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Employer/Employee Representation


Employment law, sometimes referred to as Labor law, encompasses the massive compilation of statutory laws, administrative rulings, and legal precedents which cover all facets of the employer/employee relationship.  Its governance falls under the umbrella of both federal and state statutes, as well as administrative regulation and judicial precedent.

At RICE & ROSE, we realize that it can be very tricky to navigate the modern workplace. On the one hand, most employees in Florida are employed on an at will basis, which means that you can be fired for a good reason, a bad reason, or no reason at all. On the other hand, numerous federal and state laws protect employees from discrimination, harassment, overtime violations, and other forms of illegal employer conduct.  Our employment law lawyers believe that all employees deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. They deserve a working environment in which their legal rights are honored and protected.  As such, we work hard to zealously advocate for the rights of employees who suffer unlawful treatment in the workplace.

Of course, it’s not all about litigation. Much of our work also involves representing business executives and employers in negotiating various employment agreements, such as employment contracts, compensation and stock plans, severance agreements, and non compete and non solicitation agreements. In other words, we can fight if we have to, but we also have the business savvy to negotiate sophisticated agreements for our clients.  After decades of working with employers, we are convinced that it is a  cost effective use of our time to partner with our clients to create rewarding and meaningful workplace environments where employees find predictable and defined expectations, recognition and reward for accomplishment, and trustworthy and knowledgeable supervision. We have found that clients who adopt this model are substantially less likely to face third party intervention from lawyers, labor unions or governmental agencies.

Although our practice takes many forms, it all boils down to the same ultimate goal: facilitating positive working relationships between employers and employees.

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