‘Tis The Season To Avoid Workplace Legal Troubles, Part 1

Michael T. Landen and Lisa J. Jerles

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MIchael T. Landen

The holidays are among us, which means employees can look forward to company holiday parties to celebrate another successful year with their firm or companies. Unfortunately, the holiday season can also result in legal issues for both employers and employees, which may arise from seemingly harmless activities.

Holiday Parties

Holiday parties are a positive way to promote a healthy, collaborative and comfortable working environment. Many employers strive to create a family-friendly environment in the workplace, and the holiday party is an effective way for employees to get to know one another outside of the office. The goal, however, is that employees do not become too comfortable in their surroundings and forego company policies, potentially bringing unwarranted legal claims to the company.

Lisa Jerles

Lisa Jerles

According to a recent study by the Society for Human Resource Management, approximately 65 percent of companies are having a holiday party, of which 59 percent plan to serve alcohol. Alcohol can increase the chances of a legal issue arising from drunk driving, sexual harassment or worker’s compensation due to an injury. But by planning ahead, employers can take steps to mitigate issues that may arise from alcohol consumption at the office holiday party.

Read more in Part 2: http://bit.ly/1S7dVQ1 

Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine Partners Named “Super Lawyers” 2014

 A dozen of our attorneys have been selected as top legal practitioners by Super Lawyers. Outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas, who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, are named Super Lawyers each year. Kluger Kaplan was also ranked in the “Top 100” law firms in Florida.  The selection process is competitive and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Kudos to the following attorneys:

Rising Stars                                                 Super Lawyers

– Jeffrey Berman                                            – Deborah Chames
Casey Cusick                                              – Abbey Kaplan
– Jorge Delgado                                             – Bruce Katzen
– Lisa Jerles                                                   – Alan Kluger
Justin Kaplan                                               – Todd Levine
– Richard Segal                                              – Steve Silverman

 

As South Florida’s Economy Rebounds, What We Learned in the Courtroom

By Todd A. Levine and Lisa J. Jerles

Prior to the 2008 recession, the South Florida skyline was teeming with cranes as the real estate market boomed.  But then the newly or partially completed projects remained empty as developers and brokers were unable to sell residential and commercial properties and projects.  With the entire real estate community reeling, brokers, developers, lenders, investors and buyers and sellers often turned to the courthouse to resolve issues that emerged as the South Florida real estate market was plummeting.   As we emerge from the recession, a review of the events of the past few years may help to avoid future litigation.

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Kluger Kaplan Sponsors Miami Children’s Museum Not-So-Scary Family Halloween Bash

On Sunday, hundreds of children and their families visited the Miami Children’s Museum to participate in the third annual Not-So-Scary Family Halloween Bash.  All proceeds from the event supported the museum’s education programming.  Kluger Kaplan was thrilled to be a third-time sponsor of this spectacular event.  Kluger Kaplan associates Christina Echeverri and Lisa Jerles were members of the planning committee that organized the festivities.

“This event is such a great way for Miami residents to partake in the great programming that the Miami Children’s Museum offers while also supporting a great cause,” Echeverri said, “Kluger Kaplan is thrilled to be a continuous supporter of the museum.”