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August 2016 Archives

Pregnancy discrimination can have serious consequences

Some Florida employers may be concerned that a pregnant employee may create a hardship for the company due to potential health issues and weeks or months of maternity leave after the birth. However, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission points out that there is a law that specifically prohibits this type of employment discrimination.

When your commercial tenant stops paying on the lease

Finding a good renter may turn your commercial real estate investment in Florida into a profitable business venture. However, when the person who signed the lease does not keep up with payments, it has the potential to turn the same situation into a devastating loss. At Welbaum Guernsey, our attorneys often provide advice to property owners who are losing money from a default on a building lease.

Donald Trump's Dangling Construction Contract Disputes

A Florida judge has ordered presidential candidate Donald Trump to pay a worker nearly $300,000 for a (heretofore) unpaid paint job at his Miami golf resort. According to USA today, this is just one of more than 3,500 legal actions involving Trump in the last the last three decades. And it is by no means unrepresentative--Trump is frequently engaged in contract disputes with all sorts of workers he and his companies hire to perform construction assignments.

Trademark infringement addressed in two civil suits

Companies in Florida and elsewhere in the United States have the right to protect themselves from unfair competition, and state and federal regulations address this through trademark infringement laws, as well as others. According to Convenience Store News, two companies have recently filed civil litigation based on what they claim are imitated logos that have allegedly harmed their businesses.

Know your options if you don't trust a trustee

Being assigned the role of estate administrator, trustee or other fiduciary is a responsibility that must be taken seriously. A person in these positions is expected to act in the best interests of another person and carry out that person's wishes in the event of death or incapacity. Unfortunately, some people take advantage of these roles and breach their fiduciary duty.

Keeping things positive: Addressing online reviews

Word-of-mouth advertising may be one of the best ways for a company in Florida to gain more customers, and the advent of the internet has boosted the potential from local to worldwide. Those who have businesses that depend on tourism may particularly enjoy this factor. However, bad business reviews are just as easily spread online, and with screenshots and sharing on social media sites, a single negative comment may spread long after it is removed.

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