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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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GEICO General Insurance Company v. Martinez, 3D17-1086, 43 Fla. L. Weekly D86a (Fla. 3rd DCA 2017)

By | Appellate / Insurance Litigation, Case Notes

By Aaron Proulx, Esquire   In this case, the Third District Court of Appeal addressed the common issue regarding whether an unripe bad faith claim must be dismissed or whether such a claim may be merely abated and remain within the underlying case.  The Third District held that such a claim must be dismissed. This was an automobile accident case.  Plaintiff, Katherine Martinez, filed suit against the tortfeasor, Diana Guevara.  Guevara was insured by GEICO.  Martinez presented a third-party bad…

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