on behalf of our employer clients:
- Drafting and defending employment agreements with workers and executives
- Handling the tricky legal issues that develop during layoffs, mergers, and acquisitions
- Compliance with wage and hour regulations
- Developing compensation packages and disputes concerning them
- Handling cases involving allegations of employment discrimination, whether before an administrative agency or in the state or federal courts
- Interpreting collective-bargaining agreements and advocating on behalf of the employer
- Solving issues arising from the separation of executives and employees
There are many additional types of employment and labor law issues we handle on behalf of our employer clients. Our team can discuss yours during a case evaluation.
To consult with an experienced employment and labor lawyer serving Orange City, call 855-780-9986
Services We Provide for Employees
If you believe your supervisor, or in some situations, a coworker or customer violated your legal protections, we can take action on your behalf. Florida and federal laws prohibit discrimination against an employee based on a protected category, such as race, color, national origin, religion, disability, gender, pregnancy, marital status, or age.
An employer must not make an adverse employment decision based on any of those categories. Adverse employment decisions can include:
- Deciding not to hire a job applicant
- Deciding against a promotion for an employee, firing
- Disciplining or demoting a worker
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Laws That Protect People in the Workplace
Laws that apply to the work environment change frequently. New laws get passed, and old laws get amended or discarded.
Here are some of the legal issues that both workers and employers need to know:
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Employers need to understand workers’ protections under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to avoid violating its requirements. Not all employers have to comply with FMLA laws. If you have at least 50 workers, the FMLA applies to your company.
Employees receive protection under this law after working for at least one year and meeting the minimum number of hours during the year immediately prior to requesting leave. Military service members and their families get additional consideration under FMLA if they need leave due to certain military service obligations.
Employees often request leave because of pregnancy, childbirth, or adopting a child, but FMLA covers other situations. If the employee has a medical reason that falls under its protection, such as taking care of a sick family member, FMLA laws can apply.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Workplace
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects workers from discrimination in the workplace. If an employee has a qualifying disability that causes a physical or mental limitation, an employer’s refusal to make reasonable accommodations that make it possible for the worker to maintain employment can violate this federal law.
Also, refusal to hire a qualified applicant based on a covered disability can amount to discrimination in the workplace. As the courts continue to interpret the ADA, employers need to make sure that their actions and policies comply with this civil rights law.
Our firm stays on top of any changes in legislation that apply to the workplace and affect the rights and obligations of both employees and employers. By working with our Orange City employment and labor lawyer, you can stay better informed and in compliance with regulations that safeguard your company.
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An Overview of Arbitration and Mediation
In an arbitration, the parties argue their cases before an arbitrator instead of a judge. Typically, the hearing does not take place in a courtroom. Whether the decision of the arbitrator will be binding or non-binding depends on the language in the employment contract or collective-bargaining agreement.
Mediations are more informal than arbitrations. Typically, the parties will meet in a conference room with a mediator. Rather than deciding who wins or loses, as an arbitrator does, a mediator tries to bring the two parties together so they can settle their dispute amicably.
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How Arbitration and Mediation Can Benefit Employees and Employers
If your collective-bargaining agreement or employment contract requires the parties involved to utilize arbitration, mediation, or some other form of alternative dispute resolution to try to resolve their differences before filing a lawsuit, it can be advantageous to both parties. Whether you are a worker or an employer, alternative dispute resolution has significant benefits.
Usually, arbitrations and mediations are less expensive than litigation. Also, it can take a year or two, sometimes longer, for a dispute to make its way through the court system. It is possible to mediate a resolution in a matter of weeks or get a decision from an arbitrator in a month or two.
Call Bogin, Munns & Munns Today for Help in Your Orange City Case
At Bogin, Munns & Munns, our attorneys can advocate for employees or employers in their disputes or handle other business law situations that may arise. You can call us today to get started.