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How to Prepare for Increased OSHA COVID-19 Workplace Inspections

Posted in COVID-19, Legal Alerts on November 6, 2020

SARS-CoV-2, known commonly as the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, has caused economic uncertainty and increased scrutiny on safety in the workplace. To help business owners adapt to new protocols and help slow the spread of the virus, OSHA has issued new guidance about increasing the frequency of inspections and new record keeping requirements.

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Best Practices for Drafting Coronavirus Liability Waivers

Posted in COVID-19, Legal Alerts on October 26, 2020

With state and local restrictions lifting, many business owners are making the decision to reopen their doors to remain financially stable, even as they evaluate the risks of providing services for clients during a pandemic. Knowing the dangers of the coronavirus, owners must do everything they can to protect their businesses, which may include asking customers to sign a COVID-19 liability waiver prior to services being rendered. 

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Discovery of Cellphone Information

Posted in Legal Alerts, Newsletters - 2020 on August 27, 2020

Yesterday, the Third District Court of Appeal issued an important opinion relating to the discovery of cellphone information.  In Aguila v. Frederic, 45 Fla. L. Weekly D2043 (Fla. 3d DCA, Aug. 26, 2020), the appellate court quashed a trial court order compelling disclosure of discovery relating to a civil defendant’s possession and use of his mobile phone during a crash that gave rise to wrongful death litigation.  

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Miami-Dade is Conducting its First Jury Trial Online

Posted in Legal Alerts, Newsletters - 2020 on July 9, 2020

The jury selection portion of the Miami-Dade Courts’ Virtual Jury Trial Pilot will commence on Thursday, July 9th. Jurors will appear in a Virtual Courtroom via Zoom.

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COVID-19 General Liability Concerns as Florida Enters Phase 2

Posted in COVID-19, Legal Alerts on June 12, 2020

On June 3, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that most of Florida, exclusive of some South Florida counties, would enter Phase 2 of the Re-Open Florida Task Force’s Plan for Florida’s Recovery. Phase 2 permits restaurants to open at 50% capacity indoors exclusive of employees.  For the first time, bars, defined as “any licensee authorized to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on premises that derive more than 50% of its gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages” may open and operate at 50% capacity indoors with bar areas to be open with seated service. The re-opening provision does not apply to nightclubs, which must remain closed.  Both restaurants and bars may open outdoor seating, the only limitation being with “appropriate social distancing.” Executive Order 20-68 modified earlier Executive Orders and took effect on June 5, 2020.   

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