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Aging Out of Foster Care and into the Construction Industry

Despite the lowest national unemployment rate in nearly two decades, the construction industry continues to combat a labor shortage problem that has caused widespread delays for many projects. Contractors and construction firms are considering unique ways to revitalize interest in construction for America’s youth. In this brief article, the lawyers at Cotney Construction Law, an […]

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Combating Worker Fatigue in Construction Part 2

The construction industry is a high-risk environment that is both physically and mentally demanding. Our Lakeland construction attorneys are intimately familiar with federal safety regulations, and we know that employers are responsible for ensuring that their project sites are safe. Although many hazards are brought to the forefront on construction sites, one that is often […]

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Combating Worker Fatigue in Construction Part 1

Irregular and extended shifts are common in certain industries. The construction industry is among those industries that often requires both long work hours and irregular shifts. As a result, workers experience both mental and physical fatigue. Unfortunately, fatigue tends to be overlooked, but ignoring fatigue comes with repercussions that construction companies cannot afford. In this […]

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Tips for Interviewing New Workers in the Construction Industry

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the cost of hiring and firing a bad employee can equal 30 percent of the employee’s first-year potential earnings. Our St. Petersburg construction lawyers have seen how a few unfortunate hires can make a marked difference on your total earnings when calculating your profits at the end […]

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When Workers Experience Retaliation

If an employee has been mistreated at the workplace, they have a right to make a formal or informal complaint. Whether it’s harassment, discrimination, or requesting unpaid overtime, federal law mandates that an employee can engage in filing a complaint as a protected activity. As long as the complaint was made in good faith, if […]

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Helping Women Thrive in Construction

According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, women make up nine percent of the construction industry, which indicates that there is much room for improvement. Attracting and hiring women in the industry will help to change stereotypes about the male-dominated profession, as well as promote safe and healthful working conditions and prevent hazards that are […]

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Creating a Successful Return to Work Program for Your Business Part 2

In the first part of this two-part article, we discussed many of the benefits of developing a return to work program. In this section, we will discuss how to establish a successful return to work program. When a worker is significantly injured on the job, employers need to be aware of Florida workers’ compensation law […]

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Creating a Successful Return to Work Program for Your Business Part 1

For small business owners, when an injured worker has healed enough that they are medically cleared to return to work, it’s important to have a return to work program. This aptly named program acts as a buffer for both the worker and the business and reestablishes the worker into the workplace as they continue the […]

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How Walkouts Impact Restaurant Workers

Whether you want to call it a walkout or a dine and dash, when restaurant patrons bolt on their check, the person typically responsible for payment is the hardworking server. From serving the food to handling all payment responsibilities to cleaning and resetting tables, it seems unfair to also expect servers to play the role […]

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What Workers Should Know About Meal Breaks Part 2

As we discussed in the first part of this two-part article, neither the State of Florida nor the federal government require employers to provide meal breaks for their employees that are over the age of 17. Of course, most employers allow their employees to have these breaks to ensure their workplace remains positive and productive. […]

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