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Florida Legislature Considers Bill To Require All Non-Provider Owned Practices To Become Licensed.

Under the Florida Health Care Clinic Act, most health care clinics not owned by a licensed physician or practitioner must apply for a license with the Agency For Health Care Administration (AHCA). The licensing process can be quite onerous and requires background checks of owners and certain employees, financial requirements, and inspections. Because the law was a result of investigations into personal injury clinics, a quirk in the language of the law made it possible for health care clinics that did not submit claims to either insurance or government payers to avoid the licensure requirement. There are many such practices in Florida that rely on patient only payments, including cosmetic surgery practices, diet centers, wellness centers, massage establishments and medical spas.

A new proposed statute, S.B. 732, which is designed to address cosmetic surgery centers, would change the law for all clinics and eliminate the reimbursement requirement and require all health care clinics that receive any payment that are not physician or practitioner owned to become licensed clinics. The Bill is currently winding its way through legislative committees and if passed, would affect a large number of practices in Florida.

By Bernard M. Cassidy

Just because someone is A Manager does not mean they do not need to be paid Overtime under the FLSA

On February 28, 2019, a jury verdict of 2.9 million dollars was entered against Stake ‘N Shake, for not paying overtime to their managers.

That amount is likely to be doubled by the Court within the two months, or so, because under the FLSA the amount the jury awards is often doubled as a legally mandated penalty against the employer. The issue is that the employees suing Stake ‘N Shake were managers, and they were still entitled to overtime. In a famous case Family Dollar was hit with a judgement against them of over ten million dollars when their managers sued them, and they appealed and the appellate court determined their managers were entitled to overtime.

However, one of the most common things that people claim to have knowledge of about the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and its overtime requirements, is that managers are not entitled to overtime pay. It is patently false that giving someone the title of manager means you do not have to pay them overtime. To not pay overtime, to someone you call a manager, they must fit a very specific set of legal guidelines that are interpreted through hundreds, if not thousands, of Court decisions. Failing to pay someone overtime, who meets the complex regulations interpreted through court decisions, means you can be sued for overtime in a very expensive Federal or State Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Lawsuit. Often time payroll companies, and non FLSA Lawyers, get wrong which managers get overtime, and which do not. For help in knowing if your managers should be paid overtime, or if one of your managers is suing you for overtime, call Joshua Sheskin at the Ft. Lauderdale Florida Headquarters of Lubell Rosen LLC.- By: Joshua H. Sheskin, Esq., 954-880-9500 jhs@lubellrosen.com

Workers with Varying Hourly Rates Have Variable Overtime Rates an Employer Must Pay Or Risk Getting Sued Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Overtime seems like an easy concept; the employee is entitled to 150% of their regular hourly pay for every hour of overtime they work. However, under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) there are special rules for employees who make different rates throughout the course of the week, and when those different jobs count as independent employment, versus when the work at both jobs must be counted towards the employee’s forty hours per-week. A typical situation where this arises is in a restaurant where an employee sometimes acts as a manager and sometimes as a server, in this case the hours worked as a manager and as a server may or may not need to be added together to determine if overtime is owed, it depends on how you have set up that employment arrangement on paper with the employee. On that note, if management and service is set up improperly, then if the employee makes more as a manager, than they do as a server, you cannot pay them overtime rates based on whether the overtime hours were as a manager or server, nor take the lower of the two numbers.  When an employee has a varying hourly rate, getting the overtime calculation wrong can lead to a very expensive Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) suit. If you do not have a contract in place with a worker who does what you think are two separate jobs, a contract that is legally adequate to distinguish the jobs under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), then you can also face an expensive FLSA lawsuit. For help in avoiding expensive federal lawsuits when paying employees varying hourly rates call Attorney Joshua Sheskin at Lubell Rosen

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Arrests Are Up Over 700% in 2018, If You Employed Illegal Workers You Need a Good Federal Employment Attorney on Call Now More than Ever

Hiring illegal immigrants exposes your business to serious liability issues that could end in Federal Charges, but at a minimum result in hefty fines and a shutdown of your business for a period. ICE has had a record year with more than 6,848 investigations in 2018, compared to 1,691 investigations in 2017, this is an over 400% increase. ICE plans, on increasing the number of investigations in 2019. In 2017 1,360 companies were audited for I-9 compliance, compared to 5,981 in 2018, an over 400% increase, and in 2019 ICE has been directed to increase this number even more. In 2017 there were 311 arrests by ICE on worksites, but in 2018 there were 2,304, an over 700% increase. As an employer you may have decided to take the risk of hiring illegal workers, and if you have then you may be faced with an ICE investigation or audit, and if that happens the repercussions for breaking Federal Laws regarding immigration, in the current political climate, are severe. When ICE shows up to your business for an ICE Audit or Investigation, it is not the time to try to talk your way out of trouble. If ICE finds out you employed illegal workers the issue is damage control, how much you and your business will be punished for the hiring of illegal workers is a matter of how good your attorney is at controlling the damage. If ICE shows up at your business, it is essential to call an attorney like myself who has years of experience as a labor attorney, has regularly dealt with Federal Agencies, and has years of Federal Criminal Defense experience, to control the fallout. If ICE shows up at your business call Attorney Joshua Sheskin at Lubell Rosen today. -By: Joshua H. Sheskin, Esq., 954-880-9500 or JHS@LubellRosen.com.

YOU CANNOT AGREE WITH YOUR EMPLOYEES THAT YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PAY THEM OVERTIME, EVEN IF THE AGREEMENT YOU MAKE PAYS THEM MORE

The right to overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) cannot be given up in an employment contract, or agreed between the employer and employee not to apply. In hundreds of FLSA cases I have been involved in, one of the most common things employers are sued for is coming up with ways to pay their employees more, but that do not pay them overtime at one-and-one half times their regular hourly rate. Often times these employers tell me that the employee gladly signed a contract to be paid that way because it meant more money. A contract to pay less than one-and-one-half times the regular hourly rate for overtime hours is an illegal contract and completely unenforceable. An employee cannot give up his/her right to overtime, and an employer cannot agree to not follow the law. However, if you do want to pay your employees in a way that is not a strict hourly rate, and one-and-one-half times that rate for overtime, there are ways to do that for some employees. Other employees the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require you to pay overtime to. While exceptions to overtime laws can be applied to some employees, and other employees can be paid a salary that reduces the overtime rate (salaried employees are entitled to overtime), complex legal rules apply. Implementing a system of payment that does not subject you to lawsuits usually requires a labor lawyer. The Fair Labor Standards Act is a specialized field. To have a specialist help you avoid costly lawsuits call or email Joshua Sheskin at Lubell Rosen today – By: Joshua H. Sheskin, Esq., 954-880-9500 – JHS@LubellRosen.com