Whistle Blower actions, Wrongful terminations, Fair Labor Standards Acts, Fair Wage Act, and several other areas of employment law have sky rocketed over the last few years. North Florida Lawyers represents both employers and employees, giving us a unique advantage in litigating these matters. We also address issues of compliance, policies, and trade secret / and tortuous interference.
Employment law is the name given to the branch of civil law that covers the laws and regulations governing labor relations and employment issues, such as collective bargaining, discrimination in the workplace, sexual harassment, occupational safety, wage and hour requirements, and workers' compensation. Federal statutes, such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, as well as state laws protect employees from discrimination based on age, disability, sex, race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. The Family and Medical Leave Act, another federal statute, allows employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for certain family and medical reasons, without having to worrying about losing their jobs.
An employment contract is an agreement between an employer and an employee setting out the important terms and conditions of employment, including wages, hours, holiday and sick leave, and disciplinary and grievance procedures. Although ordinarily an enforceable contract does not have to be in writing, it is very difficult to prove you have an agreement unless it is. Certain important contracts, including contracts over a certain amount of money and contracts which are for a year or more, must be in writing under the statute of frauds, in order to be enforceable. Certain states are know as "at will" employment states, which means that, unless you have a written contract that specifies otherwise, your employment may be terminated at any time at the will of your employer or you may quite any time, at your will. In some circumstances, a written employee handbook or policies and procedures manual, can take the place of a formal, written employment contract, as can state law governing issues like working hours, working conditions, and the minimum age of employees.
If you have an employment law dispute, North Florida Lawyers may be able to represent your interests.