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Articles By Donna Ballman

Huffington Post Can You Be Fired For Your Political Beliefs Or Activities? Maybe 02/04/16 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donna-ballman/can-you-be-fired-for-your_b_9154066.html

Huffington Post Will I Get Paid If My Office Is Closed For Snow? 01/25/16 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donna-ballman/will-i-get-paid-if-my-office-is-closed-for-snow_b_9061560.html

Huffington Post Can Your Employer Demand Intrusive Medical Testing? Court Says Yes 01/15 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donna-ballman/can-your-employer-demand-intrusive-medical-testing-court-says-yes_b_8982922.html

Thomson’s HR compliance Expert Opposing Counsel: Allowing Employees FMLA Choice is No Cakewalk for Employers 01/16/16 http://hr.complianceexpert.com/hr-intelligence/opposing-counsel-allowing-employees-fmla-choice-is-no-cakewalk-for-employers-1.393292

Huffington Post If My Office Is Closed Due to Flooding, Am I Entitled to Wages? 12/30/2015 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donna-ballman/if-my-office-is-closed-du_b_8892838.html

Huffington Post 'Happy Holidays' Instead Of 'Merry Christmas': Your Legal Right At Work, Not A War 12/22/15 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donna-ballman/happy-holidays-instead-of_1_b_8859118.html

Call Me Karnak: How I Did On My Predictions For 2015 12/21/15 http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/2015/12/its-time-to-see-how-i-did-on-my.html

Huffington Post Number One Workplace Right You Think Exists That Doesn't: Wrongful Termination 11/23/15 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donna-ballman/number-one-workplace-right-you-think-exists-that-doesnt-wrongful-termination_b_8618064.html

Huffington Post Those Anti-Muslim Rants Are Going To Get Your Company Sued 11/18/15 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donna-ballman/those-antimuslim-rants-ar_b_8577330.html

If You Work For A Federal Contractor, You Have More Rights Than You Thought You Did. Thanks, Obama! 10/05/15 http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/2015/10/if-you-work-for-federal-contractor-you.html

11th Circuit Rules Courts Must Consider Hardship to Employee in Deciding on Florida Noncompete Injunction 09/14/15 http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/2015/09/11th-circuit-rules-courts-must-consider.html

Is It Time To Start a Union At Your Workplace? 09/07/15 http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/2015/09/is-it-time-to-start-union-at-your.html

Employment Law Blog Carnival: Summer Holiday Edition 07/13/15 http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/2015/07/employment-law-blog-carnival-summer.html

What Did The Florida Legislature Do For Employees? Diddly squat, with one silly exception May 2015 http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/2015/05/what-did-florida-legislature-do-for.html

How To End Sandwich Noncompetes?: Tie Them To CEO Pay April 2015 http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/2015/04/how-to-end-sandwich-noncompetes-tie.html

aoljobs AOL Jobs Can I Sue My Former Employer For Giving False Information About Me? 3/31/15 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2015/03/31/employer-gave-false-information-in-reference/?a_dgi=aolshare_facebook

aoljobs AOL Jobs Are You Misclassified As An Independent Contractor? 3/24/15 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2015/03/24/are-you-misclassified-as-an-independent-contractor/?a_dgi=aolshare_facebook

aoljobs AOL Jobs Same-Sex Spouses Now Protected Under FMLA (But Not Civil Unions) 3/17/15 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2015/03/17/same-sex-spouses-now-protected-under-fmla/?a_dgi=aolshare_facebook

aoljobs AOL Jobs Can My Old Boss Give Me A Bad Reference? 3/10/15 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2015/03/10/can-my-old-boss-give-me-a-bad-reference/?a_dgi=aolshare_facebook

aoljobs AOL Jobs More Employer Dirty Tricks To Avoid Paying Overtime: Changed Workweek 3/3/15 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2015/03/03/employer-changed-schedule-avoid-paying-overtime/?a_dgi=aolshare_facebook

aoljobs AOL Jobs 3 Ways To Prove You Weren't Hired Due To Age Discrimination 2/24/15 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2015/02/24/prove-not-hired-due-to-age-discrimination/?a_dgi=aolshare_facebook

aoljobs AOL Jobs Can I Record My Boss To Prove Racist, Sexist Remarks? 2/17/15 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2015/02/17/record-racist-sexist-boss/?a_dgi=aolshare_facebook

