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Firm Profile: Akerman LLP
Three Brickell City Centre
98 Southeast Seventh Street
Miami, FL 33131, United States
Contact: James S. Bramnick, Labor & Employment Practice Group Chair
Phone: 305.374.5600
Fax: 305.374.5095
Areas of Practice
  • Immigration Law
  • Labor & Employment Law
Locations
Other U.S. Locations
  • California
  • Colorado
  • D.C.
  • Florida
  • Nevada
  • New York
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin
Number of Attorneys
400+ Attorneys

R-E-S-P-E-C-T in Your Workplace

Are racial issues, religious differences, and gender norms creating tension in your workplace? Are the caustic exchanges so evident in news coverage today starting to crop up in the office? Are employees complaining of…more
 /  Civil Rights, Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law

Saved – Or Sunk – By the Job Description?

A job description identifying essential job functions can be an employer’s best friend—if drafted correctly. Two recent cases illustrate the importance of accurate job descriptions.Eddy Reyes was a sales representative for a…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Finally in Play: A Refresher on the Fiduciary Rule for Plan Sponsors

On the heels of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta’s announcement that the Department of Labor’s oft-delayed “Fiduciary Rule” would finally take effect on June 9th, Congressmen introduced new legislation on June 8th to overturn…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

EB-5 Visa Program: All That Glitters Is Not Gold

Concerns over the EB-5 “Gold” visa have been revived since Senior White House advisor Jared Kushner’s sister pitched the prospect of EB-5 immigration visas to Chinese investors. While the program may appear an easy path to…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Immigration Law, International Law & Trade

Steps for Solving the Wage Deduction Dilemma

Figuring out what deductions from an employee’s wages are permitted and prohibited under the law is a quandary. May an employer deduct an employee’s wages for personal charges on the company’s credit card? What about the cost to…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Bill Permitting “Comp Time” in Lieu of Overtime Heads to Senate

A Republican proposal to allow private employers to offer employees compensatory time off in lieu of paying overtime at time–and–a–half their regular rate has been approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and next moves to…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

Whistleblowing Increases with Increasing Visibility

While the current administration is taking steps to dismantle what it views as excessive regulation, one thing is clear: whistleblowers continue to blow the whistle, and ever more visibly so…more
 /  Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Employees in Educational Programs: Expanded Options for Suits

Employers who are operating educational programs or activities – whether inside or outside educational institutions – take note: a recent court decision adds to a split in the federal appellate courts by allowing employees more…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Education, Labor & Employment Law

New, Even Broader, Joint Employer Test Adopted

Employers may think the concept of joint employer being pushed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is overly broad, but a recent decision by a federal appellate court in Richmond, Virginia adopts the most expansive…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

State and Local Governments: Battling for Control of Workplace Laws

While some states are taking action to bar cities and local governments from regulating the workplace, cities and counties appear to be countering that effort by implementing innovative worker protections…more
 /  Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Legislators Jump into Sexual Orientation Discrimination Ring

Employers take note: On the heels of the Seventh Circuit landmark and controversial ruling last week that Title VII does, in fact, prohibit sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace, a group of prominent democratic U.S…more
 /  Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Whistleblower Split Widens

Employers take heed: there is a further split in authority as to whether whistleblowers are protected under the Dodd-Frank Act if they only report securities-law violations internally, and not to the Securities and Exchange…more
 /  Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

Proposed Employee Wellness Legislation Might Undermine Protections of GINA

Employees who don’t want to disclose genetic information about themselves and their families to their employers may have to pay a stiff price for that privacy in the future. The Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act (H.R…more
 /  Civil Rights, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Health

It’s Audit Season: Have You Audited Your Website’s Accessibility?

Audit season is in full swing. Businesses now are working with auditors on their tax and other audits to ensure compliance with various financial regulations. But there is one audit that many businesses have yet to undertake and…more
 /  Civil Rights, Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law

Loose Lips Can Constitute Interference with FMLA Leave

Disclosure of medical confidential information can result in a Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) interference claim, even when the employer does not actually interfere with the employee’s right to take FMLA leave. So held a…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law
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