COVID-19 AND THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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Common Defenses Against Workers’ Compensation Claims

As a business owner in the construction industry, it’s incredibly important to be aware of all of Florida’s workers’ compensation requirements. Any construction employer who has one or more employees, including any non-exempt business owner, is required to obtain workers’ insurance. Essentially, our state makes use of what is known as a no-fault system, in […]

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Liability of Employers in COVID-19-Related Workers’ Compensation Claims

As of the time of this writing, the State of Florida has surpassed New York as the state with the second-most recorded COVID-19 cases in the nation, exceeded only by California. According to the COVID-19 Dashboard from John Hopkins University, more than 420,000 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Florida. As the death toll […]

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Is an Employee Requesting Paid Leave for COVID-19 Related Reasons? Here’s What Contractors Should Know

A Florida construction company was recently required to pay an employee $4,352 in emergency sick leave. The construction company initially denied the request, and it wasn’t until the U.S. Department of Labor stepped in that the worker received paid sick leave. The worker in question had requested sick leave to care for a child after […]

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Creating Company Policies For Telework

When news came of a new virus known as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), most workplaces elected to move to remote work. What many businesses thought would be a few weeks out of the office turned into a few months and then a few more. Although some of these businesses have now returned, many realize they […]

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A Deadly Fall Highlights Common Safety and Employment Legal Concerns in the Construction Industry

A young worker has died after plummeting 120 feet on a construction site in Nashville. The 16-year-old worker was a part-time employee for a subcontractor on a new hotel project. No safety harness was found on either the worker or the scaffolding from which they fell. This tragic incident highlights several safety and employment legal […]

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Construction Employment Rebounds After Historic Job Loss

April 2020 was not kind to the construction industry. The month of April saw the industry lose over half a million jobs. Although this is an incredible loss, May’s employment numbers show that the industry is already well on its way to recovering. In this brief article, we discuss the record-breaking number of jobs added […]

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Jobsite COVID-19 Testing Reveals Challenges Facing Contractors

Fears were realized when mass testing at a construction site in Nashville revealed that over 70 workers had contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This revelation serves as a stark reminder that the threat of COVID-19 is real and that contractors must do everything in their power to prevent the spread of this terrible virus.  […]

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Autonomous Technology Addressing Labor Shortage in the Construction Industry

By this point, you’re probably well aware that the construction industry is facing a labor shortage unlike any other industry in the United States, with thousands of vacant positions waiting to be filled by experienced and highly skilled workers. This is not only alarming but detrimental, as such a shortage is associated with project delays, […]

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4 Frequently Asked Questions About Workers’ Compensation and COVID-19

The spread of COVID-19 across the country has impacted businesses in a variety of ways. From shuttering doors to transitioning to telework to closing jobsites and more, there’s no doubt that your business has been affected by the pandemic in some form. The spread of the respiratory virus will also impact the world of workers’ […]

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COVID-19: Managing Employees With Pre-Existing Conditions

As Phase 1 of Florida’s reopening plan is now underway, employers are beginning to transition their operations back from telework back to the office space. As an employer, you must do everything in your power to stop the spread of COVID-19. Some employees with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk of severe illness if […]

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