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Colorado Shifts Financial Responsibility Between Construction Professionals

Colorado Shifts Financial Responsibility Between Construction Professionals By Chad M. McShane Effective July 1, 2007, indemnity provisions in construction contracts will no longer be enforced if the provisions protect the indemnified party (“indemnitee”) from the indemnitee’s own negligence or fault. Construction contracts as defined within the new provisions in C.R.S. § 13-21-111.5 (“Civil Liability Cases – Read More

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Proper Documentation of Employee Performance: An Essential Element of Good Employer Practices

Proper Documentation of Employee Performance: An Essential Element of Good Employer Practices By Dan Block It is a problem that occurs often in business-law. A supervisor fires a poorly performing employee because of the employee’s unsatisfactory performance. The employee contends that he or she was a victim of illegal discrimination based on his or her age, Read More

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Federal Judge Issues Injunction Temporarily Preventing Enforcement of New, Much Higher Minimum Salary Requirement for “Exempt” Employee Status

Federal Judge Issues Injunction Temporarily Preventing Enforcement of New, Much Higher, Minimum Salary Requirement for “Exempt” Employee Status November 28, 2016 By Dan Block A U.S. District Judge in Texas has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction temporarily preventing the effectiveness of the new final rule of the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) under the Fair Read More

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New Colorado Laws Expand Rights of Employees and Job Applicants Affected by Pregnancy or Recent Childbirth, Allow Employees to Inspect Personnel Files, and Eliminate an Employment Eligibility Requirement

New Colorado Laws Expand Rights of Employees and Job Applicants Affected by Pregnancy or Recent Childbirth, Allow Employees to Inspect Personnel Files, and Eliminate an Employment Eligibility Requirement June 2016 By Dan Block Among other bills impacting business-law and other organizations in Colorado, two bills imposing new requirements on employers and one bill eliminating a Read More

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Employee Manuals and Policies: Changes in NLRB Positions and Colorado Law

Employee Manuals and Policies: Changes in NLRB Positions and Colorado Law July 30, 2015 By Dan Block Among other significant employee-favorable or union-favorable actions, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has in the past year taken positions related to restrictions on employee communications that are in significant conflict with past NLRB positions on those issues. Read More

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Supreme Court Delivers Long-Awaited Decision in Bilski Case “Business Method” Patents Are Still Viable, And it’s Business As Usual for Patent Licensors and Licensees … For Now

Supreme Court Delivers Long-Awaited Decision in Bilski Case “Business Method” Patents Are Still Viable, And It’s Business As Usual For Patent Licensors And Licensees…For Now “BUSINESS METHOD” PATENTS ARE STILL VIABLE, AND IT’S BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR PATENT LICENSORS AND LICENSEES–FOR NOW By Jeff Bartholomew August 1, 2010 Introduction On June 28, 2010, the United States Read More

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SEC Approves Sixth (and Final) Extension for Non-Accelerated Filers to Include Auditor’s Attestations in Annual Reports

SEC Approves Sixth (and Final) Extension for Non-Accelerated Filers to Include Auditor’s Attestations in Annual Reports SEC Urges all Non-Accelerated Filers to “Work With Their Auditors to Comply” With Sarbanes-Oxley Requirements On October 2, 2009, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved a six-month extension for “non-accelerated filers” to comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley requirement that Read More

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The ADA Amendments: Are All Employees Now Disabled?

The ADA Amendments: Are All Employees Now Disabled? By Administrator August 2009 Amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (the “ADA”) became effective in 2009, and the amendments made major changes to the ADA that employers with 15 or more employees should be familiar with. The most significant changes to the ADA greatly Read More

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