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Mecklenburg County Stay at Home Proclamation: What it Means for Construction in Charlotte

On March 23, 2020, Mecklenburg County issued a stay at home proclamation to begin Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 8:00am at the request of Atrium Health and Novant Health, the two largest healthcare systems in the area in an attempt to combat the rapid up-swing of cases in the county without overwhelming critical services. The […]

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COVID-19 Master OSHA, Construction and Employment Law FAQs

As COVID-19 continues to affect our daily lives, it is crucial for employers to be aware of the steps the government is taking to reduce infection, how those steps affect your business, and the protocols your business needs to implement to ensure you are complying with what is required under these abnormal circumstances. Below is […]

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The Effects of Coronavirus on the Construction Industry

With no end currently in sight to the extensive outbreak in China of the novel coronavirus (now officially named COVID-19) and the rapid spread of the virus throughout other parts of the world, the U.S. construction industry is already experiencing effects and should brace itself for more to come. Originating in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, […]

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New Form I-9 Just Released

On January 31, 2020, the new IRS Form I-9 became available for use. Beginning on April 30, 2020, employers will only be allowed to use the new Form I-9, edition 10/21/2019. Between now and then, employers may continue to use the previous version of the Form I-9 (edition 7/17/17). The failure to use the correct […]

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2020 OSHA Workplace Safety Penalties to Increase

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is increasing workplace safety penalties for 2020. The new penalties went into effect on January 15, 2020 and apply to any penalties assessed after January 15th. OSHA increased the penalties to comply with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act. The act was passed by Congress on November […]

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Workers’ Comp Insurance Rate Cut Effective January 1

On November 6, Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier issued a final order approving a 7.5% decrease for Florida workers’ compensation insurance rates.  The rate cut goes into effect January 1, 2020, and applies to both new and renewal workers’ compensation insurance policies effective in Florida. This is the third straight year workers’ comp insurance rates […]

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Don’t File Suit in the Wrong Court – Jurisdictional Changes Coming January 1

Changes in Florida state law and the Florida Rules of Procedure will be effective January 1, 2020, changing where a variety of court actions are heard. Currently, county courts in Florida have jurisdiction over claims up to $15,000 and Florida’s circuit courts have jurisdiction over claims in excess of $15,000.  The limit on claims that […]

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Local Licensing Laws Challenged

Local licensing laws have historically been difficult to navigate.  Ranging from licenses that are not identified in Florida Statutes such as masonry or counter-top installer licenses, to the use of registered licenses in specific jurisdictions, local licenses make it difficult for contractors working across county lines to determine which licenses are needed and how that […]

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OSHA’s Revision of Its Weighting System

Effective October 1, 2019, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) revised its weighting system, moving from the Enforcement Weighting System (“EWS”) to the new OSHA Weighting System (“OWS”). OSHA utilizes a weighting system to evaluate the allocation of its resources in order to maximize its enforcement activities and potential impact on critical areas. In […]

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Immigration Law: Public Charge Rule

The new public charge rule that was supposed to be implemented by USCIS on October 15, 2019 has been blocked by three U.S. District Court judges. The rule sought to change how the calculation of use of public benefits by an immigrant was made, thereby increasing the number of public benefits that would be considered […]

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