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Overview

Very strong knowledge of the law.

- Chambers USA 2017

Robert "Bob" S. Turk is a Shareholder in the Firm and the Chair of the Labor & Employment Department. He also serves as a member of the Firm's Board of Directors. He practices in the areas of employment litigation, wage and hour representation, supervisory training, employment audits, equal employment opportunity claims, affirmative action, union avoidance, wrongful discharge, employment and union contracts, trade secrets contracts, non-competition agreements, employment policies, drug-free workplace policies and representation of unionized employers in collective bargaining.

Bob is a past Chair of the Labor & Employment Law Section of The Florida Bar and a past President of the Academy of Florida Management Attorneys. He is actively involved with the South Florida Hospitality Human Resources Association. He also lectures regularly to various legal and business groups.

Representative Experience

  • Partners with clients on innovative changes to the workplace and restructuring of workforce.
  • Defends employers in federal and state court on claims including: race, sex, national origin, disability, religion, pregnancy, and other protected categories.
  • Defends employers in federal and state courts on wage and hour claims (individual and “class action”).
  • Defends employers in state and federal courts on breach of contract claims, state discrimination claims, whistleblower and workers’ compensation retaliation.
  • Defends employers before federal, state and local administrative enforcement agencies on a full range of employment-related claims.
  • Drafts handbook and workplace policies, counsels employers regarding policy implementation.
  • Regularly trains supervisors and employees on labor and employment laws and harassment-free workplace issues.
  • Advises employers on unions corporate campaigns and on obligations under the National Labor Relations Act, and represents employers before the National Labor Relations Board.
  • Negotiates collective bargaining agreements on behalf of employers in the hospitality, healthcare and services industries.
  • Song-writer: two “employment-related” song parodies (neither of which has made the pop charts).

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Academy of Florida Management Attorneys (AFMA), Charter Member,
    President 2011-2012
  • The Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center, President 2011-2014; Board of Directors 2003-2010, 2015, 2017-2019
  • The Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law Section: Member, 1978-Present; Chair, 2013-2014; Chair-Elect, 2012-2013; Secretary/Treasurer, 2011-2012; Legal Education Director 2010 - 2011; Executive Council, 1987-2001, 2008-2010, 2014-Present; Certification Committee, 2000-2003; Co-Chair, Wage and Hour Liaison Committee, 1994-1996; Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Liaison, Chair 1988-1991
  • Employment Law Alliance, Founding Member
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Committee, Member 1978-2009, 2016-Present
  • Florida International University, Council of 100, Member 1990-2001
  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Drug and Crime Prevention Legislative Committee, Chair 1989-1995
  • South Florida Hospitality Human Resources Association, Member 2001-Present
  • Coconut Grove Playhouse, Member, Board of Trustees 2000-2006

Recognition

  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business – Ranked # 1 in Employment Law, 2004-2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Miami Litigation - Labor & Employment Lawyer of the Year, 2012, 2016, 2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Miami Labor Law - Management Lawyer of the Year, 2015, 2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Miami Employment Law - Management Lawyer of the Year, 2014
  • The Best Lawyers in America®,  2006-2018
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2018
  • The College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, Fellow, 2016-Present
  • ALM – South Florida’s Top Rated Lawyer, Labor and Employment Law, 2013
  • South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyers in Labor and Employment," 2010-2012
  • South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyers in South Florida," 2005-2013
  • Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite, 2004-2006; 2010
  • South Florida Business Journal Key Partners Awards, Finalist Labor and Employment, 2008
  • South Florida Business Journal, "Heavy Hitter in Human Resources," 2004
  • Award of Excellence presented by The Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law Section 1992, 1993 and 2000
  • Recipient of The Florida Bar Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Labor and Employment Law Section Continuing Legal Education Program, 1992 and 2001
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Publications & Presentations

Events: NLRB Developments: A Year of Change
8th Annual South Florida's Premier Labor & Employment Law Conference|August 2018

Events: 15 Way to Ensure You Have the Perect Lousy Supervisor
Stearns Weaver Miller's 28th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar|April 2018

Events: Tips, Grats, Service Charges, Commissions, Overtime and Other Payroll Issues that Drive Hospitality Employers Crazy!
Hospitality Human Resources Association of Broward County |April 2018

Publications: REGISTRATION OPEN! 28th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar
BeLabor The Point Blog|March 2018

Publications: Restaurants and Hotels: Are We Reaching a “Tipping” Point on Tips?
BeLabor The Point Blog|December 2017

Publications: Florida employees: The good stand tall when bad things happen
Florida Employment Law Letter|October 2017

Publications: Recovering from Hurricanes Irma and Maria | How can we help?
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update |September 2017

Publications: Florida Employees: The Good Stand Tall When Bad Things Happen
BeLabor The Point Blog|September 2017

Publications: Top Takeaways from our 27th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar
BeLabor The Point Blog|May 2017

Events: The Crystal Ball Says…. Federal Agency Actions under the Trump Administration
Stearns Weaver Miller's 27th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar|May 2017

Events: The Multigenerational Workplace: Boomers, X’ers and Millennials-Who is Managing Whom?
Stearns Weaver Miller's 27th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar|May 2017

Events: The Employee Lifecycle: Legal Considerations for Hiring and Termination
The Rural Broadband Association 2016 Legal Seminar|October 2016

Publications: How Does the National Minimum Wage Drop 14.6% – Easy, Pass Brexit!
BeLabor The Point Blog |October 2016

Publications: A Penny For Your Thoughts ... A Nickel For Your Minimum Wage
BeLabor The Point Blog|October 2016

Events: Recognizing Pokémon Problems and Other Technology Pitfalls
South Florida Hospitality Human Resources Association|August 2016

