COVID-19 AND THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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Overtime Pay: What’s Legal & What’s Not in Florida

One of the numerous benefits we all enjoy as workers in the United States is that we are protected by a myriad of state and federal laws that exist to ensure we are being treated fairly by our employers. Specifically, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to provide overtime wages when the workweek […]

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Navigating COVID-19: Underlying Health Risks, FMLA, and Vaccines

Even as the COVID-19 vaccines have begun their rollouts, we all know that the coronavirus pandemic is far from over. It may be months before the general population is vaccinated, so your company must keep health safeguards in place. Beyond social distancing and wearing masks, there are other issues you need to understand as you […]

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The Final Rule on Independent Contractor Status

The “Final Rule” on Independent Contractor Status On January 6, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a final rule regarding independent contractors’ classification. This rule revises the interpretation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) provision but does not include any significant changes from the DOL’s proposed rule published in September 2020. As a […]

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How Employers Violate the Equal Pay Act

Congress created the Equal Pay Act of 1963 to correct the conditions caused by sex-based pay inequities that significantly affected women’s earning potential. And although the Equal Pay Act (EPA) has helped narrow the pay gap between men and women to a great extent, women still earn approximately 77 percent of what their male counterparts […]

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What Contractors Should Know About Florida’s New I-9 Law

By Benjamin Briggs & Elliot Haney If you own a company in Florida, be sure you know the details of a new law that went into effect on January 1, 2021. You and your HR professionals are likely familiar with the Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification required for hiring and onboarding new employees. You may […]

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CDC Shortens Recommended COVID-19 Quarantine Periods

For many months, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended a 14-day quarantine for anyone who has been exposed to COVID-19. However, on December 2, the agency offered alternatives to that original two-week guideline. The New Recommendations The two alternatives are as follows: A 10-day quarantine for individuals who have been exposed […]

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Employers Can Require ‘Job-Related’ COVID-19 Test  

Indiana roofing contractors who believe one of their employees have been exposed to COVID-19 can legally request a COVID-19 test before the employee can return to work. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released new guidance on this issue recently.  What began in March with temporary job shutdowns soon evolved into a global pandemic with severe economic consequences that have caused a significant shift in the construction industry. Knowing your legal rights as an employer can […]

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Colorado’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act

By Gabriel “Gabe” Pinilla On November 3, 2020, Colorado voters approved Proposition 118, passing into law the Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act (“PFMLA” or the “Act”).  The Act creates a state-run insurance system for family and medical leave benefits that will provide up to 16 weeks of paid leave per year.  Through a […]

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DOL Attempts Clarification of Employee vs. Subcontractor Classification

By Trent Cotney | Cotney Construction Law Due to COVID-19 and the subsequent economic downturn, many workers today fall into the “gig economy” category, characterized by short-term, freelance work. That makes a proposed federal rule change even more significant right now because it should make it easier for companies to determine who to classify as […]

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Questions to Ask Before Hiring a New Team Member to Your Construction Team

Hiring is one of the most important factors in how a construction project will turn out. The crew that you put together has to be able to handle every part of a job and make sure that everything runs smoothly. Your hiring choices can also affect your business over the long term. If you hire […]

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