aoljobs AOL Jobs I Was Sent Home From Work Sick, Then Fired 2/10/15 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2015/02/10/sent-home-sick-then-fired/?a_dgi=aolshare_facebook

aoljobs AOL Jobs Can I Put An Ad On Craigslist Saying My Former Employee Is A Thief? 2/3/15 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2015/02/03/former-employee-is-a-thief-employment-law/?a_dgi=aolshare_facebook

aoljobs AOL Jobs Do I Get Paid If We're Closed For The Blizzard? 1/27/15 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2015/01/27/workplace-closed-for-blizzard-entitled-to-pay/

aoljobs AOL Jobs I'm Misclassified As A Contractor And My Workplace Is Unsafe 1/20/15 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2015/01/20/contractor-unsafe-workplace/?a_dgi=aolshare_facebook

aoljobs AOL Jobs Can My Boss Dock My Pay For Mistakes? 1/13/15 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2015/01/13/can-my-boss-dock-my-pay-for-mistakes/?a_dgi=aolshare_facebook

South Florida Legal Guide 10 Steps To Take When Your Former Employer Tries To Enforce A Noncompete Or Nonsolicitation Agreement January 2015 http://www.sflegalguide.com/index.php?plugin=News&id=162&title=10-steps-to-take-when-your-former-employer-tries-to-enforce-a-noncompete-or-nonsolicitation-agreement

aoljobs AOL Jobs Gay Marriage Sweeps U.S.: How Does It Affect The Workplace And You? 1/6/15 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2015/01/06/same-sex-marriage-legalized-florida/?a_dgi=aolshare_facebook

Federal Judge Says All Florida Clerks Have Duty To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses January 2015 http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/2015/01/federal-judge-says-all-florida-clerks.html

aoljobs AOL Jobs Top 13 Workplace Legal Issues Of 2014 12/30/14 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/12/30/top-workplace-legal-issues-recap/?a_dgi=aolshare_facebook

aoljobs AOL Jobs Obamacare, Handbooks, Benefits And More: Your End Of Year Career Checklist 12/12/14 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/12/12/employment-end-of-year-checklist/?a_dgi=aolshare_facebook

aoljobs AOL Jobs Can My Boss Make Me Assume Legal Liabilities For The Company? 11/25/14 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/11/25/boss-make-me-assume-legal-liabilities/?a_dgi=aolshare_facebook

aoljobs AOL Jobs Do I Have To Obey A Bully Boss? 11/11/14 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/11/11/do-i-have-to-obey-a-bully/?a_dgi=aolshare_facebook

aoljobs AOL Jobs 9 of 10 Americans Don't Know This Secret About Obamacare 10/28/14 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/10/28/obamacare-secret-cobra/?a_dgi=aolshare_facebook

aoljobs AOL Jobs Low-Wage Worker Noncompetes? Can You Say Antitrust? 10/21/14 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/10/21/low-wage-worker-noncompetes-antitrust/

aoljobs AOL Jobs Employment Law: What to Do When Your Boss Is Violating Your Rights 10/16/14 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/10/16/employment-law-bosses/?a_dgi=aolshare_facebook

aoljobs AOL Jobs Best of: Employment Law With Donna Ballman 10/14/14 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/10/14/best-of-donna-ballman-employment-law/

States With Pro-Employee Laws: Domestic Violence Victim Workplace Protection September 2014 http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/2014/09/states-with-pro-employee-laws-domestic.html

aoljobs AOL Jobs If The Customer Calls Me Am I Violating My Noncompete? 9/9/14 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/09/09/violate-noncompete-employment-law/

aoljobs AOL Jobs How Do I Prove The Hours I Worked When My Employer Doesn't Keep Records? 9/2/14 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/09/02/prove-the-hours-worked/?a_dgi=aolshare_facebook

States With Pro-Employee Laws: Discrimination Against Unemployed August 2014 http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/2014/08/states-with-pro-employee-laws.html

aoljobs AOL Jobs Can My Employer Force Me To Take My Lunch Break? 8/19/14 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/08/19/can-employer-force-me-take-lunch-break/?a_dgi=aolshare_facebook

aoljobs AOL Jobs Can I Be Sued For Slander For Reporting Sexual Harassment? 8/5/14 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/08/05/sexual-harassment-and-slander/?a_dgi=aolshare_facebook

aoljobs AOL Jobs Can My Employer Track My Location On My Personal Device? 7/29/14 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/07/29/track-personal-device-employer-work/?a_dgi=aolshare_facebook

