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Why Mid-Sized Construction Businesses Should Pay Attention to the New Federal Overtime Rule

Employers who fail to prepare for upcoming changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) salary threshold overtime exemption may find themselves in hot water. If you’re just now beginning to plan for changes to federal overtime regulations, you likely have some catching up to do. These changes have been in the works for nearly […]

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Preventing Workers’ Compensation Fraud at Your Workplace

Unfortunately, the word “fraud” is commonly associated with workers’ compensation claims. This is because fraudulent insurance claims collectively cost businesses billions of dollars annually and can take on many different forms. Fraudulent claims can have a number of participants, including claimants and their attorneys, insurance agency adjusters that tamper with evidence, and dishonest employers. Of […]

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Can an Employee Waive Their Wage and Hour Rights?

Even with the lowest unemployment rate in the last fifty years, there are still some applicants out there that would be willing to waive their wage and hour rights in order to secure a position with a company. In this article, a Tampa wage and hour attorney will discuss this concept and cover certain scenarios […]

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What You Should Know About Interviewing Applicants with a Criminal Record Part 2

Some construction firms have recently claimed that they were able to resolve their labor gap issues by hiring candidates that were previously incarcerated. With that being said, employers need to be mindful of laws related to hiring individuals that were convicted of a crime. For example, a company policy excluding applicants on the basis of […]

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What You Should Know About Interviewing Applicants with a Criminal Record Part 1

To fill their labor gap needs, some construction firms are turning to alternative methods to recruit workers. In some cases, this includes recruiting individuals that were previously incarcerated. Along with meeting your labor needs and giving these individuals an opportunity to contribute to society, some construction firms have enjoyed reduced turnover by giving these applicants […]

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Contesting Unemployment Benefits Claims for Contractors Part 3

In parts one and two of this three-part series, an Orlando construction lawyer from Cotney Construction Law explained why many employers attempt to contest unemployment benefits claims. We started by examining the root of the issue, then we discussed the danger of presumption when awarding claims. Afterwards, we discussed why some claims shouldn’t be contested […]

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Contesting Unemployment Benefits Claims for Contractors Part 2

According to Roofing Contractor Magazine, “The costs generated by excessive unemployment claims is an issue of particular concern for most employers.” One of the only surefire ways to combat these expenses is by contesting unemployment benefits claims, but doing so on your own can be tricky. How can you be certain that your contest has […]

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Contesting Unemployment Benefits Claims for Contractors Part 1

Let’s face it, no business owner is particularly fond of unemployment benefits claims. It’s not hard to see why — fewer successful unemployment claims equals a lower overall tax rate. This is incentive enough to start contesting unemployment benefits. But is this the right move for your contracting business?  In this three-part series, an Orlando […]

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6 Fireable Offenses Construction Business Owners Should Be Aware Of Part 2

In part one of this two-part series, a Jacksonville construction lawyer from Cotney Construction Law discussed three fireable offenses: extreme absenteeism, recreational drug use, and sexual harassment. Allowing your workers to partake in these offenses can lead to project slowdowns, conflict between workers, and legal complications. You can’t afford to let one bad apple affect […]

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6 Fireable Offenses Construction Business Owners Should Be Aware Of Part 1

Nobody looks forward to terminating a worker’s employment, but sometimes, there’s no other option. Workers who fail to abide by the policies outlined in your employee handbook can be an enormous liability, which is why some employers opt to cut and run before a serious violation results in lost profits, an injury, or death.  Workers […]

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