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Ten Things About HUD That Every Contractor Should Know

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) plays a critical role in protecting the foundation of the residential housing market as the insurer of loans for moderate-income single-family home buyers and for multifamily housing, including apartments and townhomes.  Likewise, HUD distributes the federal funds that make up a large percentage of the budget […]

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OSHA Injury & Illness Summary Must Be Posted By February 1, 2018

OSHA requires many employers to maintain a record of serious work-related injuries and illnesses with OSHA Form 300A. Employers must post a summary of the injuries and illnesses from 2017 by February 1, 2018. The summary must be certified by a company executive and publicly posted from February through April in a common area where […]

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OSHA’s Penalty Increases for 2018 and How They Will Impact Your Business

On January 2, 2018, the Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule which adjusted upward the monetary penalties assessed for violation of its regulations, including those created by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The adjustment is part of an annual requirement under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, which […]

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Trent Cotney, P.A. Welcomes Partner Brian Lambert

Trent Cotney, P.A. Construction Law Group, a leading national law firm for construction, specialty trades, and OSHA law, is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Brian Lambert as a partner at our firm. Lambert is Board Certified in Construction Law by the Florida Bar and has 15 years of experience as an attorney with the […]

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OSHA Extends Deadline for Electronically Submitting Injury & Illness Reports to December 15, 2017

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has extended the deadline for electronically reporting injury and illness through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) to December 15, 2017. This extension is to ensure affected employers have additional time to become familiar with the new electronic reporting system. The new date for compliance, December […]

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Florida’s Minimum Wage Increases Effective January 1, 2018

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (“DEO”) has announced that the minimum wage for all Florida employees will increase to $8.25 per hour, up 15 cents from the current rate of $8.10. The new hourly wage will take effect on Monday, January 1, 2018. The state minimum wage applies to all hours worked in Florida, […]

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Travel Time Compensation

Almost all your employees travel for their job, whether it is to your office, to a jobsite, to make sales, etc. Therefore, it is important that as the employer, you understand what travel time is compensable – meaning, when must travel time be paid time and count toward overtime. Travel between home and work is […]

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Hurricanes & Warranty Claims

Generally speaking, a hurricane is considered an Act of God.  Whether your warranty is voided because of hurricane force winds depends on the wording of your contract and warranty.  An Act of God waiver or disclaimer may act to eliminate a roofer’s liability for potential warranty claims. Similarly, a workmanship warranty may contain provisions which exempt damages caused by hurricanes.  […]

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Honesty with Policies: Business Tactics Roofers Should Avoid

The demand for roofing work often increases after any natural disaster or, in Texas, after a severe storm. Insurance usually pays for roofing repairs after severe weather which results in roofers, some from out of state, appearing and increasing their advertising efforts to get a portion of the business.  Roofers should be aware that improperly […]

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Lien Transfer with No Surety

Action against lien transfer bond must be brought within one year of transfer – if lien is transferred during pendency of lien foreclosure action. Prior to 2005, Florida Statute, Section 713.24 provided that if a lawsuit to enforce a transferred lien was not commenced within one year of recording the lien, the clerk was required […]

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