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Here there be Zika dragons - but how brave do employees have to be? p3

The Zika virus has been spread quickly, first through South America, then through Central America and Mexico -- with the United States, 36 countries in all. Of the 84 cases confirmed for the U.S., 24 have been in Florida. Not only are Floridians mobile, but we are a major gateway for travelers to the Americas and the Caribbean.

What is wrongful termination?

If you lost your job in a way that seems unfair, you may be wondering if you have a wrongful termination case. In reality, unless you have an employment contract, your employment is more than likely "at will." This means your employer can fire you at any time and for almost any reason -- or for no reason.

Here there be Zika dragons - but how brave do employees have to be? p2

Within days of our Feb. 11 post, three new cases of the Zika virus were confirmed in Florida, bringing the total to 24. Health authorities stress that all incidences were related to travel, none of the patients contracted the virus in Florida, and no pregnant women are among the infected. The numbers may be increasing, but the trend is not expected to last: According to ABC News, the World Health Organization believes that new infections will be "way down" before the Olympics open in Rio de Janeiro in August.

Here there be Zika dragons - but how brave do employees have to be?

As quickly as the Zika virus is spreading, public health officials and businesses are struggling to keep up with warnings and policy changes. The Florida Surgeon General and Secretary of Health has issued a public health emergency for seven counties to date -- Broward, Hillsborough, Lee, Miami-Dade, Osceloa, Santa Rosa and St. Johns -- following 16 confirmed cases of the virus in the state. But what does that mean?

What is your company's HR department working on this year?

We came across an article recently that was, on its face, directed at employers. The author was alerting company operations managers and human resource professionals to key employment law issues that might be coming up during 2016. This got us to thinking: Not every employer has the resources to monitor trends and to anticipate changes to, for example, wage and hour laws. There are employers, too, that are reluctant to adapt, unhappy with the legal landscape that has evolved over the past couple of years.

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