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By Tracy M. Evans Esq., Associate, Saxon Gilmore & Carraway, P.A. House Bill 843 (“HB 843”) proposed a new exemption to Florida’s Government in the Sunshine Law (“Sunshine Law”), but was rejected by lawmakers on May 2, 2017, when it failed to obtain the required two-thirds approval. Florida’s Sunshine Law requires that board or commission...
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By Claire M. Brueck, Esq., Associate, Saxon Gilmore & Carraway, P.A. Proposed Senate Bill 750, the Protect Florida Small Business Act, has passed the Florida Senate Committee on Regulated Industries. The bill seeks to provide protection for franchisees by not allowing franchisors to cancel franchise contracts without cause or a warning before cancellation. Under the...
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By Claire M. Brueck, Esq., Associate, Saxon Gilmore & Carraway, P.A. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently found that Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts prohibits sex discrimination and ruled in favor of a part-time job applicant who had been denied a full-time job because she is a lesbian. This ruling conflicts with...
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By Claire M. Brueck, Esq., Associate, Saxon Gilmore & Carraway, P.A.   The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled against an employee who was fired from her job as a security guard at a hospital in Georgia. The employee alleged she had been discriminated against because of her sexual orientation and gender non-conformity. On...
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By Tracy M. Evans, Esq., Associate, Saxon Gilmore & Carraway, P.A. Published in FAHROgram March/April 2017 Last year saw a rising trend of lawsuits alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for failure to maintain accessible websites. In this context, accessible websites are those designed to ensure equal access for everyone, including persons...
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By Suzanne J. DeCopain, Esq., Associate at Saxon Gilmore & Carraway, P.A. Published in FAHROgram January/February 2017 In 2013, President Barack Obama reauthorized and signed into law the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013). VAWA 2013 expanded housing protections to HUD programs. On Oct. 27, 2016, HUD issued its final rule implementing...
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By Tracy M. Evans, Esq., Associate, Saxon Gilmore & Carraway, P.A. Online consumer reviews have become an integral part of the modern consumer’s decision process. Not only do these reviews help consumers with recommendations on where to eat, shop, or visit, these reviews help promote good business practices and encourage businesses to focus on providing...
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By Ricardo L. Gilmore, Esq. Published in FAHROgram November/December 2016 Many of you have expressed some confusion about whether contractors doing business with your housing authority are subject to the Florida public records laws and to what extent. Further, what is your housing authority’s responsibility regarding a contractor’s responsibility to comply with applicable Florida public...
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The Housing Authority of the City of Deerfield Beach, Florida (DBHA) is redeveloping Stanley Terrace Apartments. The low income housing complex was built in 1969.  The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is providing assistance through its Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. Through the RAD program, public housing units can be converted...
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By: Suzanne J. DeCopain,  Associate, Saxon Gilmore & Carraway, P.A. Published in FAHROgram, September/October, 2016 On April 14, 2016, the Florida Supreme Court issued its opinion in the case of the Board of Trustees, Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund v. Curtis W. Lee, No. SC13-1315 (Fla. April 14, 2016). The decision resolves a conflict...
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