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Copyright Protection Extends to Photography

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

When we create a work of art or a piece of literature, we generally know that it has some kind of copyright protection. It is (presumably) our own creation, and only we are allowed to profit off of our intellectual works. But photography seems like it should be different. After all, you didn’t create… Read More »

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What Happens When Your Tenant Files for Bankruptcy?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

You have a good tenant, paying rent in your commercial building on a regular basis. Then it happens—you get notified that your tenant is filing for bankruptcy. What will happen? Will you ever get paid? Can you evict the tenant? Initial Steps First, once you are served with the notice of the bankruptcy, you… Read More »

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Four Bicycle Safety Tips for Parents

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Bicycles are a great form of fun, exercise, and ever transportation for children. At the same time, bikes can also be dangerous if proper safety precautions are not taken. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 475,000 people are injured in bicycle accidents every year. Alarmingly, public safety experts note that… Read More »

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Florida Teenager Killed in Tragic Late Night Boating Accident

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to a report from The Suncoast News, a 16-year-old girl was killed in a tragic boating accident near Indian Shores, Florida. Authorities believe seven teenagers were on board the boat when the one-vessel crash occurred. The responding police officers told reporters that they are still investigating whether or not alcohol was a factor… Read More »

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DOL Recovers More than $500,000 in Back Wages on Behalf of Employees of Two Miami Area Companies

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On November 10th, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced the recovery of approximately  $541,026 in financial compensation on behalf of 134 employees at two Miami-area aviation services companies—Turbine Engine Center Inc., and Miami NDT Engine Services LLC. According to the agency, the engine repair companies violated the minimum wage and overtime provisions of… Read More »

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Employees Who are Domestic Violence Victims Have to be Given Leave

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Domestic violence is a terrible thing, and many of us do whatever we can to bring awareness to this scourge. Your business should be aware of the laws that your business must follow when you have employees that are victims of domestic violence. The Domestic Violence Leave Law The law is called the Florida… Read More »

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Constructive Discharge can Lead to Employment Law Claims

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Whenever you fire an employee, there is always the risk of a lawsuit. As we have written about in this blog, there are a seemingly unending number of situations where terminating an employee can result in a discrimination lawsuit, or even a wage claim, or an allegation of the violation of another federal law… Read More »

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Extensions of Noncompete Agreements Should be in Writing

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

As a general rule, oral contracts can be enforceable. The problem with oral agreements is twofold: First, it can be hard to prove what the exact nature of the terms of the agreement were. The second problem is that there are categories of contracts which are never enforceable unless they are put in writing…. Read More »

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An Overview of Texting While Driving Laws in Florida

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Distracted driving is dangerous driving. There is perhaps no more common—or more dangerous—type of distracted driving than texting. As noted by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), texting and driving contributes to tens of thousands of motor vehicle accidents in the state each year. To address the safety problem, Florida… Read More »

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Report: Some Non-Traditional Nursing Homes Fared Better During COVID-19 Pandemic

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to a report from The Washington Post, a number of different non-traditional nursing homes have fared better than their more traditional counterparts during the COVID-19 pandemic. In effect, some facilities were able to prevent any patient/resident exposure to the virus. This stands in sharp contrast to some traditional nursing homes that were hit… Read More »

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