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Firm Profile: Akerman LLP
Three Brickell City Centre
98 Southeast Seventh Street
Miami, FL 33131, United States
Contact: Eric Gordon, Chair, Labor & Employment Practice Group
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
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • Nevada
  • New York
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin
Number of Attorneys
400+ Attorneys

Big Brother is Watching You: Feds Now Vetting Foreign Workers Via Social Media

Employers may need to start “following” the information their foreign national workers share on Twitter or Facebook, as the Department of Homeland Security is turning social media into the federal government’s latest…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

Disabled Access: A Chance to Fix Your Premises Before Being Sued?

New legislation seeks to level the playing field for businesses that have been targeted by “drive-by” claims alleging discrimination by customers with disabilities who may have never even gone to visit the place of public…more
 /  Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

Risks And Costs Of Using PTO Buckets In A Paid Leave Statute World

With a growing number of states and cities implementing paid sick leave statutes, employers with PTO policies may be wondering whether it still makes sense to bundle different types of time off – sick, personal, and vacation –…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Just A Tip: DOL One Step Closer To Rescinding Tip Pooling Regulation

Good news for restaurant employers: the regulation that says tips belong to the employee – regardless of whether the employer takes the tip credit or pays the full minimum wage — may soon be history. Last week, the Department of…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

The New Interview Taboo: Salary History Inquiries

Inquiries employers may make concerning job applicants have been under close scrutiny. Many states and cities already limit an employer’s ability to use or inquire about an applicant’s credit or criminal history. Now add salary…more
 /  Civil Rights, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

Protected Conduct or Hate Speech? Managing Diverse Viewpoints in the Workplace

Recent events have underscored the difficulties employers face in managing diverse workforces in which employees hold a wide-range of political perspectives. The mere discussion of the news of the day can create divisive…more
 /  Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law

Gender Identity Discrimination – Prohibited or Not?

Still confused as to where the Trump administration stands on whether Title VII prohibits discrimination based on gender identity? Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent announcement should clarify that for you. So what’s an…more
 /  Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Employee Wellness Developments: Keeping Your Finger on the Pulse

As we alluded in our “Preparing for the Unknown: Open Enrollment 2018” blog post, employers that are finalizing their employee benefit plan designs in advance of the 2018 plan year would be well-advised to monitor the…more
 /  Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Health

Mandatory Flu Vaccination Policies: Time for a Check-Up

After a measles outbreak at Disneyland spread to 134 Californians and residents in six other states and two other countries, California adopted a law removing “personal belief” exemptions from vaccinating children in public or…more
 /  Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Immigration Enforcement and Deadlines: A Pause for Disasters

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has put a hold on immigration enforcement operations in areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Routine non-criminal immigration enforcement operations will not be conducted at…more
 /  Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

Disasters and the Workforce: Navigating Stormy Waters

Thousands of Florida coastal residents were ordered to evacuate last week in anticipation of Hurricane Irma, even as their employers remained open. A pizza restaurant manager made headlines when he threatened action against…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

EEO-1 Pay Data Collection Form Nixed for Now

Employers that have been struggling with whether to undertake the arduous task of assembling the 2017 pay data required by the new EEO-1 form can breathe a sigh of relief: the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has nixed it…more
 /  Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Higher Costs for Highly Skilled Foreign Workers in Store for Employers?

Despite the absence of new regulations or policies enacted following the President’s “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order, a recent shift in the adjudication of H-1B visas indicates the Administration’s policy…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Dogged by Dogs at Work: Barking Up the Wrong Tree?

Suppose you hire Kristin Chenoweth to be your new TV show host, and she shows up on the set with her dog Thunder, claiming she needs the dog for emotional support. Must you allow this distraction?…more
 /  Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Heads Up: Employers Must Use Yet Another New I-9 Form

Employers need to switch to yet another new I-9 Form on or before September 18, 2017. The latest update–the second revision to the I-9 since the beginning of the Trump Administration—does not reflect any significant substantive…more
 /  Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law
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