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OSHA Flying into the 21st Century with Drones

Early last year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the start of an all new approach to its safety inspections—through drones. Since its introduction, at least nine inspections were conducted with camera-enabled drones. Of these nine inspections, the majority were used due to hazardous circumstances on-site such as a recent collapse, fire or […]

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In the Midst of an Opioid Crisis, Employers Should Update Employee Manuals

Many employers have a zero-tolerance policy directed at illegal drugs, but most do not have a prescription drug policy in place. Taking prescription drugs is not illegal, making it difficult for employers to institute policies that affect employees’ ability to medicate. Despite this difficulty, the country is currently experiencing an opioid epidemic that some have […]

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OSHA Updates Final Crane Operator Ruling

OSHA’s publication in the Federal Register on November 9, 2018, stated that the new requirements for crane operator certification took effect on December 10, 2018, and the requirements for employers to evaluate/document crane operators will take effect on February 7, 2019. In addition, OSHA declared that the new crane operator certification will be limited to certification based […]

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File Your Annual Reports by May 1

A new year means it’s once again time to dust off the corporate records book, file your annual reports with the state of Florida and evaluate whether your business is structured to provide you the highest level of asset protection and tax efficiency possible. Make sure you are actively reviewing your corporate structure to ensure […]

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Indemnity Provisions Upheld Despite Lack of Monetary Limitation

In CB Contractors, LLC v. Allens Steel Products, Inc., 2018 WL 6579215 (Fla. 5th DCA 2018), Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal held that only a “portion” of the indemnity provision in the contract was void and unenforceable for violating Section 725.06, Florida Statutes, leaving the majority of the provision intact. Section 725.06, Florida Statutes, […]

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DOL Releases Unofficial Maximum OSHA Penalties for 2019

Due to the recent government shutdown, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) Final Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Annual Adjustment for 2019 Final Rule has been delayed. Despite this, the DOL released its pre-published version of the Final Rule on January 15, 2019. The pre-published version is subject to modification by the Office of the Federal […]

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FRSA Victory in CILB Proposal

Last summer, the Construction Industry Licensing Board (CILB), proposed a specialty residential roofing rule to allow workers, without commercial roofing experience, the opportunity to obtain a license to perform certain types of residential roofing.  This rule was posed in the wake of the hurricanes that have affected our state over the last few years, resulting […]

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New Accounting Standards for Long-Term Projects

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued ASC 606, a new standard on recognition of revenue from contracts with customers. The new standard will have major implications on construction companies’ internal accounting. While ASC 606 will only apply to construction companies that enter into contracts greater than one year, it would benefit all owners to […]

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Near Monumental Change in Attorney’s Fee Awards in Florida Construction Disputes

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeal recently avoided a historic and unprecedented change in Florida’s attorney’s fee law by reversing a district court’s decision. Specifically, as the case had been decided by district court, a surety would be entitled to prevailing party attorney’s fees based on a general indemnity clause in a subcontract, when there […]

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OSHA Updates Final Crane Operator Rule

Per OSHA’s publication in the Federal Register on November 9, 2018, the requirements for crane operator certification will take effect on December 10, 2018, and the requirements for employers to evaluate/document crane operators will take effect on February 7, 2019. Further, OSHA stated that the new crane operator certification will be limited to certification based […]

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