Client Alert: New Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) and Providing Urgent Maternal Protections for Nursing Mothers Act (PUMP Act): What Do Private Employers Need to Know to Comply?
March 14, 2023
Ruth Vafek | Labor & Employment
As part of the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 signed into law on December 29, 2022, private employers with 15+ employees* need to know about the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), which goes into effect June 27, 2023.
Intellectual Property and Generative AI
March 6, 2023
Justin Taylor and Geoffrey Lottenberg | Intellectual Property
As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to advance, new questions arise about how copyright and patent laws will apply to new content created by AI.
Florida Real Estate Legislation to Watch in 2023
February 8, 2023
Jeffrey R. Margolis | Real Estate Legislation
Ahead of the 2023 Florida Legislative Session, several real estate related bills have been introduced in the Florida legislature that will be considered by lawmakers during the upcoming Legislative Session which begins in March.
Client Alert: Federal Trade Commission Proposes New Rule for Nationwide Ban on Noncompete Clauses in Labor Contracts
January 9, 2023
Leonard K. Samuels and Nikki Branch | Labor and Employment , Noncompete
On January 5, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (commonly known as the “FTC”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to ban the use of noncompete clauses by employers nationwide. True to their name, noncompete clauses block workers from working for competitors, or starting a new competing business, after employment ends for a set period.
LIBOR Being Replaced with Secured Overnight Financing Rate
January 6, 2023
Jeffrey R. Margolis | LIBOR, Mortgages , Interest Rates, Real Estate
LIBOR, formerly known as the London Interbank Offered Rate, was the key benchmark for setting interest rates charged on adjustable-rate loans, mortgages, and corporate debt for more than 40 years. However, LIBOR is being replaced by the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) which is considered a more accurate and more secure pricing benchmark.
Joint Alert: Our Response to the 2022 Insurance Reforms
December 21, 2022
Insurance Reforms , Insurance
We Mourn the Loss of Our Colleague Ricardo A. Gonzalez
October 3, 2022
With profound sadness, we announce the loss of our colleague and dear friend, Ricardo A. Gonzalez. Rick was an exceptional lawyer specializing in complex commercial litigation and regulatory defense and compliance. Rick passed away on September 25, 2022.
2021 American Land Title Association Forms
September 28, 2022
Jeffrey R. Margolis | 2021 American Land Title Association Forms, Real Estate
The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) has approved the 2021 American Land Title Association (ALTA) forms for use in Florida. OIR has approved use of the new ALTA 2021 Policy forms starting October 3, 2022. The new forms include a new Commitment, Loan and Owner’s Policies, Short Form Residential Loan Policies, as well as the following Endorsements.
Client Alert: Updated Social Media Rules in California
September 21, 2022
Heidi Howard Tandy | Assembly Bill 587, California Legislative Information
Businesses with a presence in or customers who are residents of California and who have revenue over $100 million per year will soon be required to file semiannual reports with that state’s Attorney General, self-reporting their content moderation policies on hate speech, extremism, and disinformation.
New Requirements for Residential Landlords
July 18, 2022
Jeffrey R. Margolis
Effective July 1, 2022, landlords of transient or non-transient apartments in Florida are required to perform background checks on all employees and licensees. Such background checks, which are a condition to employment, are required to be performed by a consumer reporting agency in accordance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and must include screening of criminal history records and sexual predator and sexual offender registries of all fifty (50) states and the District of Columbia. If the background screening of a prospective employee reveals that the prospective employee has been convicted or found guilty of, or entered a plea of nolo contendere, regardless of adjudication, of certain criminal offenses, the landlord may find the prospective employee ineligible for employment.
Does it Pay to Use Joint Checks in Construction?
June 15, 2022
Using joint checks is an important tool in the construction industry. Joint checks can affect all parties to a construction project. However, joint checks, can create a host of problems. This blog discusses the benefits of joint checks, the legal consequences that can result from joint checks, and how to address potential issues.
Governor Signs New Condominium Legislation Requiring Inspections and Reserves
May 31, 2022
Jeffrey R. Margolis
Senate Bill 4D, which requires regular building inspections and requires condominium associations to maintain reserves, unanimously passed both the Florida House and Florida Senate on May 24th and 25th respectively. Governor DeSantis signed the bill on May 26th.