Melissa S. Zinkil

Melissa S. Zinkil

Melissa Zinkil focuses her practice on litigating labor and employment and complex commercial disputes in both state and federal court. She has experience defending employers with regard to claims brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII, the Florida Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Florida Private Whistleblower Act, as well as claims to enforce restrictive covenants in employment contracts. Melissa also has significant experience in advocating for corporate clients with regard to a variety of complex commercial matters, including consumer finance matters, contract disputes, and matters involving business torts.

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Employers Beware: SEC Continues Offensive on Employment Agreements That Inhibit Whistleblowers

Risk Alert (literally)! Standard provisions in employment agreements, severance agreements and policies may run afoul of the SEC’s whistleblower regulations. In the wake of several highly publicized enforcement actions by the SEC, on October 24, 2016 the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations issued a “Risk Alert” highlighting various contract and policy provisions the SEC has found to run afoul … Continue Reading

Employment Law Trends for 2015

Few can quibble with the fact that 2015 has been a busy year for employment law. From historic pronouncements of the Supreme Court concerning fundamental and civil rights, to the Department of Labor’s release of guidance to curb misclassification and proposed new regulations to update the Fair Labor Standards Act’s “white collar” exemptions, to the General Counsel of the National … Continue Reading

Employment Records Retention Requirements – What Employers Need To Know

Careful recordkeeping and retention practices in the employment context are required by various federal and state laws, not to mention, essential to protect an employer’s interests and limit its liability in the event of an investigation, claim, or lawsuit.

There are a myriad of federal statutes requiring that employers compile and retain employment related records.  These statutes include Title VII … Continue Reading

So You Extended an Employment Offer to the Ideal Applicant. Now What?

After months of sorting through applications, you find what appears to be the perfect applicant.  His application boasts excellent academic credentials, unmatched work experience, and countless awards and accolades.  His interview is “textbook,” and you are so excited that within minutes of him leaving your office you authorize the hiring manager to extend an employment offer, conditioned (thank goodness) on … Continue Reading

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