Now That Florida Has Gay Marriage, How Does That Affect Employee Rights? 7/14 http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/2014/07/now-that-florida-has-gay-marriage-how.html

aoljobs AOL Jobs Do I Have To Put Up With Sexual Harassment By A Customer? 7/15/14 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/07/15/sexual-harassment-by-customer/

aoljobs AOL Jobs Can I Be Fired Because My Boss Knows I'll Be Leaving? 7/8/14 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/07/08/can-i-be-fired-because-my-boss-knows-i-ll-be-leaving/

aoljobs AOL Jobs Can I Be Fired For Piercings That Were Okay Until They Changed The Dress Code? 7/1/14 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/07/01/fired-for-ear-piercing-at-work/

aoljobs AOL Jobs Are 9 Sexual Harassment Cases And A Naked Dancing Video Cause For Firing? Maybe Not 6/22/14 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/06/22/dov-charney-american-apparel-firing-second-look/

The Criminalization Of Employment Law June 2014 http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/2014/06/criminalization-employment-law.html

aoljobs AOL Jobs How Do I Prove Sexual Harassment? 6/10/14 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/06/10/how-do-i-prove-sexual-harassment/

aoljobs AOL Jobs Can My Employer Ban Me From Speaking Spanish To Co-Workers? 6/3/14 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/06/03/can-my-employer-ban-me-from-speaking-spanish/

aoljobs AOL Jobs 9 Things Every Teen Should Know About Workplace Rights 5/20/14 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/05/20/teens-workplace-rights/

aoljobs AOL Jobs What Every Teen (And Parent) Needs To Know About Sexual Harassment At Work 5/13/14 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/05/13/sexual-harassment-at-work-teens/

6 Ways Same-Sex Marriage Will Affect Florida Employees May 2014 http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/2014/05/6-ways-same-sex-marriage-will-affect.html

aoljobs AOL Jobs AOL Jobs Readers Change The World! ObamaCare COBRA Gap Fixed 5/6/14 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/05/06/obamacare-cobra-gap-fixed-aol-jobs-readers-change-the-world/

aoljobs AOL Jobs Who Do I Complain To About Discrimination If I'm HR? 4/29/14 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/04/29/discrimination-human-resources/

Florida Retail Federation, Republican Legislators Still Want To Legalize Wage Theft April 2014 http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/2014/04/florida-retail-federation-republican.html

aoljobs AOL Jobs Can My Employer Tell Me Where To Live? 4/22/14 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/04/22/employer-tell-where-to-live/

aoljobs AOL Jobs The Little-Known Obamacare COBRA Catch-22 4/8/14 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/04/08/obamacare-cobra-catch/?a_dgi=aolshare_twitter

aoljobs AOL Jobs Does My Employer Have To Pay Earned Sick And Vacation Time When I Leave? 4/1/14 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/04/01/vacation-sick-time-payout-pto/

aoljobs AOL Jobs Why Legal Marijuana Use Can Get You Fired 3/25/14 http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/03/25/legal-marijuana-use-discrimination/

aoljobs AOL Jobs: I Was Late For Work With No Excuse And Was Fired And Now I Want To Sue - Careers Articles http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/03/11/fired-for-lateness-legal-question/

aoljobs AOL Jobs: What Can I Do About Sexual Harassment At A Small Company? - Careers Articles http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/03/04/sexual-harassment-at-small-company/

aoljobs AOL Jobs: Ask Donna: Answers to AOL Jobs Reader Questions On Wages and Overtime http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/02/25/salary-wages-and-overtime-law/

Will The Reason For My Termination Turn Up In A Background Check? http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/2014/02/will-reason-for-my-termination-turn-up.html

They Aren't Going To Beg You To Stay (So Don't Quit Unless You Mean It) http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/2014/02/they-arent-going-to-beg-you-to-stay-so.html

aoljobs AOL Jobs: Am I Being Targeted For Layoff Due To My Age? - Careers Articles http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/02/18/age-discrimination-and-layoffs/

aoljobs AOL Jobs: If My Office Is Closed For Snow, Do I Get Paid? http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/01/31/if-my-office-is-closed-for-a-snowstorm-am-i-entitled-to-be-paid/?a_dgi=aolshare_comments#aol-comments

aoljobs AOL Jobs: Do I Have To Disclose My Medical Condition To A Potential Employer? http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/02/11/do-i-have-to-disclose-my-medical-condition-to-a-potential-employ/

