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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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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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