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Special Edition: Florida Pending Bill Updates through January 26, 2016

This Special Edition of Legal Updates contains an attachment with information regarding all of the employment law bills that have had action taken on them, been filed or withdrawn through January 26, 2016. You will note that following the bill summary you will find HR Florida’s position on each of the bills.  As in past

Special Edition: Legislative Update Pending Florida Bills Through 1-12-2016

It is that time of year when the Florida Legislature is in session.  This Special Edition of Legal Updates contains an attachment with information regarding all of the employment law bills that have been filed through January 12, 2016.  You will note that following the bill summary you will find HR Florida's position on each

The National Labor Relations Board What You Should Know

Written by: Christina Harris Schwinn Private sector employers often believe that because their workforces are not unionized that they do not have to be concerned about the National Labor Relations Board’s (“NLRB”) activities or compliance with the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”).  Wrong.  Generally speaking, a private sector employer with more than $200,000 in annual

Should You Consider “Factoring” Your HOA’s Delinquencies?

Is your HOA board getting contacted by companies offering to purchase your association's accounts receivable? It's called "factoring," and there's a ready market if you're interested. When might that be worth considering instead of hiring a collection agency to collect your HOA's debt? Rarely, say our experts. The Basics of Factoring Factoring, most simply defined,

Bank Foreclosures and Unpaid Assessments

Increasingly, many condominium associations are forced to deal with the issue of unit owners who are being foreclosed upon by their lenders, and who are delinquent in the payment of  assessments to the association. In most cases, any lien that the association may have on the unit for unpaid assessments is subordinate to the mortgage.  If

Emotional Support Animals

“Prescriptive pets” are a growing concern plaguing condominium associations.  Boards are often forced to decide whether or not to pursue arbitration in order to require removal of the pet in light of threatened discrimination claims by the unit owner.  In Karanda Village VII Condominium Association, Inc. v. Gothelf, Arb. Case No. 2009-01-1903 (August 13, 2009),

Should Your Association Assign Delinquent Accounts to a Factoring (Funding) Company?

In the past year, a number of our clients have sought our advice after having been contacted by various companies offering creative options to for the collection of delinquent account.Often, these companies offer to forward fund a substantial portion of the unpaid assessments, with a percentage of the remainder promised to be paid upon actual

Selective Enforcement

In Killeen v. S.B. Club Condominium Association, Inc., Case No. 2008-06-4403, Summary Final Order (March 6, 2009), the Unit Owner purchased his unit shortly before the Association sent a letter to all unit owners advising that it would begin to strictly enforce provision of the Declaration prohibiting alterations of limited common elements, particularly the installation of screen

Condominium and Homeowner Association Elections

CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION ELECTIONSStrict compliance with the rules and procedures set forth in Section 718.112(d) of the Florida Statutes and Section 61B-23.0021 of the Florida Administrative Code, as summarized below, is crucial in condominium elections.   Failure to comply with these procedural requirements could result in the association being required to conduct a new election, send an

Minimum Wage

Florida's minimum wage increases to $7.93 per hour effective January 1, 2014.