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Monthly Archives: June 2020

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Palm Beach County Mandates Face Masks in Public Buildings: Can They Do That; and What if You Refuse?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

After hearing from local residents, on Tuesday, June 23rd, Palm Beach County commissioners voted unanimously in favor of requiring face masks to be worn inside public buildings to help prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus. The 7-0 vote will mandate that masks be worn “inside businesses or any building where the public has… Read More »

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COVID-19 Employment Lawsuit: Florida Worker Alleges Workplace Safety Violations, Unpaid Overtime

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected virtually every aspect of life in South Florida, including workplace relations between employers and employees. In a recent case (Macke v. HT AirSystems of Florida), a worker has filed a lawsuit against a Central Florida contractor on the grounds that the company violated the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA)…. Read More »

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Can a Florida Employer Fire Their Employee for Protesting?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

In the wake of widespread protests over the killing of a black man by police, many people complained that they had been fired for attending the protests. But can employers in Florida actually fire their workers for protesting? In short, yes, an employee can be fired for pretty much any reason or no reason… Read More »

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How Can Florida Landlords Make Living Spaces Habitable?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

All landlords in Florida must comply with the law of habitability. In other words, a landlord has an obligation to make living spaces habitable before a tenant moves in. Unfortunately, many landlords do not know what makes a living space “habitable” and thus fail to comply with all reasonable provisions required by building, housing,… Read More »

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The Community is Remembering a Popular Florida High School Student who was Killed in Tragic Bicycle Accident

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to a report from the Miami Herald, a promising local high school student has passed away after a horrific bicycle accident in Sunny Isles Beach. Sholem Benchimol—the son of a prominent South Florida Rabbi—was a talented soccer player who was well-liked by friends and classmates. Tragically, the teenager was killed in April after… Read More »

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One Killed, One Injured in Serious Florida ATV Accident

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to a report from WKMG News 6, a 26-year-old woman was killed and a 57-year-old man was seriously injured in a North Florida ATV accident. The crash occurred in Volusia County, at an intersection along a rural stretch of Florida State Road 46 (SR-46). Below, our West Palm Beach ATV accident attorneys explain… Read More »

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Will Insurance Cover Protest-Related Damages to Your Florida Business?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

The killing of a black man by a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, triggered nationwide protests against racial injustice and police brutality. Unfortunately, protests entailed property damage to businesses, which had not still recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic that shuttered them for two months. In view of this, many business owners whose businesses are… Read More »

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Will a COVID-19 Liability Waiver Hold Up in Court?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

More and more businesses that are reopening are posting coronavirus disclaimers or requiring employees and customers to sign waivers, but there are questions about whether those waivers will actually protect businesses from liability. Will a jury really think that liability waiver is enforceable? While owners may think they are reducing the risk of a… Read More »

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Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Encourages Lawmakers to Fill the Business Interruption Insurance Gap

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic caused tremendous disruption to businesses in Florida—many companies were forced to scale back or halt operations altogether. Business interruption insurance is designed to provide companies with some financial protection if they are unable to operate. However, for a number of reasons, many companies have had their COVID-19 business interruption claim… Read More »

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How COVID-19 Can Change Directors and Officers (D&O) Liability Insurance

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

As the COVID-19 pandemic affected many aspects of running a business and created new litigation risks for business owners, certain policy provisions of directors and officers (D&O) liability coverage may change in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. What is Directors and Officers (D&O) Liability? Directors and officers liability, which is often referred to… Read More »

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