Monthly Archives: April 2013

Do Employment Anti-Discrimination Laws Cover Gays and Lesbians in Florida?

National Basketball Association player Jason Collins recently made worldwide headlines as the first active male athlete in North American team sports history to publicly announce that he’s gay. It’s not yet known how Collins’ coming out will affect his future employment—his present … Continue reading

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Florida’s Statute of Frauds Means Business Owners Can’t Rely on Oral Promises

Most everyday business transactions take place without any formal contract. If you run a store, you generally don’t require each customer sign a written agreement before he or she can purchase something. At best you’ll give them a receipt of … Continue reading

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Employee or Independent Contractor? Understanding the Legal (and Tax) Consequences

If you’re a small business owner looking to hire help, it’s essential to understand the difference between employees and independent contractors. These are categories arising from federal tax law. An employee is paid wages, which you, as the employer, must … Continue reading

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Understanding an Employer’s Duties Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires employers to make “reasonable accommodations” for employees with certain recognized physical and mental disabilities. It is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an employee based on his or her disability. This extends to … Continue reading

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Can a Business Owner Refuse to Cover Employee Contraceptives on Religious Grounds?

The implementation of federal health care reform under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to generate controversy among business owners, religious groups and the courts. In late March a federal judge dismissed a complaint brought by Naples-based … Continue reading

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