EEOC Releases Fiscal Year 2019 Statistical Report

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released detailed breakdowns for the 72,675 charges of workplace discrimination that the agency received in fiscal year 2019, down slightly from the 76,418 filed in 2018. Back in 2010 the agency received almost 100,000 charges. The data show that retaliation continued to be the most frequently filed…

U.S. Union Membership Continues Downward Slide, with Small Uptick in Florida

In 2019, the percent of wage and salary workers who were members of unions in the United States was 10.3 percent—almost half the 20.3 percent rate in 1983—the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. The number of wage and salary workers belonging to unions was 14.6 million in 2019, falling by 170,000 from 2018. Over half…

Florida State Minimum Wage Now $8.56 an Hour

The Florida state minimum wage has now increased from $8.46 to $8.56 an hour, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The wage for servers also has increased by 10 cents, from $5.46 to $5.56. The federal minimum wage remains at $7.25 per hour, but Florida private employers must pay the higher state wage…

FAA Proposes Remote ID Tracking for Drones

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) – also known as drones – will be equipped with Remote Identification (“Remote ID”) technology under a 319-page proposal published on December 26, 2019 by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Remote ID technology would emit a particular signal that would enable a registered drone to be tracked.…

The Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law

As of January 1, 2020, Florida drivers caught texting while driving may face a non-moving violation with a fine of $30 for first time offenders under the Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law.  A second-time offender caught texting while driving within five years of the initial offense will be charged with a moving violation…

The Growing Legal Costs of Cyber Liability

Defense law firms that work on cyber liability panels can expect to receive an average of $8,600 in legal consultation fees, according to cost estimates from Chubb recently reported in Florida Trend magazine. Total costs to respond to a cybersecurity claim can be as high as $73,300 according to Chubb, which based its information on…

Fluctuating Work Week Overtime Rule Change Proposed by DOL

Employers could offer bonuses and other incentive-based compensation to employees with a fluctuating work week under a rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) on November 4, 2019. The proposal modifies the current regulation which computes overtime compensation for salaried non-exempt employees who work varying weekly hours—known as a…

$9.6 Million Judgment Stands in Horton v. Heron’s Landing Case

On November 12, 2019, the Florida Supreme Court declined jurisdiction and declined D.R. Horton’s petition for review relating to D.R. Horton’s ongoing lawsuit with Heron’s Landing Condo Association (Association), one of D.R. Horton’s condominium developments. This recent development leaves D.R. Horton with a $9,600,000 judgment to pay because of the many allegedly faulty construction issues…

Understanding Accountant Malpractice Liability Exposure

Accountant malpractice liability claims typically decline during a strong economy like we have now, according to a recent article in Accounting Today titled, “Accountants’ Malpractice Liability: Fewer Claims but More Risks.” Numerous accountant malpractice liability risks remain, however, including but not limited to emerging issues in cybersecurity, online sales tax questions in the wake of…

Florida Creates Framework for Self-Driving Vehicles

In an effort to put Florida in the forefront of the growing autonomous vehicle technology, on June 13, 2019 Governor Ron DeSantis signed CS/HB 311, which seeks to establish a statutory framework in hopes of accelerating the development and operation of self-driving vehicles. Governor DeSantis proclaimed that “[s]igning this legislation paves the way for Florida…