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By: Tracy M. Evans, Esq., Associate, Saxon Gilmore & Carraway, P.A. Last year, President Obama ordered the Department of Labor (“DOL”) to revise the current white collar overtime exemption regulations, with the intent of increasing the number of workers eligible for overtime compensation. On July 6, 2015, the DOL published a proposed rule in the...
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By: Tracy M. Evans, Esq., Associate, Saxon Gilmore & Carraway, P.A. In what appears to be an effort to crack down on the misclassification of employees as independent contractors, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued Administrator’s Interpretation No. 2015-1 providing guidance on determining whether a worker is an independent contractor. This is the...
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By: Tracy M. Evans, Esq., Associate, Saxon Gilmore & Carraway, P.A. Earlier this month, a proposed consent decree was submitted by the parties in a sexual harassment case pending in the Middle District of North Carolina, which serves as a crucial reminder to the importance of instituting, maintaining, and enforcing polices against sexual harassment in...
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ConnectHome, an extension of President Obama’s ConnectED program, is designed to provide internet access for children in low-income households. Tampa has been selected as one of the 28 communities across the country to participate in the program, where 1,420 households with children will benefit from this program. Sprint will supply the internet access to students...
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By: Tracy M. Evans, Esq., Associate, Saxon Gilmore & Carraway, P.A. On Wednesday, July 8, 2015, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) released its final rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (the “Rule”), designed to provide communities that receive HUD funding with data and tools to assist them in meeting their obligations...
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By: Tabitha S. Etlinger, Esq., Associate, Saxon Gilmore & Carraway, P.A. On June 30, 2015, the Congressional authorization for the Export-Import Bank of the United States (the “Bank”) lapsed. The Bank was a valuable tool for both established and novice exporters, providing an array of services that help to limit credit risks and increase available...
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By: Tracy M. Evans, Esq., Associate, Saxon Gilmore & Carraway, P.A. On June 25, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its opinion in the case of Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, et. al. v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., Case No. 13-1371, holding that disparate-impact claims are cognizable claims under...
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By: Tracy M. Evans, Esq., Associate, Saxon Gilmore & Carraway, P.A. A recent decision of the First District Court of Appeal of Florida (“First DCA”) holds that Florida Statutes § 713.3471, which is part of Florida’s construction lien law, bars an unpaid contractor from asserting common law claims against a construction lender. An issue of...
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By: Tracy M. Evans, Esq., Associate, Saxon Gilmore & Carraway, P.A. The United States Supreme Court recently agreed to hear two Eleventh Circuit cases to resolve a circuit split regarding the ability to “lien strip” in chapter 7 bankruptcy cases. Last year, we reported on an Eleventh Circuit case that the Supreme Court declined to...
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By: Tracy M. Evans, Esq., Associate, Saxon Gilmore & Carraway, P.A. A recent decision by Florida’s Supreme Court (“Supreme Court”) reversing the 4th District Court of Appeal’s decision in Sanders v. ERP Operating Limited Partnership, 96 So.3d 929 (Fla. 4th DCA 2012), highlights the importance of maintaining adequate security in apartment complexes. The Sanders case...
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