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Delegation of Federal Dredge and Fill Permitting Authority to State of Florida

Chapter 2018-88, Laws of Florida, authorized the Department of Environmental Protection to assume responsibility for the dredge and fill permitting program established under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The Department has begun rulemaking and is currently holding public workshops to present the draft rule and applicant’s handbook for review and comment. The rulemaking

Coming Soon: The U.S. Department of Labor’s PAID Pilot Program

What does PAID Stand for? Payroll Audit Independent Determination. What is the PAID Program’s purpose? This pilot program is intended to test the efficiency of a self-reporting program to correct wage hour violations discovered by an employer and to create a mechanism whereby the employer may correct violations without having to pay attorneys’ fees –

Sexual Harassment Could Be 2018’s Hottest Topic

The only reason there is so much focus on this issue is because as each day goes by, more and more women are coming forward about their own experiences with sexual harassment and making allegations against powerful and prominent men.  These women are getting plenty of press time because the men are prominent.  While these

Will the Repeal of DACA Impact Your Business? Maybe.

If your business employs workers who were granted work authorizations under President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ("DACA"), read on.  On September 5, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order that sunsets the DACA program in six months unless Congress acts to pass a new immigration law.  Without the passage of a new immigration

New Florida Law May Preempt Local Architectural and Signage Regulations

House Bill 1021 prohibits local governments from adopting or enforcing regulations that conflict with corporate trademarks, logos, color patterns, or branding of business activities related to gas stations or other franchises. That means that some commercial franchises or gas stations may be able to show that their trademark color patterns and logos should be approved

The Benefit of a Wage Hour Audit

Why Conduct a Wage Hour Audit? Simply put, to identify whether your business has improperly classified any employee as being exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938’s (“FLSA”) provisions regarding the payment of overtime.  In 2016 alone, the U.S. Department of Labor collected more than $266 million in back wages.  The U.S. Department