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PRI logoOn December 1, the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule will go into effect. The change to the Fair Labor Standards Act will expand overtime protections to an estimated 4.2 million workers, of which over 330,000 are in Florida. The FLSA changes extend the overtime rule to cover those making less than $47,476 per year and removes some long-standing exemptions.

Bar leaders supporting Orlando United
FLORIDA BAR LEADERS recently presented the #OrlandoUnited banner, signed at the Bar’s Annual Convention, to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. The Young Lawyers Division also presented a check for $5,000 to Dyer for the OneOrlando Fund to help victims (and their families) of the Pulse massacre.

E-filing costs go up
It is costing slightly more to electronically file documents with the Florida court system following a raise in credit card and electronic check fees for using the system’s statewide e-filing portal.

Confidentiality of professionalism panels questioned
The confidentiality of records from circuit professionalism panels, continuing to promote the existence and use of those panels, and reaching lawyers before they develop bad professional habits are being addressed by the Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.
Sen. Hukill comes through for Business Law and RPPTL sections
Sen. Dorothy Hukill“If you don’t love people, you can’t do this job.” That’s Sen. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, on the phone between campaign activities, setting a time for an interview. It might be the height of the wilting Florida summer heat, but the former teacher turned lawyer sounds energized as she actively campaigns for reelection, even though voting is still four months away.

CLE courses reviewed for tech components
If the Supreme Court adopts the Bar’s request to include a technology component in the mandatory continuing education requirements for Florida lawyers, many members may find they have already met the new standard.

Committee hopes to simplify rules governing confidential information
Two complex rules governing the identification of confidential information in court filings and encouraging the minimization of filing unnecessary personal information are getting a look from the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee with an eye to simplify the regulations.

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August 1, 2016
Attorney General Pam Bondi is issuing a warning to members of The Florida Bar targeted by an ongoing imposter scam.


Chief Justice Award for Judicial Excellence event
BROWARD COUNTY JUDGE ROBERT LEE was recently presented the Chief Justice Award for Judicial Excellence. In nearly two decades on the bench, Judge Lee has built “an inspiring record of activities and accomplishments,” Chief Justice Jorge Labarga said, praising Judge Lee for his “exceptional commitment to the judicial branch as well as his energy and his creativity.”
Three Florida Supreme Court justices lead the list of 31 appellate jurists who will be on the merit retention ballot November 8, and in-state members of The Florida Bar soon will be asked their opinions of those up for retention.

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