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California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018

Similar in spirit to the General Data Privacy Regulation (“GDPR”), which recently went into effect in the European Union, the Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“the Act”) in California seeks to provide consumers with rights in relation to their personal information.  The Act, passed in late June 2018, is scheduled to go into effect on […]

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Positive Drug Tests in U.S. Workers

According to the recently released 2017 Drug Testing Index by Quest Diagnostics, positive tests for illegal drugs in the American workforce have stayed at their highest level in more than a decade. Analysis of more than 10 million drug test results have found that 4.2 percent of the U.S. workforce tested positive for the second […]

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Hurricane Safety Provisions

As the most active months of hurricane season approach, it is important to review your company’s protocols and procedures should a storm make landfall near one of your jobsites. Many Florida counties and municipalities have statutory requirements for ensuring the safety and security of active construction sites in the event of a hurricane – most […]

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Employee Leasing Arrangements May Have Unexpected Consequences

For contractors utilizing employee leasing arrangements – have you considered a payroll solutions company instead? While there is no denying the benefits of an employee leasing arrangement, you may be unaware that these arrangements can also expose your company to huge gaps in your workers’ compensation policy. Because employee leasing arrangements typically provide their own workers’ compensation policy for the leased employees, it is common for contractors to forego acquiring a […]

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OSHA’s Anti-Retaliation Policies

OSHA has recently provided an interpretation of employer actions that they will view as retaliatory and not permissible.  These include certain: (1) Disciplinary policies, (2) Post-accident drug testing policies, and lastly (3) Employee incentive programs.  Below is a brief explanation of these policies to help employers avoid violating OSHA regulations. DISCIPLINE OSHA has made it […]

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OSHA Electronic Submission Deadline Approaching

This year’s deadline for submitting your 2017 OSHA injury and illness data is July 1, 2018. For the first time, all submissions must be made online via OSHA’s website. If you are an employer in a ‘high risk industry’ (like construction) and employ anywhere between 20 and 249 employees, you must submit your OSHA 300A […]

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Best Practices to Avoid Change Order Disputes

Change orders, when handled properly, can increase project profitability, reduce the likelihood of disputes, and protect the reputation of your business. However, change orders are one of the most common disputes for construction projects and are usually the cause of construction litigation. Not only do they modify the original contract, but they can also change the scope […]

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Succession Planning for Your Business

A good business succession plan finds its roots in a solid operating or shareholder agreement. Establishing baseline rules for who has voting interests, who can transfer their interests in the company, what happens if a partner dies, etc. all occur in the foundational documents of a company. In addition to a solid operating or shareholder […]

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The Importance of an Employee Handbook

A well-written employee handbook sets the rules and expectations for employees and can save you money in a number of ways. A good employee manual serves to increase administrative efficiency, decrease operating costs, and limit potential liability and legal costs. Employees should be expected and required to be familiar with the employee handbook and all […]

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FRSA Advocates on behalf of Roofers in Washington D.C.

On March 6 & 7, 2018, FRSA joined forces with the National Association of Roofing Contractors for the first ever Roofing Day in Washington, D.C. Roofing Day was a chance for roofing professionals from across the country to meet with Congress members to make sure their collective voice was heard. With at least 45 attendees, many […]

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