Monthly Archives: March 2017

  • Concussions and Youth Sports

    Youth sports have always been a great outlet for kids. Most people have at least one fond childhood memory of playing a youth sport. However, while kids should have the opportunity to play sports, efforts need to be taken to make sure they are safe when they play. This is particularly the case when it comes to preventing brain injury.

    Concussions have unfortunately become fairly common in youth sports. In fact, they are the second most common youth sports injury.

    Concussions can be a serious health problem if not properly treated. Concussions are caused by an electrical surge which can occur in the brain when it comes to a stop quickly, like from a head impact. Doctors treat concussions through having patients rest and avoid activities which could risk further injuring the brain.

    Thus, it is important for concussions in youth athletes to be spotted quickly, so as to avoid further injury. When a child is suspected to have a concussion, they should see a medical professional. Also, it is important for youth who suffer a concussion to not be allowed to start athletic activity again until they are cleared by a doctor.

    Concussions can also pose long term problems. This is particularly the case when one suffers multiple concussions, as this could possibly lead to permanent brain injury. This is why it is not only important to increase efforts to spot and treat concussions in youth athletes, but to take measures to prevent them from occurring.

    Thankfully, as concussion risk in youth sports has increased, so too has concussion awareness. However, organizations and schools need to be careful not to rest on their laurels when it comes to youth concussions. While good steps in concussion awareness and prevention have been taken, further action should be taken to try to reduce the risk of serious injury children face when they play organized sports.

  • About the Employment Firm

    The Law Offices., is engaged exclusively in the practice of labor and Norfolk employment law, with a concentration in the areas of unpaid minimum wages and overtime compensation.

    The number of lawsuits seeking recovery of unpaid wages and overtime compensation pursuant to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act has increased dramatically in recent years. This trend will likely be enhanced in the State of Florida as a result of the 2004 passage of a an Amendment to the Florida Constitution which increased the State minimum wage to $6.15, with potential for future inflation based increases (currently $6.40). Our mission is to assist employees in recovering unpaid wages and overtime compensation, and helping employers comply with federal and state wage laws.

    The “Overtime Puzzle”
    Most employees and employers are aware of the general requirement that “non-exempt” employees be paid time and one-half when they work more than 40 hours in a workweek. However, the determination of whether an employee is exempt is one of the most complicated puzzles in employment law. In 2004, the Department of Labor attempted to clarify these issues by implementing the new “Fair Pay” regulations. Nonetheless, determining which employees fall within the various exemptions remains a complicated task that employees, employers, lawyers and courts will likely struggle with for years to come.

    Other Wage Claims
    In addition to claims for unpaid minimum wages and overtime compensation, the firm regularly handles claims for unpaid wages arising from breaches of employment contracts and the failure to pay wages, commissions and/or accrued paid time off benefits upon termination of employment.

    Our Mission
    Our main goal is to remain on the cutting-edge of the developing law relating to unpaid wages and overtime compensation. In addition to representing employers and employees in lawsuits arising in this area, the attorneys of the firm and its affiliate offices’ attorneys frequently provide instruction to employees, employers and other attorneys. In doing so, the firm and its affiliate offices are able to provide efficient, creative and effective representation of both individual and corporate clients. We welcome you to contact us, and to use this site, including the Free Overtime Quiz, as a resource.