Publications: There is a New EEOC “Sheriff” in Town!
BeLabor the Point Blog|July 2016

Publications: Top Takeaways from our 26th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar
BeLabor the Point Blog |June 2016

Events: We Got Game: Employment Law Learning from TV Shows of the Past
Stearns Weaver Miller's 26th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar|May 2016

Events: Advanced FLSA for Hospitality
Stearns Weaver Miller's 26th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar|May 2016

Publications: REGISTRATION OPEN! 26th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar
BeLabor the Point Blog |April 2016

Events: Attorney's Obligations in the Techno Age
The Florida Bar Labor & Employment Law Section Webinar|February 2016

Publications: Happy Holidays From Stearns Weaver Miller’s Labor & Employment Law Department!
BeLabor the Point Blog |December 2015

Events: Ban the Box
SMA South Florida (Society for Human Resource |November 2015

Publications: Employers Work to Limit Abusive Conduct, Bullying by Supervisors
Daily Business Review|July 2015

Publications: OMG! Your Policy Says What? Part 2
BeLabor the Point Blog |June 2015

Publications: TOP SECRET Takeaways from our 25th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar
BeLabor the Point Blog |May 2015

Events: “La Oficina de mi Jefe” - Dealing with Workplace Telenovelas
Stearns Weaver Miller’s 25th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar |May 2015

Publications: Unions’ Dream of “Quickie” Elections, Now a Reality
BeLabor the Point Blog |April 2015

Publications: REGISTRATION OPEN! 25th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar
BeLabor the Point Blog |February 2015

Publications: Pro Rata, Quid Pro Quo, Severance Agreement, Lawsuit – Uh-Oh!
BeLabor the Point Blog |November 2014

Publications: The Top HR “Need To Knows” About The Affordable Care Act
BeLabor the Point Blog |October 2014

Events: EEO Monopoly: An Employment Law Game Show
2014 Greater Miami Society for Human Resource Management GMSHRM Legal Update|September 2014

Events: 2014 Legal Update
South Florida Hospitality Human Resources Association Seminar|July 2014

Publications: Florida Legislative Development: Corporations For The “Socially-Minded”
BeLabor the Point Blog |July 2014

Events: Wage and Hour Traps: What Every Employer Needs to Stop Doing Now!
Association of Corporate Counsel Sports & Entertainment Committee Webcast|June 2014

Events: Interactive “Employment Discrimination – Do Juries Carry A Full Set of Clubs?”
Stearns Weaver Miller’s 24th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar|May 2014

Publications: Economic Impact of Sony Open Tennis in Miami
BeLabor the Point Blog |April 2014

Events: Ethical Issues in Hiring, Supervising and Parting Ways With Law Firm Employees
Martin County Bar Association|September 2013

Events: Employment Law Surprises: The 2013 Edition
Stearns Weaver Miller’s 23rd Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar|May 2013

Publications: Florida Employment Law Manual
Florida Chamber of Commerce|January 2013

Events: The Seven Most Intriguing Employment Issues for 2012
Stearns Weaver Miller’s 22nd Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar|May 2012

Events: Something Wicked This Way Comes: Why South Florida Hotels Need to Know What Is Happening at the NLRB and DOL in DC
South Florida Hospitality Human Resources Association|August 2011

Events: Legal Tips on Tip Credit, Tip Pooling and the Service Charge - Does Anybody Really Understand How to Pay from Gratuities?
Hospitality Human Resources Association of Broward County |August 2011

Events: Ethics Issues in Hiring, Supervising, and Parting Ways with Law Firm Employees
The Florida Bar 2011 Employment Law Overview for Law Firms and Law Practices|June 2011

Events: A New Declaration of Independence: Consultants, Contingent Workers, Leased Employees and Independent Contractors
Stearns Weaver Miller’s 21st Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar|May 2011

Events: HR Insights 2011: An Evolving World in HR
Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce |March 2011

Events: Jerks At Work: Dealing With Bullies, Bums And Baddies
Stearns Weaver Miller’s 20th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar|May 2010

Events: What's the New Miami-Dade Wage Theft Ordinance All About?
Webinar|March 2010

Events: Discrimination “Hot Spots
Labor and Employment Law Advanced Practices Symposium|November 2009

Events: The Deposition – What It Is, Why It Is, and Why HR Should Care About It
2009 Greater Miami Society for Human Resource Management GMSHRM Legal Update |September 2009

Publications: The Latest in Labor Law
Labor & Employment|June 2009

Events: Barack To The Future
Stearns Weaver Miller’s 19th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar |May 2009

Events: Meet Your New Business Partner... The Union!
Stearns Weaver Miller Labor & Employment Breakfast Series|October 2008

Events: Managers' Blunders and Bloopers - How to Avoid Costly Errors that Can Lead to Legal Liability
Greater Miami Society for Human Resource Management (GMSHRM)|July 2008

Events: The Top Ten Employment Laws Human Resources Professionals Do Not Believe Are True
Stearns Weaver Miller’s 18th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar|May 2008

Publications: South Florida Business Journal, Columnist
January 1991

Publications: Editorial Review Board Member
Florida Labor Law Newsletter|January 1991

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Newsroom

Firm Announcements: Our group is growing – Tampa here we come!
BeLabor The Point Blog|August 2017

Firm Announcements: Bob Turk Inducted As Fellow of The College of Labor & Employment Lawyers
BeLabor The Point Blog|December 2016

In the Media: BeLabor The Point Listed Among ABA's10th Annual Blawg 100
American Bar Association |December 2016

In the Media: Medical marijuana could cost employees their jobs
Sun Sentinel|October 2014

In the Media: Election Raises Hopes and Fears
South Florida Business Journal |November 2008

In the Media: New Trends in Employment Law
South Florida Business Journal|August 2008

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