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The House Health & Human Services Committee passed House Bill 7113 by Representative Jason Brodeur (R-Sanford) after adopting a strike all amendment that includes provisions on health care topics previously addressed in separate bills.
4/14/2014
Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit upheld a class action waiver in an arbitration clause, compelling employees who had attempted to bring a collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act to arbitrate their claims on an individual basis.
4/9/2014
In a decision sure to send huge ripples throughout the world of collegiate sports—and elsewhere—the National Labor Relations Board’s Chicago office sided with football players at Northwestern University who said they were employees and deserve to have a union if they want one.
3/28/2014
On March 12, 2014, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) convened a meeting to gather information about the growing use of social media and how it impacts the laws that the agency enforces. Of particular interest to this panel which consisted of top EEOC lawyers, private labor lawyers and a state legislative director for the Society for Human Resource Management (“SHRM”) was the potential for misuse of social media sites, which could conceivably lead to discrimination or harassment claims.
3/26/2014
Golf course lenders, bankruptcy and appellate courts around the country have consistently held that a properly-perfected mortgage or security interest in golf course revenues, including cart rentals and green fees, is not sufficient to grant the lender an interest in the golf course’s “cash collateral” if the business ends up in bankruptcy.
3/25/2014
For a variety of reasons, both economic and non-economic, employers have relied more and more heavily on independent contractors and temporary workers. Temporary workers being employees of temporary agencies, staffing companies and staff leasing services (“temporary employers”), as opposed to employees hired on a temporary or seasonal basis.
3/17/2014
Florida’s Condominium Statutes provide unit owners with express statutory warranties from a Project Developer and Contractors that perform construction services. See F.S. 713.203. Such warranties have been the source of much litigation in Florida over construction defects.
3/7/2014
Interest in the EB-5 financing program has increased exponentially in the past year and is being explored by many developers and businesses in the United States as an alternative to traditional financing sources.
3/7/2014
Heralded by debtor’s attorneys as “a wonderful loophole” in the Bankruptcy Code, a debtor who has primarily business, rather than consumer, debts can qualify for a speedy Chapter 7 discharge despite a high earning capacity that would permit the debtor to repay some, or even all, of her debt.
2/20/2014
The Obama administration has partially delayed implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) “employer mandate” for a second time. The Treasury Department issued final regulations on February 10 giving medium-sized employers an extra year to become compliant with the employer provisions under the ACA.
2/17/2014
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