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
Business Observer – March 9, 2018 Read the full article: “Hell Bound”
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 –
Junior Achievement of SWFL, Board Chair, Christina Harris Schwinn discusses Volunteer-Based Programs
Gulfshore Business - March 2018 Read the full article: "Mentoring our Future Leaders"
U.S. Department of Labor Backs Away From its Onerous Internship Standard and Adopts Primary Beneficiary Test
In January of this year, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) updated its standard for determining when an intern qualifies as an intern or is actually an employee. This new standard provides for a new flexible standard that is consistent with numerous court rulings over the past few years (citations omitted). The courts rejected the
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
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
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
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
The United states House of Representatives recently passed the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017 (“Proposed Act”). For the first time in the history of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (“FLSA”) if the Proposed Act becomes law, a private sector employer... Click here to read the full article.