NEW CDC GUIDANCE ON RETURN-TO-WORK STANDARDS FOLLOWING CORONAVIRUS EXPOSURE

By: Jeff Lieser Posted on: Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

Employers are rightfully concerned about having workers return to their place of business after they have been diagnosed with or exposed to COVID19. Fortunately, the CDC has provided guidance for employers who have workers classified as "critical infrastructure workers". Employers who fall into this

COVID-19 and Contractual Commitments

By: Jeff Lieser Posted on: Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated businesses across the country and many owners have been left to wonder if they are legally bound by contracts they signed prior to the outbreak. Unfortunately, there is not simple yes or no answer, but there are circumstances where the contract can be breached wi

RECENT AMENDMENT TO CHAPTER 558: PRE-SUIT NOTICE FOR CONSTRUCTION DEFECTS NO LONGER TOLLS THE STATUTE OF REPOSE

By: Jeff Lieser Posted on: Sunday, April 19th, 2020

Florida Statutes Chapter 558, also known as the Florida Construction Defect Statute, imposes a requirement that property owners must provide a "notice of claim" to developers, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and/or design professionals, which identifies construction defects before any lawsui

I.R.C. § 1031 TAX DEFERRED REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS

By: Daniel G. Drake Posted on: Saturday, April 18th, 2020

Sellers of commercial-use real property should always consider doing an Internal Revenue Code section 1031 tax-deferred exchange in connection with the sale of their property (unless the seller is “cashing out”). In a 1031 exchange, certain protocols are utilized to allow the sellers of commerc

Fair Housing: Are You Up to Date on Criminal Background Checks?

By: Daniel G. Drake Posted on: Friday, April 17th, 2020

Since the real estate market crash in late 2008, many people have become landlords who would have otherwise not done so. Beside the normal and expected tasks (collecting rents, doing maintenance, responding to “emergency” complaints, etc.), one of the most important duties that landlords must be

What Businesses Need to Know About Employee Leave and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

By: Alissa A. Kranz Posted on: Monday, April 13th, 2020

In an effort to help families and individuals struggling with the impact of COVID-19, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act ("FFCRA"), which went into effect on April 1, 2020, and will remain in effect until December 31, 2020.  The FFCRA allows for paid sick leave through

A Quick(ish) Breakdown of Florida’s Stay-At-Home Order For Businesses:

By: Alissa A. Kranz Posted on: Saturday, April 4th, 2020

On April 1, 2020, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order Number 20-91, which is a statewide stay-at-home order for Florida that took effect at midnight on April 3, 2020.  This Order requires persons in Florida to stay at home, unless providing or obtaining “essential services” or conducting