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Florida minimum wage increasing by $1 on September 30th

<big><strong><span style="color: #ff9900;">Florida minimum wage increasing by $1 on September 30th</span></strong></big>
In case you forgot, Florida’s minimum wage is increasing by $1 at the end of the month. On September 30, 2022, Florida’s minimum wage will increase to $11 per hour.

Florida employers may be paying less for workers’ compensation insurance in 2023

<big><strong><span style="color: #ff9900;">Florida employers may be paying less for workers’ compensation insurance in 2023</span></strong></big>
Florida employers may be paying less for workers’ compensation insurance in 2023. The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) is recommending an overall average rate level decrease of 8.4 percent for next year.

What can employers do to help employees with surging inflation?

<big><strong><span style="color: #ff9900;">What can employers do to help employees with surging inflation?</span></strong></big>
Inflation. Inflation. Inflation. That seems to be what everyone is talking about these days, and with good reason. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the year-over-year consumer price index jumped 9.1 percent in June 2022.

Florida condominiums preparing for initial structural integrity reserve study

<big><strong><span style="color: #ff9900;">Florida condominiums preparing for initial structural integrity reserve study</span></strong></big>
Florida condominium associations are now required to complete a structural integrity reserve study for buildings that are three or more stories high.

New EEOC guidance limits employers’ ability to test employees for COVID-19

<big><strong><span style="color: #ff9900;">New EEOC guidance limits employers’ ability to test employees for COVID-19</span></strong></big>
New guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission may limit an employer’s ability to test employees for COVID-19 going forward.

5 things condominiums need to know about Florida’s new “milestone inspection” requirement

<big><strong><span style="color: #ff9900;">5 things condominiums need to know about Florida’s new “milestone inspection” requirement</span></strong></big>

Florida enacted a new “milestone inspection” requirement for condominium associations to ensure aging buildings remain safe for continued use. The hope is that a statewide mandatory structural inspection requirement will prevent a repeat of last year’s tragic collapse in Surfside, Florida. Here are five things every condominium association board member needs to know about Florida’s new milestone inspection requirement.

New reporting requirement for Florida condominium associations

<big><strong><span style="color: #ff9900;">New reporting requirement for Florida condominium associations</span></strong></big>
Did you know that a new reporting requirement for Florida condominium associations recently became law? It was enacted during a special legislative session in response to last year’s Champlain Towers collapse in Surfside, Florida

Risk of workplace injuries higher among first-year employees

<big><strong><span style="color: #ff9900;">Risk of workplace injuries higher among first-year employees</span></strong></big>
Did you know that the risk of workplace injuries is higher among first-year employees? A recent analysis of workers’ compensation claims by Travelers revealed that an employee’s first year on the job is often the most dangerous.

NOAA predicts above-average hurricane activity for seventh consecutive year

<big><strong><span style="color: #ff9900;">NOAA predicts above-average hurricane activity for seventh consecutive year</span></strong></big>
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its predictions for the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season. For the seventh consecutive year, forecasters are predicting above-average storm activity.

DHS proposes Form I-9 overhaul and extends pandemic-related compliance flexibilities

<big><strong><span style="color: #ff9900;">DHS proposes Form I-9 overhaul and extends pandemic-related compliance flexibilities</span></strong></big>
The Department of Homeland Security is proposing an overhaul of its Employment Eligibility Verification form a/k/a Form I-9.

New law ends forced arbitration of sexual harassment claims

<big><strong><span style="color: #ff9900;">New law ends forced arbitration of sexual harassment claims</span></strong></big>
A new federal law prohibits employers from forcing employees to arbitrate sexual harassment claims.

Florida Issues Updated COVID-19 Guidance for Child Care Facilities

<big><strong><span style="color: #ff9900;">Florida Issues Updated COVID-19 Guidance for Child Care Facilities</span></strong></big>
On February 24, 2022, Florida's Department of Health made significant changes to its COVID-19 guidance for child care facilities.