Florida Insights by Bill Perry

As Florida’s Law Firm for Business, Gunster advises many Florida businesses on their employment issues. However, once in a while, we are asked to represent a person whose legal rights have been abused. In some cases, our social conscience and morality dictate that we must take certain cases.


Court Ruling Could Impact Property Values: SB 360 Invalidated

Senate Bill 360, which was designed to help property owners and developers preserve property values during the economic downturn, was dealt a serious blow. A trial court invalidated the entire statute based on a finding that one section was invalid. If left standing, this could seriously impact property owners and developers struggling to keep projects alive.


My company is expanding to do business in Europe and Latin America. I have heard that I need to be aware of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). What is it and how can I protect myself?

The FCPA, enacted in 1977, generally prohibits U.S. citizens, companies and certain foreign issuers of securities, from making or giving (or offering to make or give) a corrupt payment, or anything of value to a foreign official in order to retain business or gain any improper business advantage. If you are a public company, the […]


Cloud Computing: Advantages and Disadvantages

Cloud computing has become a standard method of software operation for many businesses. It offers many significant advantages, including potential cost savings. There are, however, some significant risks associated with cloud computing. What are some of the factors that companies and entrepreneurs should be aware of in the cloud computing context?






Financing Your Early Stage Company

Financing is often the most important focus for an early stage company. This is usually not healthy, as it can distract the entrepreneur from the key strategic and tactical issues that he or she is facing, but it’s understandable since running out of money normally means game over.


Our organization is storing more and more records electronically. We are planning to move to electronic storage of our Employment Eligibility Verification forms (Forms I-9). I heard the Department of Homeland Security finalized its rule on electronic storage of I-9s. What are the changes from the former Interim Rule on electronic storage?

On July 21, 2010, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it had finalized a regulation that provides greater flexibility for employers to electronically sign and store I-9 forms, which are used by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to verify employment. The Final Rule, published in the Federal Register on July 22nd […]


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