Broward County employees have the right to take a leave of absence from their jobs due to events such as childbirth or a serious health condition under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. Oftentimes, both employers and employees in South Florida are confused about FMLA because Florida state law does not require private employers to provide leave to their employees.
An appeal made by the Applebee's International restaurant chain was recently refused consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court. The appeal follows a lawsuit filed by thousands of bartenders and servers, affecting those in South Florida and nationwide, who claimed underpayment because they were paid reduced wages on the basis that they were receiving tips.
The laws and regulations which govern employers are always evolving, and it is important for employees to be aware of their rights.
Florida law prohibits employers from firing an employee for reporting to jury duty and for threatening employees with termination for reporting to jury duty. However, this does still happen from time to time.