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Florida Collaborative Divorce Overview

Divorce is an inherently stressful process. However, there are ways to lessen that stress and promote more amicable relationships. One legal method that prioritizes the mental and emotional health of all parties is called collaborative divorce. At Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon, we increasingly use collaborative divorce methods with our clients. We began using this method when we realized that...

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Florida Harassment Laws in the Workplace

If you employ workers in Florida, you need to know about Florida’s workplace harassment laws. As an employer, you need to understand what type of workplace conduct amounts to unlawful harassment. You also need to know how to protect your company from workplace harassment claims. Finally, you should know when to contact an experienced employment attorney to investigate or...

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Florida Non Compete Statute Overview

Are you worried that your key employees will go work for a competitor, taking all your important clients with them? Can you require your employee to sign a non-compete agreement in Florida? Are non competes enforceable in Florida? And what does Florida noncompete law say about an employee going to work for a competitor in spite of a non-compete...

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Florida Termination Laws Overview

Understanding Florida Termination Laws Florida is an at-will employment state. In the simplest terms, at-will employment gives the employer the right to terminate the employment relationship at any time and for any lawful reason. Nevertheless, at-will employers do not have completely unfettered discretion to terminate their workers’ employment, even in Florida. Firing someone for a prohibited reason could lead...

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Florida Employment Contract Overview: Information for Florida Employers

When hiring a new employee, one of the first decisions every employer should make is whether to use a written employment contract in Florida to set forth the terms and conditions of employment. Employment agreements are not necessary in every situation. But if you use them, it’s a good idea to consult an attorney to draft or at least...

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Helping You With Hurricane Claims

As our community works to recover from Hurricane Sally, we want to let you know we are here to help if you navigate your hurricane claims. Many of us in the Pensacola, Pensacola Beach, Perdido, Gulf Breeze, Pace, Milton, and surrounding areas, suffered significant damage to their homes and businesses as a result of Hurricane Sally. Trying to rebuild...

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Florida Passes Minimum Wage Increase

In November of 2020, Floridians voted to pass Amendment 2, which amends Florida’s Constitution to raise the minimum wage rate by $.09, from $8.56 to $8.65. The initial increase took effect on January 1, 2021. The amendment will gradually increase Florida’s minimum wage rate to $15.00 according to the following schedule.

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Employment Law: Employer Myths, Mistakes & Misunderstandings

EMPLOYMENT LAW: EMPLOYER MYTHS, MISTAKES & MISUNDERSTANDINGS (NO. 1):  [This article is one of a series of articles intended to identify and discuss some of the mistakes employers make, and misunderstandings thatemployers have with respect to employment laws. It is not intended and should not be construed as legal advice.] by Brad Adams[1] “I don’t need to worry about having a...

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Hurricane Sally: Tips for Filing Your Insurance Claim

We have weathered storms along the gulf coast since 1913, and are here to help you and your family recover from Hurricane Sally. If you have questions regarding what you should do to collect information and submit an insurance claim, our attorneys are ready to assist you with a free consultation. As business and property owners, we know well...

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