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2013 Legislative Review: Part 2

2013 Legislative Review: Part 2

The 2013 Legislative session has come and gone. As usual, there is legislation that will impact members of the construction industry. There seemed to be considerably less political infighting as compared to last year. As a result, more bills were pushed through the system. State revenues have increased with the improvement of the economy which made the legislators' job easier....
2013 Legislative Review: Part 1

2013 Legislative Review: Part 1

The 2013 Legislative session has come and gone. As usual, there is legislation that will impact members of the construction industry. There seemed to be considerably less political infighting as compared to last year. As a result, more bills were pushed through the system. State revenues have increased with the improvement of the economy which made the legislators' job easier....
New I-9 Form Required Starting May 7, 2013

New I-9 Form Required Starting May 7, 2013

As most employers are aware, any new employee (well actually any employee) is required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to complete what is known as the I-9 Form. This form is intended to verify that the employee is legally allowed to work in the U.S. A new I-9 Form has been promulgated by USCIS. Employers will be required to use the new I-9 starting on May 7, 2013. The ol...
2013 Legislative Preview: Part 2

2013 Legislative Preview: Part 2

The Florida Legislature will go into its annual sixty day session on Tuesday, March 5. This may be a more “normal” session as compared to the previous few years when budget issues dominated the sessions. As usual there are a number of bills filed that touch on the construction industry. The information we have is based on bills that have been filed. This does not mean that other issues won’t...
2013 Legislative Preview: Part 1

2013 Legislative Preview: Part 1

The Florida Legislature will go into its annual sixty day session on Tuesday, March 5. This may be a more “normal” session as compared to the previous few years when budget issues dominated the sessions. As usual there are a number of bills filed that touch on the construction industry. The information we have is based on bills that have been filed. This does not mean that other issues won’t...
CILB/ECLB Renewal Deadline Extended Due to Tropical Storm Isaac

CILB/ECLB Renewal Deadline Extended Due to Tropical Storm Isaac

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) has extended the license renewal deadline for certified contractors and both certified and registered electrical contractors whose licenses will expire August 31, 2012. Applicable certified contractors and electrical contractors may now renew their license by midnight September 14, 2012. The extension is a result of the impact of Tropic...
2012 Florida Legislative Review

2012 Florida Legislative Review

The 2012 Florida Legislature was surprisingly active on construction related issues considering the twin problems of reapportionment and a budget shortfall. Highlights include the passage of the crane regulation bill after years of trying. For registered contractors the ability to ......
The 2012 Legislative Preview

The 2012 Legislative Preview

We present our annual Legislative Preview for your consideration. It must be recalled that this is a very dynamic process and the provisions in bills change daily and new issues will arise. It allows you to follow the progress of bills and you can sign up to receive alerts if you wish. Your comments and suggestions are welcomed....

The Right to Stop Work

Stopping work on a project is the toughest call to make for a contractor and its attorney. If you are wrong, you are in breach of the contract. This usually means that you are paying rather than collecting. The first step is to determine whether you have a right to stop work....

Steve Marlowe Certified Circuit Mediator by Fla Supreme Court

We are pleased to announce that Steve Marlowe has received Certification from the Florida Supreme Court as a Circuit Mediator. To receive this certification Steve was required to complete a 40 hour course in Mediation Procedures and Techniques as well as observe and participate in at least seven "real" mediations with Certified Mediators. Steve has also been appointed to the Mediation Panel for th...