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August 2019 Archives

Obtenga una visa de inmigración a los Estados Unidos Comprando un Negocio

Una de las formas más fáciles para que un ciudadano extranjero inmigre a los Estados Unidos es mediante la compra de un negocio en el país, particularmente si el ciudadano extranjero es ciudadano de una nación que tiene un tratado con los Estados Unidos, como Argentina, Italia, Colombia y Honduras entre otros. El Departamento de Estado Norteamericano publica una lista de países que tienen un tratado con los EE. UU., que se puede encontrar aquí: Treaty Countries.

Automobile Salespersons are Entitled to Overtime Compensation

Every now and then we are asked whether or not automobile salespersons are entitled to overtime compensation.  The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) answered that question in the affirmative several years ago in an action the DOL brought against Plattner Automotive Group, which operates 11 dealerships in the State of Florida.  The Department of Labor determined that the company had violated provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). One of the points stressed by the DOL in that case was that while there is an overtime exemption for commissioned automobile salespersons, such salespersons must still be paid at least the federal minimum wage for all of the hours that they work.

Florida False Claims Act may be a Remedy for Employees that are Faced with doing Employer's Bad Deeds

Under the Florida False Claims Acts, if an employee becomes aware that his or her employer has filed a false claim to a governmental agency, that employee may file a lawsuit and be awarded as much as 25 to 30 percent of the amount recovered. There is also a federal False Claims Act that covers federal false claims. For example, if an employee is required to submit a false time card or false report (e.g., an insurance report) to a state or federal agency under which the employer has a contract to provide products or services, the employee may sue under the applicable Florida or federal False Claims Act and will be awarded compensation. These laws are meant to assist the government in recovering money that is stolen by government contractors. The lawsuits are called "Qui Tam" lawsuits, which is short for "Qui tam pro domino rege quam pro se ipso," a Latin phrase which means "He who sues on behalf of the King, also sues for himself as well."

Who Wins the Battle of the Pre-Printed Forms?

Many small and medium-sized business owners use preprinted purchase orders, order acknowledgments or delivery receipt forms. Many of these forms can be obtained on the internet. However, while convenient, the forms are dangerous to use. Many of the preprinted forms obtain on the internet or from forms providers come with detailed legal terms written in small print on the back of the form. This is usually called "boilerplate language." However, it can get the user in trouble if not used properly.

La Significancia del Franchise Disclosure Document

El Franchise Disclosure Document (o documento de divulgación de franquicia) (FDD) es un documento legal que se proporciona al franquiciado con respecto a la información de divulgación relacionada con el funcionamiento de una franquicia. El franquiciado es aquel que tiene la intención de comprar una franquicia. Las franquicias que operan en los Estados Unidos están parcialmente reguladas por la Federal Trade Commission (Comisión Federal de Comercio) (FTC). La FTC establece que se deben cumplir ciertos criterios para garantizar que las franquicias proporcionen a los posibles franquiciados (compradores potenciales) toda la información necesaria necesaria para que la persona tome una decisión bien informada sobre si o no para convertirse en franquiciado en la empresa.

A Mandatory Gratuity or Service Charge is Not a Tip and Need Not be Shared with Employees

As many people know, under the Fair Labor Standards Act, persons who work for tips are called tipped employees and the employer may pay such employees less than the required minimum wage. For a the employer, this is called the "tip credit."  This applies to most restaurant employees, such as waiters, bussers, etc. However, the law also states that such employees must be able to keep all of the tips received and the employer cannot keep any portion of those tips.