Blogs

South Florida Trial Practice
To successfully navigate South Florida’s court system, it’s key to have a trusted team of experienced trial litigators to help you tackle complex legal issues throughout the region. Dori is the editor and a regular contributor to the South Florida Trial Practice blog. She posts on topics related to employment discrimination and harassment, including new court decisions and legislation, compliance, best practices, interesting trends in workplace relations and employment-related issues affecting Florida employers.

In the Weeds
Dori is a frequent contributor to In the Weeds, a blog that aims to help keep today’s cannabis entrepreneur well-informed.

Recent Blog Posts

  • Palm Beach County Expands Coverage of its Equal Employment Ordinance As of January 12, 2021, Palm Beach County’s equal employment ordinance has been amended to cover smaller businesses.    Companies in Palm Beach County with between 5 and 14 employees (Federal and State civil rights acts normally cover companies with 15 or more employees) will now have to comply with the County’s equal employment ordinance. Palm Beach County’s equal employment ordinance is also broader than the Florida Civil Rights Act and covers discrimination based on an individual’s race, color, religion, sex,... More
  • EEOC Issues COVID19 Vaccine Guidance While it likely will be some time before most working age Floridians can get a COVID19 vaccine, since the roll out has been nothing but chaos, employers should start to thinking about their vaccine plan.   The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued guidelines for COVID19 vaccines in late December 2020. Please see this helpful alert for more information.... More
  • Will the COVID19 Pandemic Slow Down Florida’s $15 Minimum Wage Roll Out? As I previously posted , Florida’s new $15 minimum wage (passed by voters) has to go through a legislative implementation process which may exclude certain businesses or certain employees. And, I’m already hearing news that small businesses and business lobby groups are pushing back on Amendment 2 due to the COVID19 pandemic.  Specifically, businesses are arguing that because of COVID19 closures and restrictions on operations, in addition to high unemployment in Florida, any increase in minimum wage pursuant to Amendment 2... More
  • Florida’s Minimum Wage Increases on Jan. 1, 2021 I recently posted about Florida’s new minimum wage law, passed by voters as Amendment 2 during the November 2020 general election.  As I noted in my earlier post, Amendment 2 (which calls for a gradual increase to a $15 minimum wage in Florida) is supposed to begin with an increase to a $10 minimum wage beginning on September 30, 2021.  Please note that Florida’s legislature will create regulations to implement Amendment 2 which may change who is covered by same. As a... More
  • Florida Voters Approve $15 Minimum Wage Florida voters once again showed their approval for a progressive ballot initiative.  Florida’s Amendment 2, which proposed a gradual increase of Florida’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, received more than 60% approval by voters and therefore passed on November 3, 2020.  Amendment 2 received 60.8% of the vote, which was considerably more than President Trump who received 51.2% voter approval in Florida. Florida’s Amendment 2 will increase Florida’s minimum wage from $8.56 an hour to $10 an hour beginning on... More
  • Florida’s COVID19 Eviction/Foreclosure Moratorium is Lifted As of October 1, 2020, the eviction/foreclosure ban in place since April has been lifted by Florida’s Governor.   See my post for more.   Dori K. Stibolt is a partner with the law firm of Fox Rothschild LLP.  Dori defends and counsels management in labor and employment litigation matters pertaining to wage and overtime claims, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, leave/restraint, and whistle-blower claims.  You can contact Dori at 561-804-4417 or [email protected]  ... More
  • Florida Eviction Restrictions Extended for Another Month Governor Ron DeSantis has extended his narrowed eviction/foreclosure ban, due to COVID19 for another month.  See my post for more.   Dori K. Stibolt is a partner with the law firm of Fox Rothschild LLP.  Dori defends and counsels management in labor and employment litigation matters pertaining to wage and overtime claims, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, leave/restraint, and whistle-blower claims.  You can contact Dori at 561-804-4417 or [email protected]  ... More
  • Florida Issues Regulations for Cannabis Edibles Florida finally issues regulations that permit the sale of edible cannabis products.  See my post at Fox’s In the Weeds. Dori K. Stibolt is a partner with the law firm of Fox Rothschild LLP.  Dori defends and counsels management in labor and employment litigation matters pertaining to wage and overtime claims, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, leave/restraint, and whistle-blower claims.  You can contact Dori at 561-804-4417 or [email protected] ... More
  • Florida Issues Regulations to Allow Sales of Edible Cannabis Products Florida has issued regulations to permit and allow the sale of edible cannabis products.  See this alert for more information.  ... More
  • Florida Extends, But Narrows, Eviction Moratorium Governor  Ron DeSantis has extended, but narrowed, the eviction/foreclosure ban related to COVID-19.  See my post for more. Dori K. Stibolt is a partner with the law firm of Fox Rothschild LLP.  Dori defends and counsels management in labor and employment litigation matters pertaining to wage and overtime claims, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, leave/restraint, and whistle-blower claims.  You can contact Dori at 561-804-4417 or [email protected] ... More