The Law TV: 10 Things That Can Get You In Trouble At Work: http://thelaw.tv/news/2014/02/04/10-things-that-can-get-you-in-trouble-at-work/

aoljobs AOL Jobs: Help! My Employer Is Making Me Work Overtime Off The Books. What Do I Do? http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/01/28/employer-making-me-work-overtime-off-the-books/

Forbes: What To Do For Health Insurance When You Lose Your Job http://www.forbes.com/sites/deborahljacobs/2014/01/21/what-to-do-for-health-insurance-when-you-lose-your-job/

aoljobs AOL Jobs: 9 Ways A DUI Will Destroy Your Career - Careers Articles http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/01/21/dui-will-destroy-your-career/

aoljobs AOL Jobs: Does Your Religion Excuse Homophobic, Racist or Sexist Behavior At Work? - Careers Articles http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/01/14/does-your-religion-excuse-homophobic-racist-or-sexist-behavior/

The Law TV: Think You Have Free Speech At Work? Think Again: http://thelaw.tv/news/2014/01/13/think-you-have-free-speech-at-work-think-again/

aoljobs AOL Jobs: Still No Free Speech At Work: Response To Your Comments on Phil Robertson and Duck Dynasty http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/01/02/free-speech-at-work-duck-dynasty-phil-robertson/?a_dgi=aolshare_twitter

aoljobs AOL Jobs: Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson Surviving Doesn't Mean You Can Say Anything At Work http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2013/12/30/duck-dynasty-phil-robertson-free-speech

The Law TV: What Every Employee Needs To Know About Holidays http://thelaw.tv/news/2013/11/08/what-every-employee-needs-to-know-about-holidays/

Elf's Lament: Don't Forget The Underpaid Workers This Holiday Season http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/2013/12/elfs-lament-dont-forget-underpaid.html

aoljobs AOL Jobs: Can I Secretly Record a Conversation at Work? http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2013/11/19/can-i-record-a-conversation-with-my-employer/

Forbes: 11 Sneaky Ways Companies Get Rid Of Older Workers http://www.forbes.com/sites/deborahljacobs/2013/11/03/11-sneaky-ways-companies-get-rid-of-older-workers/

aoljobs AOL Jobs: ENDA (Banning Sexual Orientation Discrimination) Passes In Senate. What Will It Mean If It Becomes Law? - Careers Articles http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2013/11/07/enda-banning-sexual-orientation-discrimination-passes-senate/

Don't Forget About Religious Discrimination When Throwing Your Office Halloween Party http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/2013/10/dont-forget-about-religious.html

aoljobs AOL Jobs: 7 Ways To Protect Yourself If Your Boss Is a Bully - Careers Articles http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2013/10/29/protect-yourself-boss-bullying-discrimination/

aoljobs AOL Jobs: 5 Ways Your Workplace Bully May Be Breaking The Law http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2013/10/22/workplace-bullying/

Forbes: Unemployment Insurance: Nine Things That May Stop You From Collecting Benefits http://www.forbes.com/sites/deborahljacobs/2013/09/03/unemployment-insurance-nine-things-that-may-stop-you-from-collecting-benefits/

aoljobs AOL Jobs: How To Tell If Your Employer Is Spying On You http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2013/09/24/signs-employer-spying-workers/

The Law TV: Should Fast Food Paychecks Be Supersized? http://thelaw.tv/news/2013/08/29/how-to-supersize-your-fast-food-paycheck/

aoljobs AOL Jobs: Answering Emails After Hours? You May Be Entitled To Overtime http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2013/06/25/answering-emails-after-hours-you-may-be-entitled-to-overtime/?ncid=edlinkuscare00000007&ts=1372170139

Can My Employer Enforce A Noncompete When We Get Our Customers Through Bidding? http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/2013/05/can-my-employer-enforce-noncompete-when.html

aoljobs AOL Jobs: Pre-Employment Medical Exams: A New, Scary Kind Of Discrimination http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2013/06/11/genetic-information-non-discrimination-act-employers/

More Answers To Your Noncompete Questions http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/2013/07/more-answers-to-your-noncompete.html

