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Labor & Employment

New Partner Announcement – Congratulations Jeffrey S. Glassman

By Commercial Litigation, Construction Litigation, Firm News, Florida Law, General / Premises Liability, Labor & Employment, Product Liability, Tampa, Trucking, Auto & Motorcycle

Smoak Chistolini & Barnett is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeffrey Glassman as partner Jeffrey started his legal career in New York City in 2004, where he practiced for over a decade in the state and federal courts New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.  In 2014, Jeffrey became a member of the Florida Bar, and in 2015 he joined Smoak, Chistolini & Barnett as a Senior Associate.  Professionally, Jeffrey’s practice has focused on insurance defense litigation, with concentrations in…

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Unconscious Bias and Jury Selection

By Firm News, Labor & Employment

SCB’s Partner Kelly Charles-Collins is presenting at the Trial Advocacy Boot Camp held at the University of Miami September 27th- 30th Kelly will present on the impact of Unconscious Bias in Jury Selection Attendees will learn the importance of voir dire, the methods utilized to question a venire including ethical considerations, and the proper use of cause and peremptory challenges. Become Comfortable & Confident In The Court Room Program Faculty   Kelly Charles-Collins Partner – Smoak Chistolini & Barnett PLLC  Labor…

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South Florida’s 8th Annual Labor employment Law Employment Conference

By Firm News, Labor & Employment

SCB’s Partner Kelly Charles-Collins is a Speaker and Faculty Member for this years Conference being held in Miami Florida. Labor and Employment law developments, presented by some of Florida’s top practitioners in the field Kelly will be speaking about Sexual Harassment and Investigations in the #MeToo Movement What is unlawful sexual harassment the basics; what impact the #METOO and #TIMESUP movements have had on employee behavior and employee complaints; what cultural shifts businesses need to make in the workplace

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ACE Your Workplace Investigations: By Kelly Charles-Collins

By Firm News, Labor & Employment

We are proud to announce the release of a new publication written by our Partner Kelly Charles-Collins Esq. ACE Your Workplace Investigations A Step-by-Step Guide for Avoiding Friction, Covering Your Assets, and Earning Employee Trust Employee complaints are a cost of doing business. If you want to reduce those costs and earn employee trust, you must address employee complaints by conducting effective workplace investigations. But this is not just another CYA guide. Author and Attorney Kelly Charles-Collins, an authority in…

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South Florida’s Premier Labor & Employment Conference

By Firm News, Labor & Employment

 Our Partner Kelly Charles-Collins, Esquire Presenting faculty member for: The 8th annual  South Florida’s Premier Labor & Employment Conference Sexual Harassment and Investigations in the #MeToo Movement What is unlawful sexual harassment  – The basics; what impact the #METOO and #TIMESUP movements have had on employee behavior and employee complaints; what cultural shifts businesses need to make in the workplace Presented by Kelly Charles-Collins of Smoak Chistolini & Barnett   Seminar Overview The Trump era is having a seismic impact not…

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SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE WORKPLACE

By Firm News, Labor & Employment

By Kelly Charles-Collins, Esquire “It’s all fun and games until somebody loses their job” The use of social media has increased exponentially over the years as a primary means of communication for many people. I remember when all we had was a beeper. Remember you would put in “07734” to spell out “hello.” Or you would stand and “bitch” next to the company water cooler. Yes, I just dated myself; memories. But I digress. Social Media in the workplace is…

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SMOAK, CHISTOLINI & BARNETT PARTNER KELLY CHARLES-COLLINS ELECTED TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR PACE CENTER FOR GIRLS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

By Firm News, Labor & Employment, Tampa

Smoak, Chistolini & Barnett “SCB” Partner Kelly Charles-Collins has been elected to the Board of Directors for the PACE Center for Girls in Hillsborough County.   Kelly is a trial attorney with over 19 years of experience representing businesses in employment law matters, and providing day-to-day preventive counseling for employers and training for employees. She also presides as an Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. Kelly is a licensed attorney in Florida, Georgia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.   “Women…

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Florida Raises Minimum Wage for 2018

By Firm News, Florida Law, Labor & Employment

By: Kelly Charles-Collins, Esquire   Effective January 1, 2018, Florida’s new minimum wage is $8.25 per hour. Things you should know: Florida law requires that the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity calculate a minimum wage rate every year. Minimum wage applies to all employees in Florida who are covered by the federal minimum wage laws. Employers must pay their employees minimum wage. Employers who employ “tipped employees” who are eligible for tip credit under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”),…

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“Employers, did you know … Hillsborough County has a Human Rights Ordinance that prohibits discrimination and retaliation?”

By Firm News, Florida Law, Labor & Employment

By: Kelly Charles-Collins, Esquire Florida employers are usually aware of the federal laws prohibiting discrimination and retaliation, such as Title VII, the American with Disabilities Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Many are also aware of the state law, the Florida Civil Rights Act. But very few are aware that many counties and cities have their own human rights ordinances, which apply to employers with as few as five (5) employees. One such ordinance is the Hillsborough County…

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