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NEW OFFICE – Assouline & Berlowe Move Their Boca Raton Office Address

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BOCA RATON, FL – Assouline & Berlowe, which has had offices in Boca Raton since 2008, has moved its offices to 2300 Glades Road, East Tower – Suite 135, Boca Raton, Florida 33143.  The Firm’s move is very exciting because it the new office is directly across the street from a number of prime locations for lunch meetings with colleagues.

If you are in the area, please let us know in advance, and stop by.

If you wish to meet with our Boca Raton office Managing Partner, and Board Certified Labor & Employment Attorney Ellen M. Leibovitch, Esq. (who has just been announced as a 2019 Super Lawyer), please let us know.

To Ellen and to our entire Boca Raton office and staff, congratulations and best of luck in the new office!

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Employment Law Update: Time to Review Employee Handbooks

Ellen LeibovitchOn March 18, 2015, the General Counsel for National Labor Relations Board released a report summarizing recent cases where policies in employee handbooks were found to violate Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

Section 7 gives employees the right to form unions and engage in other protected types of concerted activity.  Specifically, among other things, Section 7 allows employees to engage in the following activities:

  • The right to discuss wages, hours and other terms and conditions of employment with other employees and non-employees, including union representatives
  • The right to criticize or protest employer’s labor policies or treatment of employees
  • The right to argue and debate with other employees about unions, management and terms and conditions of employment
  • The right to communicate with the news media, government agencies and other third parties about wages, benefits and other terms and conditions of employment
  • The right to use the employer’s name and logo on picket signs, leaflets and other protest material
  • The right to photograph and make recordings in furtherance of protected concerted activities, including the right to use personal devices to take such pictures and recordings
  • The right to go on strike
  • The right to engage in concerted activity to improve the terms and conditions of employment, even if that activity is in conflict with the employer’s interests

In recent cases, the General Counsel determined that policies in employee handbooks were unlawful if employees would not reasonably understand the policy to prohibit a Section 7 protected activity.  In other words, if the policy is seen as restricting an employee’s Section 7 rights, it would be deemed unlawful under the NLRA.  The General Counsel’s report was intended to summarize these holdings and clarify the government’s position.

For example, a policy which requires the employee to keep the employer’s business information confidential and not to disclose such information about the business, customers, vendors and the like is lawful; but a policy which prohibits discussing wages, hours, workplace complaints and may be unlawful.  Similarly, a policy which requires employees to be “respectful of the company” may be construed to ban protected criticism or protests regarding supervisors, management or the company in general.  However, policies prohibiting serious misconduct, such a insubordination, threats and assault, would still be lawful.  General Counsel also determined that a policy prohibiting employees from speaking to the media about company matters unless authorized by the company to do so or requiring all media inquiries be directed to a designated company official was unlawful because employees reasonably would read such policy to ban protected (Section 7) communications with the media.

These are only a few of the many examples of the kinds of policies which the General Counsel found problematic.  Still, the line between what is lawful and what may be deemed unlawful is blurry at best and has, by this report, been made less clear.  Smart employers would benefit from having skilled employment counsel review their employee handbooks to ensure compliance under the NLRB’s newly-issued guidelines.

For a thorough review of your employer/employee handbooks and their compliance with the NLRB guidelines, please contact Ellen M. Leibovitch below.

Ellen M. Leibovitch

Florida Board Certified Labor and Employment Attorney

ASSOULINE & BERLOWE, P.A.

1801 N. Military Trail, Suite 160

Boca Raton, Florida 33431

Main:  (561) 361-6566

Fax: (561) 361-6466

Email: EML@assoulineberlowe.com

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Ellen M. Leibovitch is a 2015 Finalist for Leaders in Law!

Leaders in LawAssouline & Berlowe, P.A. is proud to announce that Boca Raton Partner Ellen M. Leibovitch has been nominated for the 2015 Leaders in Law Award in Labor and Employment Law.  The South Florida Business & Wealth Leaders in Law Awards, created by Lifestyle Media Group, honors lawyers, law firms, and corporate counsel that promote excellence in their field of law, maintain the highest level of ethics, are committed to their community, and are proven leaders in their field.

Candidates for the Leaders  in Law Award are judged on outstanding litigation, advocacy, counseling, and advancements to the legal profession, along with contributions to the advancement of the bar, including public service, bar association activities, and pro bono activities.

The South Florida’s Leaders in Law April 29, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. at The Gallery of Amazing Things, 481 South Federal Highway, Dania Beach, FL 33004.  To purchased tickets to the event, click here.