Non-Compete Agreements Can't Be Used to Prevent Competition http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/2013/05/non-compete-agreements-cant-be-used-to.html

Employees: You Have The Right To Say No http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/2013/03/employees-you-have-right-to-say-no.html

aoljobs AOL Jobs: Can You Be Fired For Calling In Sick – Even With A Doctor’s Note? http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2013/03/14/fired-missing-work-doctors-note/

NLRB Decision Means Delays, Not Employer Free-For-All http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/2013/02/nlrb-decision-means-delays-not-employer.html

Top 6 Reasons Why Employment Laws Are Good For White Guys http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/2013/02/top-6-reasons-why-discrimination-laws.html

My Employment Law Predictions for 2012 (Mostly) Come True: http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/2012/12/my-employment-law-predictions-for-2012.html

aoljobs AOL Jobs: Biggest Myths About Right-To-Work laws: http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2012/12/21/right-to-work-laws-myths-workers-rights/

aoljobs AOL Jobs: 9 Ways Your Employer Can Legally Spy On You http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2012/12/09/employer-spy-workers-legally-snoop/

aoljobs AOL Jobs: 8 Ways Employers Can Discriminate Against Workers – Legally http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2012/11/19/8-ways-employers-can-discriminate-against-workers-legally/

Next Avenue: What to Know Before You Get Fired Or Laid Off http://www.nextavenue.org/article/2012-10/what-know-you-get-fired-or-laid

aoljobs AOL Jobs: If The Office Is Closed Due To A Natural Disaster, Will I Be Paid? http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2011/08/23/if-the-office-is-closed-due-to-a-hurricane-am-i-entitled-to-be/

Why Did the Lawyer Put This in My Severance Agreement?: The Cooperation Clause http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/2012/10/why-did-lawyer-put-this-in-my-severance.html

aoljobs AOL Jobs: Seven Signs Of Discrimination Against Veterans At Work http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2012/09/27/7-signs-of-discrimination-against-veterans-at-work/

Employment Lawyers Want to Know: Debate Questions For the Candidates: http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/2012/09/employment-lawyers-want-to-know-debate.html

Groundbreaking Wage Theft Program Needs Modification http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/2012/09/ground-breaking-wage-theft-program.html

Business Insider: Five Things You Should Know Before You Sign That Severance Agreement http://www.businessinsider.com/do-you-need-a-severance-agreement-2012-9

Thompson’s ADA/FMLA Newsletter: The ADA-FMLA Minefield From Point A to Point B http://hr.complianceexpert.com/news/the-ada-fmla-minefield-from-point-a-to-point-b-1.62491

Why Did The Lawyer Put This In My Contract? Confidentiality Clause: http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/2012/09/why-did-lawyer-put-this-in-my-contract.html

Why Did The Lawyer Put This In My Contract? The Merger Clause http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/2012/08/why-did-lawyer-put-this-in-my-contract.html

aoljobs AOL Jobs: How Can I Get Paid For Overtime? http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2012/08/13/ask-a-lawyer-comp-time-holiday-pay-and-getting-paid-for-all-yo/

What You Don’t Know About The Minimum Wage Will Hurt America: http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/2012/08/what-you-dont-know-about-minimum-wage.html

Top 13 Things Not To Say To An Employment Lawyer: http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/2012/07/top-13-things-not-to-say-to-employment.html

aoljobs AOL Jobs: How Do I Prove I’m Paid Less Than My Male Coworkers: http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2012/07/25/how-do-i-prove-i-m-paid-less-than-my-male-coworkers/

Top Six Illegal Policies In Your Employee Handbook: http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/2012/07/top-six-illegal-policies-in-your.html

Can You Be Fired If You Are Sick After Your Vacation? http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/2012/07/can-you-be-fired-if-you-are-sick-after.html

Arizona Employers Want to Ask Employees About Sex Lives, Contraceptives: http://employeeatty.blogspot.nl/2012/06/arizona-employers-want-to-ask-employees.html

Transgendered Employees Are Protected Against Discrimination: http://employeeatty.blogspot.it/2012/06/transgendered-employees-are-protected.html

Can Your Boss Fire You For Taking Vacation?: http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/2012/06/can-your-boss-fire-you-for-taking.html

What The U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Doesn’t Want You To Know About Your Workplace Rights: http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/2012/05/what-us-chamber-of-commerce-doesnt-want.html