Guest Blogs

What Florida Businesses Should do to Prepare for ICE I-9 Audits

by Terin Barbas Cremer, Esq. As part of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) nationwide crackdown on immigration compliance the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been increasingly serving Florida businesses with Notices of Inspection (NOI). An NOI informs business owners that ICE will perform a comprehensive audit of their hiring records (Form I-9s […]

Leading with T.R.U.S.T.

by Gerri Vereen Trust is like the air we breathe. When it’s present, nobody really notices. But when it’s absent, everybody notices. –Warren Buffet Among all the attributes of the greatest leaders of our time, one stands above the rest: They are all highly trusted. You can have a compelling vision, rock-solid strategy, excellent communication skills, […]

The Power of Gender Diversity

by Gerri Vereen There are tons of research that shows the critical role women play in business and the dramatic difference they can make to the bottom line. In McKinsey’s 2017 study “Delivering through Diversity” (released in January 2018), the study builds on research from 2014 diversity data and shows that the impact of gender […]

Complaints? Hire a Third Party

Guest post by Terin Barbas Cremer, Esq. Workplace complaints happen every day – whether it’s sexual harassment or unequal pay or creating a hostile work environment. When employees bring concerns to their employers of potentially illegal behavior, or perhaps just behavior that not in line with the company’s values, the company’s decision of what to do […]

Freedom of Speech at Work?

Despite what you may have read in the news lately in stories surrounding the election or NFL player protests, the First Amendment does not provide a private employee with the right to free speech or freedom of expression at work. Rather, the Constitution’s right to free speech only applies to the government’s attempts to restrict […]

What is Resiliency?

When members bring challenging issues to our confidential Key Women’s Leadership Forums, they express a desire to be supported with tips and strategies on how to be more resilient through those times when life gets really prickly.  During these conversations, as facilitator, I have noticed that some people have a very narrow definition of resiliency. […]

#MeToo. Now What?

Guest post by Terin Barbas Cremer, Esq. On October 15, 2017, Actress Alyssa Milano’s “#MeToo” tweet brought the sexual harassment conversation into American homes and beyond. Women who had faced sexual harassment or assault were encouraged to tweet “#MeToo” to bring awareness to the magnitude of the problem. During the first 24 hours, #MeToo was tweeted […]