Sep. 8, 2022

Grand jury’s damning report on public schools is proof that parental choice is best

As Published in the Miami Herald

The recent grand jury report findings only confirm what parents already know — the system is broken.

Sadly, the report’s release is just another incrimination of the Broward County School Board. The grand jury consisted of 18 volunteer members of our community from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach voter rolls representing a full array of our diverse community. The investigation included a review of thousands of documents with more than 150 witnesses providing testimony. It culminated in several recommendations, including the recommendation that Gov. Ron DeSantis replace four Broward County School Board members for incompetence and neglect of duty.

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Biden Administration's Proposed New Independent-Contractor Test Can Impact Your Company's Bottom Line

SPECIAL REPORT featuring analysis from Tripp Scott's Paul O. Lopez and Brittany Hynes

Companies routinely use independent contractors for special projects and isolated assignments as a way to cut down on the normal costs connected to hiring full time W-2 employees.  However, companies often misunderstand what a true independent contractor is versus a W-2 employee. 

This can place a bullseye squarely on a company’s back either through a Department of Labor (“DOL”) audit of its classification of laborers or through federal lawsuits filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) for alleged unpaid wages and overtime owed to misclassified independent contractors who are alleged to be employees.

The Biden administration’s Labor Department is looking to make it tougher to classify a worker as an independent contractor by modifying the current U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) regulations “to be more consistent with judicial precedent and the act’s text and purpose.” Employers need to be aware of these changes and the potential impact it will have on their labor costs if fully implemented.

Tripp Scott's Ed Pozzuoli Named One of Florida Trend’s Florida 500

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., November 10, 2022 – Tripp Scott today announced that Ed Pozzuoli, CEO of Tripp Scott, was named one of Florida Trend’s Florida 500. He has been named to the list for the past five years.

Florida 500 is a special section of Florida Trend Magazine that highlights the 500 most influential executives in different economic sectors throughout the state. This immense, year-long research initiative by the editors of Florida Trend has resulted in a personal, engaging look at the state's most influential business leaders. 

An Unsigned Text Message May Become a Personal Guarantee—Believe It or Not

As Published in the Daily Business Review

In an unpublished decision issued on Oct. 13, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta held that an unsigned text message from an individual can constitute a personal guarantee of a debt of a corporation without violating Florida’s statute of frauds and in compliance with Florida’s Electronic Signature Act.

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