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Monday, November 20, 2017

U.S. News & World Report Best Lawyers® - 2018 Awards

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT BEST LAWYERS® - 2018 BEST LAW FIRMS

Metropolitan Tier 1 – Orlando: Litigation-Environmental & Environmental Law

Metropolitan Tier 3 – Orlando: Employment Law-Management

Rory C. Ryan

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT BEST LAWYERS® - 2018

Litigation – Environmental (2011-2018)

Environmental Law (2009-2018)

Cynthia Brennan Ryan

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT BEST LAWYERS® - 2018

Litigation – Labor and Employment (2018)

Employment Law – Management (2017-2018)


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Friday, August 12, 2016

Cindy Ryan named 2017 Best Lawyer for Employment Law-Management By US News & World Report

Cindy Ryan was named 2017 Best Lawyer for Employment Law-Management By US News & World Report.
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Friday, August 12, 2016

Rory Ryan named 2017 Best Lawyer for Litigation-Environmental & Environmental Law

 Rory Ryan was named 2017 Best Lawyer for Litigation-Environmental & Environmental Law.
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Monday, August 1, 2016

“Is Your Business Ready for the New Salary and Overtime Rules,” Orlando Business Journal

In an article published on July 28, 2016 by the Orlando Business Journal, Cynthia Brennan Ryan provides insight on changes to the new salary and overtime rules, effective December 1.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Florida Expressly Prohibits Pregnancy Discrimination

Beginning July 1, 2015, a bill signed into law by Governor Scott became effective, extending the protections in the Florida Civil Rights Act to include pregnancy.

Prior to this new law, the Florida Civil Rights Act expressly prohibited discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap or marital status.  Some courts, however, had interpreted the reference to “sex” to include conditions unique to sex, such as pregnancy.  For example, in April 2014, the Florida Supreme Court ruled discrimination on the basis of pregnancy was prohibited by virtue of the existing prohibition on the basis of sex, noting that pregnancy is unique to one sex.  This ruling settled any doubt as to whether Florida law protected pregnant women from employment discrimination on the basis of pregnancy.  By enacting this new law, Florida has now formally codified the body of cases that previously recognized this protection for pregnant women.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Cynthia Brennan Ryan and Rory Ryan were chosen by their peers as Florida Legal Elite 2015 by Florida Trend magazine and as Florida Super Lawyers 2015 by Super Lawyers Magazine.

The Legal Elite selection process begins with inviting all members of the Florida Bar to provide the names of Florida lawyers they hold in the highest regard—lawyers they have worked with personally or would recommend to others.  The votes were tallied by an independent research firm, and a Blue Ribbon Panel of prominent lawyers reviewed the list of attorneys who garnered the most votes.  Those making the Legal Elite represent approximately the top 2% of the active Florida Bar members who practice in Florida.

The Super Lawyers process of selecting its top final 5% of attorneys begins with nominations from peer attorneys.  An independent third-party then researches across 12 categories and candidates are reviewed by attorneys who received the highest totals from each category.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Cynthia Brennan Ryan and Rory Ryan were chosen by their peers as Florida Legal Elite 2014 by Florida Trend magazine and as Florida Super Lawyers 2014 by Super Lawyers Magazine.

The Legal Elite selection process begins with inviting all members of the Florida Bar to provide the names of Florida lawyers they hold in the highest regard—lawyers they have worked with personally or would recommend to others.  The votes were tallied by an independent research firm, and a Blue Ribbon Panel of prominent lawyers reviewed the list of attorneys who garnered the most votes.  Those making the Legal Elite represent approximately the top 2% of the active Florida Bar members who practice in Florida.

The Super Lawyers process of selecting its top final 5% of attorneys begins with nominations from peer attorneys.  An independent third-party then researches across 12 categories and candidates are reviewed by attorneys who received the highest totals from each category.   


Friday, September 13, 2013

American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell(tm), selected Rory Ryan as a '2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Energy/Environmental.

Rory Ryan has been selected as a '2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Energy/Environmental.


Thursday, May 9, 2013

NEW Form I-9 for Employers

Be in Compliance with the New Government Form!

Since enactment of the Immigration and Reform Control Act of 1986, employers have been required to verify an employee’s identity and authority to work in the United States.  To do so, employers have completed the familiar Form I-9 for all newly hired employees.  While there have been some changes to the form in past years, the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, has recently issued a newly revised version of the familiar USCIS Form I-9.  

The revised version of Form I-9 became effective March 8, 2013 and includes significantly increased instructions and explanation.  The new form should be used for all newly hired employees (although there was a transition period allowing continued use of the prior version of the form up until May 7, 2013).  Failure to use or properly complete the correct form may subject employers to penalties.  

Form I-9 must be completed by all newly hired employees no later than the first day of employment and employers have 3-days to review and verify the documentation submitted by employees for that purpose.  

Additionally, record retention requirements continue to apply to all completed Form I-9s.  For instance, employers are required to keep all completed Form I-9s for the duration of an employee’s employment and for an employee whose job terminates, employers must also continue to keep the employee’s Form I-9 for three years after the date of hire or for one year after the date of job termination, whichever date is later in time.  Further, it is advisable to keep Form I-9s separate from the personnel files to reduce risk of improper use and for ease of access in the event of an I-9 audit by a government agency, as audits have been on the rise in recent years.  For example, Form I-9s may be maintained in a separate log or file; typically one for current employees and a separate one for terminated employees.

For additional information, contact Cynthia B. Ryan at cryan@ryan-law.com or 407-359-0403.

Click here for the new I-9 Form


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