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3 Reasons Why a Workers’ Compensation Claim is Denied

Workers’ compensation fraud is a common issue that plagues all workplaces, including the construction industry. Unfortunately, there are over 30 billion dollars wrongfully allocated to claimants annually who cheat the system by successfully filing a fraudulent workers’ compensation claim. Although some of these claims are willful in nature, involving employees that falsely reported an injury, […]

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Why Workers’ Compensation Fraud is Costing the Construction Industry Billions

Workers’ compensation fraud is all too common, especially in the construction industry, where injuries are prevalent and coverage is necessary. If an employer fails to provide coverage for their workforce, there can be a variety of serious ramifications, including criminal charges, excessive fines, and even the issuance of a stop-work order in Florida. A construction […]

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What Employers Need to Know About Holiday Bonuses

Holiday bonuses are a great way to show your team that you value their hard work over the past year while easing the financial burden of holiday spending. In 2018, nearly 40 percent of small business owners planned to give holiday bonuses to their employees. This small token of generosity is a fantastic way to […]

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Looking to Reward Your Workforce? Here’s How to Legally Implement Bonuses

In an industry ravaged by labor shortages, keeping your workforce happy is a great way to reduce turnover and improve your bottom line. In the past, we’ve recommended being flexible with schedules, providing opportunities for advancement, and offering competitive salaries. Many employers go above and beyond by offering holiday and end-of-year bonuses to their workers […]

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New Study Finds That Construction Workers Most Likely to Use Opioids and Cocaine

A new study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence shows what many employers in the industry already know and are struggling to control on their jobsites: out of all occupations, construction workers are the most likely to use cocaine and misuse opioids. The construction industry involves some of the toughest, most hazardous working […]

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DOL Issues Final Rule Update Allowing Employers to Better Offer Perks and Benefits

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a Final Rule updating regulations pertaining to how overtime pay is calculated. This marks the first time in over 50 years that these regulations have been significantly updated, and as we’ll see below, a lot can change in that time frame.  Perks and benefits that once made […]

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Construction Apprenticeships: How One of The Industry’s Most Important Training Model May Be Changing

The labor shortage remains one of the most challenging problems facing construction companies. It would seem that demand for roads, bridges, and housing far outweighs available manpower. But the problem isn’t just manpower; the problem is skill. As the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) puts it, “Increasing talent shortages and skill gaps are slowing the […]

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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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