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March 2016 Archives

Employees and intellectual property ownership

Trade secrets are often the foundation of a company’s hold in the marketplace. Although they must be kept close, it is typically necessary for at least some employees to have access to them in the course of their job functions. In fact, they may even be the creators of the intellectual property. An employee who ends the employment relationship may have the information necessary to start or support a rival company. According to the Florida Statutes, this could be considered theft or embezzlement. First, though, the company must establish ownership of the intellectual property.

Breastfeeding in the workplace

If you are an employer with workers who are pregnant or may become pregnant, you may have thought about the ways this could affect your workplace in Miami, Florida. Depending on the choices that a working mother makes for herself and her child, there could be federal guidelines that you will need to understand and comply with. We at Welbaum Guernsey are familiar with federal and state employment law and understand the legal issues that may arise when breastfeeding mothers require accommodations at work.

Litigation against Florida company still pending

When people move into new homes in Florida, they have the right to expect the buildings to be free of flaws. Florida statutes include building codes regulating the construction industry, and depending on the situation, the party at fault may be the developer, a contractor or another professional. There are a variety of circumstances that allow owners to file lawsuits due to construction defects, but when many parties are involved, the litigation could become complicated.

When do homeowners receive control of the HOA?

If you are a developer of a community in Miami, Florida, it is important for you to understand what the state’s statutes have to say regarding your transfer of the homeowners’ association to its members. The Florida State Legislature explains that these transitions are legal transactions that are governed by many regulations.

Limitations to your right to fire an employee at will

As an employer in the Miami, Florida, area, managing your employees effectively is essential to your company’s success. However, federal and state laws sometimes affect the choices you make. According to Chron.com, Florida is an at-will employment state, which gives you quite a bit of freedom when you decide an employee is not right for your company. At Welbaum Guernsey, we understand the importance of making sure you are not inviting a lawsuit when you dismiss one or more of your workers.

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