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The Lee County Board of County Commissioners Repeals Lee County’s Equal Opportunity Ordinance

At its September 25, 2012 meeting, the Lee County Board of County Commissioners (“BOCC”) repealed Lee County’s ordinance that provided for equal opportunity in employment (“Ordinance”) to employees who worked for employers with 6 or more employees, but with 14 or fewer employees.  The Ordinance extended similar protections from unlawful discrimination to employees who otherwise

Retaliation Claims

Recently, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled, in a case of first impression, that employees may bring a retaliatory hostile work environment claim against the employee’s employer as a result of retaliatory action being taken against an employee for the filing of or making a claim of hostile work environment harassment.  Retaliation claims are

National Labor Relations Board’s Right to Know Rule is Now on Hold

On April 18, 2012, the United States District Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit granted an emergency motion for injunction suspending the April 30, 2012 required posting date for the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) Right to Know Rule and Poster. Questions regarding the content of this column or past columns may be e-mailed

Florida’s Minimum Wage to Increase on January 1, 2012

Florida’s minimum wage is currently $7.31 per hour, effective June 1, 2011. Beginning January 1, 2012, Florida’s minimum wage will be $7.67 per hour, which is a 4.9% (or $0.36) increase from last year due to the change in the Consumer Price Index. Employers of “tipped employees” who meet eligibility requirements for the tip credit under

2011 Water Shortage – Pending

At the beginning of the year, the 2011 dry season was projected to be one of the driest on record.  Couple that with the new low Lake Okeechobee Regulation schedule and we were expecting the Lake Okeechobee Basin to be in more severe water shortage by February 2011.  Recent rainfall may have provided some much

Leadership Change on House Agriculture Committee Likely to Impact the Next Farm Bill

As a result of the November elections, the House Agriculture Committee lost 16 of its existing 28 members (including 13 Democrats) when the 112th Congress was sworn in.  The Honorable Frank Lewis of Oklahoma will serve as Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee for the 112th Congress.  Representative Lewis, the former ranking member of the

Permit Extensions Are Again Available

A short provision contained in House Bill 7019, signed into law by Governor Scott on June 14th, may give permit holders another chance to obtain an automatic two year extension of their permits and approvals. As in past “automatic” extensions, it requires a written request and there is a deadline for filing the request with