Can You Require an Employee to Get a COVID Vaccine?

Recent announcements regarding the availability of vaccines for the COVID-19 virus have been both exciting and concerning for some employers and employees. Vaccinations are being rolled out nationwide and (hopefully) soon will be available for the general population. Employers now need to consider how they will address questions and concerns with respect to the vaccination…

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A Refresher On Current Solar Tax Incentives: It’s Important To Act Fast – 2020 Update

Solar Farm

For a number of years, certain Federal, state and local tax incentives have been available to promote, among other things, the importance of renewable energy like solar power. These incentives benefit Florida’s business owners and residents who choose to implement solar energy systems on their property. Although this article focuses on opportunities for solar power,…

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October Update: COVID-19 Impacts on Florida’s Budget

Financial Forecast

Yesterday, the Florida Office of Economics and Demographics Research released the October Revenue Report providing details regarding receipts and distributions to the State’s general revenue fund during the month of October.  This report generally reflects September retail sales tax activity. Florida’s general revenue fund is the main source of discretionary funding for the State.  In…

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Florida’s Foreclosure Moratorium Has Ended. What Now?

Florida’s moratorium on residential foreclosures expired at midnight on Sept. 30, 2020, when Gov. Ron DeSantis did not extend his previous orders that stopped both foreclosures and evictions that were related to COVID-19. This ends a long period of uncertainty for lenders and landlords that began with the governor’s first order in April. Since personal…

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Gaming Industry Thought Leaders Gather Virtually to Examine Regulatory and Legal Challenges for Gaming

Tallahassee, Florida – Dean Mead partner, Marc W. Dunbar, joined international gaming law thought leaders at the first International Masters of Gaming Law Virtual Conference November 10-12. “Now more than ever, as world economies, businesses and gambling operations everywhere are continue to navigate a global pandemic, it is important to convene experienced thought leaders and…

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Prepare for a Surge in Bankruptcies if the Pandemic Continues

Since bankruptcies usually rise with unemployment, we anticipate we will see a surge of consumer and commercial filings in early 2021 if we don’t stop the spread of COVID-19 and its ravaging effects on the economy. We already have seen high-profile bankruptcies in the retail and hospitality industries, and that may be a harbinger of…

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Florida Voters Approve Two Property Tax-Related Constitutional Amendments

State and Local Florida Taxation News

Florida voters approved two amendments to the Florida Constitution that appeared on the November 3, 2020 general election ballot. These amendments expand existing homestead property tax relief for surviving spouses of veterans with permanent combat-related disabilities and for portability of the general homestead exemption benefit.  A third amendment, not directly tax-related but with implications for…

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