Is your company offering incentives to employees for engaging in a healthy lifestyle? Or, is your company penalizing employees who have unhealthy habits? Maybe your company is doing both. According to a Sun Sentinel report this week, a number of South Florida employers are increasing incentives and penalties to keep their employees' health habits in check.
The U.S. Supreme Court may soon decide a groundbreaking employment law case revolving around whether sales people working in the field have the right to overtime pay. The court is considering the appeal filed by two former sales representatives of GlaxoSmithKline. The two had earlier filed a class action lawsuit to argue that the company owes them overtime pay for up to 20 hours of overtime that the men worked each week.
Employees in Broward County who have spent time in the workplace checking personal email or Facebook accounts can rest assured that these actions--while perhaps against a workplace policy--are not illegal.
Employees in Florida who identify safety and health concerns in the workplace are protected by whistleblower protection laws. This means that an employee in Florida cannot be fired or treated unfairly due to bringing up a safety complaint. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational and Health Administration recently sued a school in Manatee County, Florida, after learning of a whistleblower violation.