U.S. Supreme Court Tackles Discrimination on Basis of Homosexuality or Transgender Status in Recent Majority Opinion. Imagine an employer’s application form offered a box to check if you, the applicant, were homosexual or transgender. How does an employer provide instructions for filling out this portion of the application without using the words “man”, “woman”, “sex” or some other synonym? Now, imagine an employer has […]
MSZL&M is pleased to announce that Ela M. Hernandez, with the firm’s Southern Florida office, was recently recognized in the 2020 edition of Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite™. The list of 1,071 honorees represents just over 1% of the active Florida Bar members, including attorneys in private practice as well as top government and non-profit attorneys who practice in Florida.
The family of a veteran meat-packing worker who died from COVID-19 has filed a lawsuit against his former employer, JBS SA. Enock Benjamin,70, died on April 3, 2020 as a result of respiratory failure brought on by the novel coronavirus, according to the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office. Benjamin worked at JBS’s Souderton, PA plant before he died. Ferdinand Benjamin, Benjamin’s son, who is represented […]
MSZL&M and Jacksonville, Florida Associate, Maxwell Wihnyk obtained summary judgment in a personal injury claim against a national retailer. Plaintiff fell in a parking lot as she was on her way to shop. Plaintiff slipped as she stepped up onto the perimeter sidewalk surrounding the entire shopping complex. Plaintiff underwent extensive treatment, including multiple injections to her back and knees. Plaintiff was given a […]
There is a recurring word that continues to be expressed every time we are discussing with our clients whether there will be workers compensation coverage for COVID-19 and that word is “MAYBE”. Unfortunately, there is no magic pill for either treating this virus or as an answer as to whether states will cover these claims. Every state, having its own specific workers compensation scheme, […]
On March 9, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom became the first U.S. governor to order mandatory stay-at-home restrictions in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus infections. Since then, dozens of other states, cities and localities have followed suit in an effort to protect their citizens from the scourge of this deadly disease. As of March 28, 2020, at least 228 million people […]
Employers: Click Here for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Employee Rights Poster Click on the following link to access a copy of the poster: https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/WHD/posters/FFCRA_Poster_WH1422_Non-Federal.pdf Please contact Bradley Shafer, 304.241.2976 (Tel); email@example.com with any questions you may have regarding rights and responsibilities under the Act.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE EXPANSION TO THE FMLA AND THE EMERGENCY PAID SICK LEAVE LAW UNDER THE FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed HR 6201 which is titled the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. While the Act addresses a number of topics relating to the COVID 19 pandemic, employers are particularly interested in the expansion […]
COVID-19 RESOURCE DIRECTORY: CURRENT STATUS OF COURT CLOSURES The following links will provide you with the current status of Court Closures in States we serve: Delaware: State: https://courts.delaware.gov/ Federal: https://courts.delaware.gov/supreme/ https://www.ded.uscourts.gov/ Florida: State: https://www.floridasupremecourt.org/ https://www.flclerks.com/general/custom.asp?page=COVID-19 Federal: http://www.flnd.uscourts.gov/ https://www.flmd.uscourts.gov/ https://www.flsd.uscourts.gov/federal-judicial-districts-florida Maryland and District of Columbia: State: https://mdcourts.gov/ https://www.courts.state.md.us/ https://www.dccourts.gov/ Federal: https://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/home.nsf https://www.mdd.uscourts.gov/ New Jersey: State: https://njcourts.gov/ Federal: https://www.njd.uscourts.gov/ New York: State: […]
Businesses are closed. Stores and malls are empty. Restaurant tables and hotel rooms sit vacant. Sporting events and conferences are canceled. Supply chains are disrupted or destroyed. The ripple effects of the novel coronavirus are expected to wreak havoc on commerce worldwide for an extended period of time. News reports already indicate that the impacts are being felt across virtually every industry. Without a […]