Vero Beach Commercial Litigation Law Firm

Do you need an experienced Vero Beach commercial litigation attorney? If so, The White Law Group may be able to help.

The White Law Group has experience handling all types of commercial litigation matters, including business disputes, breach of contract, shareholder litigation, business fraud, real estate litigation, franchise litigation, consumer fraud, non-compete litigation, wrongful termination litigation, and construction litigation.

The firm handles commercial litigation matters throughout Vero beach and the Indian River County area, including handling business litigation matters in Fort Pierce, Sebastian, and Fellsmere.

If you have questions about a commercial litigation matter, please contact the Vero Beach commercial litigation attorneys at The White Law Group at 772-242-9330.

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Vero Beach Overtime Pay Attorney

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that non-exempt employees receive overtime pay equal to 1.5 x their regular hourly pay for any hours worked over 40 in a week (overtime). This can happen if employees work more than eight hours a day, or more than five days a week. While an employer may require employees to work overtime hours, according to the FLSA the employer must give the employee overtime pay. The FLSA also provides that overtime pay that has not been paid can still be collected up to two years from the date the pay was earned (and up to three years if the employer was consciously violating the law).

(1) Covered Employers

The FLSA’s overtime provisions do not apply to every company. Only companies whose gross receivables exceed $500,000 per year are required to pay overtime.

2) Exempt v. Non-Exempt

Employees An employee is entitled to overtime pay in the first week that he works more than 40 hours. However, the FLSA differentiates between “exempt” employees – employees that are not covered by the law – and “non-exempt” employees who are covered by the law. An employee who is paid by the hour and not by salary, is automatically non-exempt and is entitled to overtime pay for working more than 40 hours in a week. But one must actually be an employee and not an independent contractor (that is you must actually be an employee of the company and not be your own business doing work for the employer).

Generally, high paying executive, professional, or managerial jobs are exempt and therefore cannot get overtime pay. Executives are people who are officers of corporations or have a very high degree of responsibility. Professionals are usually people who have to have special educational achievements like, lawyers, architects, doctors, and teachers.

If you believe you have a claim for unpaid overtime, the attorneys of The White Law Group may be able to help. For a free consultation, please call 312/238-9650.

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Brokerage Firm Protocol for Broker Recruiting

In an effort to curb the litigation that occurs when financial advisors move from one broker-dealer to another, in 2004 three of the largest brokerage firms (Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, and UBS Financial Services formed the Protocol for Broker Recruiting (the “Protocol”).

The Protocol is an agreement among a group of securities industry competitors to refrain from enforcing non-competes against brokers who move between signatory firms. Since its implementation, many small and medium sized broker-dealers have embraced the Protocol, smoothing brokers’ transition from firm to firm.

In fact, membership in the Protocol includes almost 550 firms, including the majority of the largest wire houses. Most surprising though is the trend of smaller broker-dealers joining the Protocol to obtain the secondary benefit that the Protocol provides – protection and predictability when hiring financial advisors.

The Protocol is an agreement that essentially eliminates costly litigation by and between its participants. If a financial advisor leaves a member firm to join another member firm and follows the provisions set forth in the Protocol, there should not be any litigation against the broker or hiring firm. The provisions of the Protocol establish a procedure for transitioning between firms that, when followed, saves the recruit and his new firm from legal fees, an injunction, a possible damages award, and the uncertainty inherent in litigation.

Under the Protocol, prior to resigning, the financial advisor should prepare two lists: the first containing his or her customers’ names, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses and account types; the second containing all the information in the first, plus client account numbers.

The financial advisor must resign in writing to someone in management. When the financial advisor resigns, the advisor should provide the customer list containing the account numbers to someone in management with their resignation letter. Again, the list provided to management should include account numbers even though the list being taken does not. The financial advisor can then take the other list to their new firm and use it to solicit customers to transfer their accounts. The Protocol provides that only the financial advisor is permitted to use the list taken from the old firm.

If a firm participates in the Protocol and counsels its recruits (who must also be coming from a Protocol firm) to follow these procedures, neither the firm nor its recruit will have to contend with any lawsuits or liability for claims such as breach of a non-solicitation agreement or misappropriation of trade secrets. In addition to limiting the likelihood of litigation, the Protocol is intended to eliminate an injunction prohibiting the recruit from contacting his or her clients, as well as any claim for damages associated with the old firms loss of business when clients.

As such, the primary benefit of the Protocol is that is saves firms the expense of litigation, it eliminates the uncertainty for a financial advisor regarding whether the recruit will be subject to an injunction and it allows the recruit to solicit their customers to transfer their accounts to his/her new firm.

Although the Protocol does eliminate certain litigation claims associated with broker movement, it does not eliminate all potential litigation. Litigation associated with one broker moving to a new firm includes: pre-resignation solicitation, claims for amounts due under promissory notes, claims for training costs, claims for violations of the Protocol, and raiding claims arising from group hires.

The onus is now on the hiring manager to make sure the financial advisor being recruited understands the Protocol and follows it to the letter.

If you are a financial advisor involved in litigation as a result of your alleged failure to follow the Protocol, the securities attorneys of The White Law Group may be able to help.

The White Law Group, LLC is a employment and securities employment law firm with offices in Vero Beach, Florida.  The firm represents financial advisors in various employment related matters throughout Indian River County and the nation.

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Vero Beach FLSA Attorney

Do you believe that your employer has violated the Fair Labor Standards Act? If so, The White Law Group may be able to help.

The Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 U.S.C. § 201 et seq. (“FLSA”) contains provisions setting the federal minimum wage. The FLSA also contains provisions which define the payment of time and a half, commonly referred to as overtime. Generally, employers must pay non-exempt hourly employees overtime for all hours worked in excess of forty in one work week.

If your employer has violated the FLSA, the employer may be subject to either an individual or class civil action in federal court. Under the FLSA, an employee can collect unpaid wages for the period of two years preceding the filing of a complaint. If the employer knew of the violation and committed the violation willfully, the employer can recover one additional year of unpaid wages. Further, an employee is entitled to recover an amount equal to the unpaid wages in liquidated damages, as well as reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs.

To speak with a Vero Beach FLSA attorney regarding your legal rights, please contact The White Law Group at 772-242-9330 for a free consultation.

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