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Partner, Christina Harris Schwinn discusses Bills in Pipeline Could Impact Workplace

Now is not the time for business complacency. The 2014 Legislative Session is approaching, and there’s a slew of state and federal bills that could impact Southwest Florida employers. With debates ranging from workplace bullying to social media privacy and minimum wage, experts said it’s important

Florida Supreme Court rules that Implied Warranty of Habitability applies to “essential services” improvements in common areas in residential subdivisions.

Maronda Homes, Inc. v. Lakeview Reserve Home Owners Assn. 2013 WL 3466814 (Fla. July 11, 2013) The Lakeview Reserve HOA sued Maronda Homes, Inc., developer of the Lakeview Reserve residential subdivision in Orange County, due to drainage systems that failed to operate properly causing flooding, erosion, road

Confidentiality, Noncompete and Nonsolicitation Agreements: One Size Does Not Fit All

Written by: Christina Harris Schwinn Many businesses in Florida use confidentiality, noncompete and nonsolicitation agreements to protect their confidential information and customer relationships.  Of the three types of restrictive agreements, a confidentiality agreement is the least restrictive, the noncompete agreement is the most restrictive, and the

Florida’s New Definition of Misconduct for Unemployment Insurance Compensation Purposes – A Change for the Better

Effective July 1, 2011, the Florida Legislature enacted amendments to Chapter 443 of the Florida Statutes governing unemployment compensation benefits and taxes.  Prior to the July 1, 2011 amendment, many employers complained about an employee being able to receive unemployment benefits even though the employee