  • As COVID19 Cases Spike in Florida Three South Florida Counties Step Back on Reopening With dramatic increases in COVID19 cases in Florida, three counties in South Florida (Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe) have modified or rolled back their reopening plan.  See my post for more. Dori K. Stibolt is a partner with the law firm of Fox Rothschild LLP.  Dori defends and counsels management in labor and employment litigation matters pertaining to wage and overtime claims, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, leave/restraint, and whistle-blower claims.  You can contact Dori at 561-804-4417 or [email protected] ... More
  • NJ Employers May Have to Cover Medical Marijuana Reimbursement for Those on Workers’ Compensation See this post by Fox’s Kenneth A Rosenberg and Nicole D. Espin regarding recent developments in workers’ compensation law in New Jersey. Two recent developments may lead to New Jersey employers being required to reimburse the cost of medical marijuana for workers’ compensation recipients. In a case of first impression, New Jersey’s Appellate Division, in Vincent Hager v. M&K Construction, affirmed a July 2018 order handed down by a workers’ compensation judge requiring an employer to reimburse the cost of medical marijuana used... More
  • Florida Rolls Out New CBD Regulations in 2020 See this post by Dori K. Stibolt regarding the new regulations governing CBD in Florida.... More
  • Florida Approves Smokable Medical Marijuana Florida Governor Ron De Santis signed SB182 into law yesterday.  SB182 redefines medical use of marijuana to include possession, use or administration of marijuana in the form of smoking. The new law also triggered the dismissal of an appellate court action regarding the constitutionality of Florida’s medical marijuana law which previously banned the smoking of medical marijuana. Notwithstanding the new law legalizing smokable medical marijuana it will take time for dispensaries to start selling it, since the Florida Department of Health will have to institute... More
  • Big Changes on the Horizon for Medical Marijuana in Florida Despite the fact that oral arguments were just held in the appellate case involving the State of Florida’s appeal of a court decision legalizing smoking medical marijuana, new Florida Governor has announced and hinted at big changes to Florida’s regulatory and legal structure for medical marijuana. First, Gov. De Santis recently stated that he wants Florida’s legislature to strip the ban on smoking from the medical marijuana law, but if that doesn’t happen he will drop the State’s appeal of a... More
  • Oral Arguments Held in Florida’s Medical Marijuana Smoking Case Despite the rumor that Florida’s new governor (Ron De Santis) will be friendlier to medical marijuana than Rick Scott, oral arguments were held earlier this week and the attorneys representing the State of Florida vigorously argued to uphold the current smoking ban.  Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers had previously agreed with the plaintiffs and struck down the smoking ban, but her decision had been stayed after the State of Florida appealed. During oral argument, the appellate panel of judges raised... More
  • Florida Court Ruling Dismantles Restrictive Medical Marijuana License Law Florida’s medical marijuana regulations and laws have been the subject of repeated litigation ever since Amendment Two was passed by voters in 2016.  A recent Florida Court Opinion has ruled in favor of Plaintiffs seeking to expand Florida’s restrictive vertical license law (which requires the license holder to grow, distribute and sell medical marijuana). Leon County Circuit Judge Charles Dodson ruled that the cap on the number of “medical marijuana treatment centers, (MMTC)” ran afoul of Amendment Two which had no... More
  • Changes in Florida’s Medical Marijuana Leadership See this post by Dori K. Stibolt regarding the abrupt resignation of the Director of Florida’s Office of  State of Florida’s Medical Marijuana Use.... More
  • Florida Medical Marijuana – Citrus Preference Licensing Litigation Florida’s citrus industry has been ailing and declining for years.  Florida’s recent medical marijuana regulations were designed to help, in part, by providing two medical marijuana licenses for the citrus industry to switch from growing oranges to marijuana. As I’ve posted before, Florida medical marijuana licensing regulations have been the subject of repeated litigation challenges.  See posts here, here and here.  Now, the most recent challenge involves this citrus preference rule. Louis Del Favero Orchids (“Orchids”) is challenging the rule.  The orchid company argues that the rule... More
  • Breaking News – Florida’s Ban on Smoking Cannabis is Ruled Unconstitutional After a closely watched one day trial last week, Judge Karen Gievers issued a 22 page Order and Final Judgment.  Judge Gievers found that the legislation which implemented Amendment 2 (medical marijuana) is unconstitutional because it conflicts with the language of the constitutional amendment itself. Section 381.986, Florida Statutes (2017) unconstitutionally restricts rights that are protected in the [Florida] Constitution, and so the statutory prohibition against the use of smokeable marijuana permitted by [a] qualifying patient is declared invalid and unenforceable. Qualifying patients... More