Ms. Leibovitch is proud to be nominated as a finalist for such a prestigious award.  As part of her labor and employment law practice, Ms. Leibovitch routinely counsel clients on employee handbooks, training, and audits.  Employers receive training on topics such as, recognizing sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace. Managers also need to know the dos and don’ts in hiring decisions, employee complaints, and complying with the Fair Labor Standards Act.  Also, some employers use the same employment applications, handbooks, and other forms for years without updating these forms with changes in the law.

Assouline & Berlowe is available to review employer policies, procedures, systems and documentation to ensure compliance with all applicable local, state and federal employment laws.  These preventative exercises will help all employers reduce the costs of non-compliance and avoid litigation in the future.  The often used maxim, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, is highly applicable for these type of employment matters.

For a thorough review of your employer policies and procedures, or for any questions about the Leaders in Law award, please contact Ellen M. Leibovitch below.

Ellen M. Leibovitch

Florida Board Certified Labor and Employment Attorney

ASSOULINE & BERLOWE, P.A.

1801 N. Military Trail, Suite 160

Boca Raton, Florida 33431

Main:  (561) 361-6566

Fax: (561) 361-6466

Email: EML@assoulineberlowe.com

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Litigation Partner Eric N. Assouline to Speak at Circuit Court Boot Camp CLE

Eric N. Assouline, Litigation Partner of The Business Law Firm Assouline & Berlowe, P.A., has been again invited to present as a panelist at the upcoming Circuit Court Boot Camp for Practical Trial Litigation Skills. 

Mr. Assouline has been involved in a wide range of business and commercial litigation.  At this seminar, he and other distinguished panelist, will share their experiences practicing in the state courts.

Learn tips of the trade from experienced members of the bar and bench about litigation skills. 

Circuit Court Boot Camp (4th Annual)

A Practical Trial Litigation Skills Program (Fort Lauderdale 2015)

April 10th, 2015 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port Hotel 1825 Griffin Road  Dania, FL 33004

Click here for more information or to register.

Can’t Attend? Click here to order the home study audio CD. Want the CD now?  Order the recording of our 2014 boot camp here

What you’ll learn when you attend:

  • Case Development & Theories
  • Motions for Summary Judgment/Adjudication
  • Other Motions
  • Discovery and E-Discovery
  • Depositions
  • Oral Arguments
  • Heading to Trial
  • Pre-Trial Matters
    • Bench trial pointers
    • Client and witness preparation
    • Jury selection – voir dire and questionnaires
    • Jury instructions and jury verdict forms
    • Opening trial briefs
    • Motions in Limine, motions to exclude witnesses from courtroom
    • Requests for Admissions of Fact
  • Trial Presentation
    • Opening statements
    • Direct and cross examinations
    • Objections
    • Exhibits
    • Expert witnesses and reports
    • Closing arguments
  • Post-Trial Motions

Full and partial scholarships are always available to legal aid firm attorneys.

We hope to see you there.

Best wishes,
Eric N. Assouline

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ERIC N. ASSOULINE, ESQ.

Business Litigation Partner

ASSOULINE & BERLOWE, P.A.

213 E. Sheridan Street, Suite 3

Ft. Lauderdale – Dania, FL 33004

Telephone: 954-929-1899

Facsimile: 954-922-6662

Email: ena@assoulineberlowe.com

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The Boca Raton office of Assouline & Berlowe has moved!

Assouline & Berlowe’s Boca Raton, Florida office has recently moved to 1801 N. Military Trail (Suite 160), Boca Raton, Florida 33431.  Our Boca Raton office includes Partner Peter Koziol, head of the Intellectual Property Litigation practice, and Partner Ellen Leibovitch, Florida Board Certified and head of the Labor & Employment Law practice.

Mr. Koziol frequently counsels clients regarding their intellectual property needs.  Whether you need advice on protecting your inventions and intellectual property, or if you have recently been sued for infringement, Mr. Koziol is well versed to assess the situation and recommend the best course of action.  In today’s legal climate, patent assertion entities, or patent trolls as they are commonly referred to, are actively enforcing their IP portfolio against alleged infringers.  If you or your company need help defending an infringement lawsuit, contact Peter Koziol.

Ms. Leibovitch focuses her law practice on labor and employment counseling and litigation, in addition to commercial and business litigation.  If you are starting a new position and need an attorney to draft or review an employment agreement, call Ellen Leibovitch to make sure your rights are protected.  Or, if your company is setting up or modifying internal employee handbooks, non-compete agreements, or other employee-related agreements, Ellen can provide you the appropriate counseling to ensure applicable state and federal laws are followed.

Again, please remember that our Boca Raton office has changed physical location, but all our other contact information remains the same.

For more information on your business needs, call the attorneys at ASSOULINE & BERLOWE – The BUSINESS LAW Firm

http://www.assoulineberlowe.com

Miami (305) 567-5576

Ft. Lauderdale (954) 929-1899

Boca Raton (561) 361-6566

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