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Mississippi’s S.A.F.E. Mortgage Act (“SAFE Act”) was scheduled to be repealed on July 1, 2016. On April 6, 2016, Governor Bryant approved Senate Bill 2504 (“S.B. 2504”), which reenacts the SAFE Act and makes a number of substantive changes to the requirements under the SAFE Act that may be of interest to residential mortgage lenders, originators, brokers, and servicers doing business in Mississippi. These changes are effective July 1, 2016.
6/28/2016
On July 1, 2016 House Bill 535 will become effective. It was unanimously approved by the House and Senate, signed by the Governor, and significantly affects many facets of the Construction Industry.
6/20/2016
After months of advancing the need for change, Citizens Property Insurance Corporation scored a big win recently that just might be an effective way to avoid increasing the backlog of litigation that’s been brimming with fraudulent third-party claims for “emergency repair” services. The problem stems from Assignment of Benefits (AOB) lawsuits, which have proliferated to the point where they have caused insurance rates to surge.
6/2/2016
The U.S. Department of Labor has issued the much-anticipated update to the FLSA overtime regulations. The new rules take effect on December 1, 2016. The final salary threshold rule is slightly lower than the Department’s proposal but still doubles the salary threshold for executive, administrative, and professional exemptions, raising the threshold from $23,660 to $47,476 a year, or from $455 to $913 a week.
5/19/2016
As the familiar phrase goes, “what you see isn’t always what you get.” For Florida voters, that may very well be the case this November, as two competing groups work to persuade voters to either cement—or modify—current solar energy policy in Florida.
5/9/2016
In a connected world, sound information security practices are crucial for every employee of a business. Even a single simple lapse in judgment, like clicking on a link in a “phishing” email, can put all computer networks- and the sensitive information stored on them- at risk.
4/28/2016
"After Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez, Can a Complete Settlement Offer Moot a Potential Class Action?" - Washington Legal Foundation, author: Adams and Reese attorney Christopher A. Roach, April 2016
4/22/2016
In the most recent chapter of the Rosenberg involuntary bankruptcy, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has held that when a case “arising under” the Bankruptcy Code is tried by the District Court, the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure govern. Rosenberg v. DVI Receivables XIV, LLC, No. 14-14620 (11th Cir. April 8, 2016).
4/13/2016
On March 25, 2016, OSHA published new rules that will impact the way employers handle silica exposure in the workplace. One rule covers General Industry and Maritime and the other covers Construction. Both rules go into effect 90 days after publication- June 23, 2016.
3/30/2016
Landowners, lenders, contractors and title agents should familiarize themselves with the new requirements. Land title surveys are performed for a number of reasons by land owners, purchasers and lenders. The surveys generally: confirm the validity of the legal description of the property; identify the relationship of the property to adjoining properties; confirm the relationship of the recorded description of the property lines to the measured description of the property lines; identify the location of buildings and other improvements; and identify the location of easements or rights set out in recorded documents and by an inspection of the property which may reveal matters not of record.
3/16/2016