I recently bought my first commercial building! I’ve been in the real estate business for some time. I’ve bought, sold, and rented apartments and condos all over the country. I love my work. Looking at different markets and finding homes for clients is what I do best. The move to a commercial site was a huge leap for me. I’m finally making the jump from residential to commercial properties. With this leap comes a whole new set of things to consider. Now, instead of thinking about the needs of just one person, I’m thinking about the needs of a whole company, and several companies at a time. This means I’m hiring lots of different services to care for the building. I have a front-desk concierge service to help patrons and provide a front line of security. I have a cleaning service that goes through the building at night and cleans up. I have a repair service that all the companies in my building can call to get a handyman out in case anything breaks during the day. I also have a couple IT guys that are on call in case a company needs technical help with any of the office equipment.
Recently one of the executives at my building pointed out to me that the trees outside were flaking and beginning to wither. He said I needed to do something about that. It’s an aspect of commercial property ownership I had not considered before. Of course, the companies in my building want the landscaping to be pristine. They have potential clients and new hires coming in and they want the building to make a great first impression.
I was researching on what the problem could be and I found out about borers on the Hamlin Tree Care, Inc website. Hamlin Tree Care is a landscaping service that handles residential and commercial properties alike. They have the knowledge to spot and treat lots of different tree pests without causing any extra damage to trees.
Borers are insects that burrow into trees for food and shelter. That explains the small holes I’ve seen on my tree trunks, as well as the flaking bark across the trees. I don’t have the expertise to get rid of these pests on my own. I could throw chemicals at the problem, but I don’t want to damage the tree or any of the surrounding greenery. I’ll probably end up getting a tree care provider to handle the situation. I want to get rid of the borers. But even more than that, I want to hire someone that can give me advice on how to protect my trees and care for them so that they do not become infested again.
This is an aspect to commercial building ownership that I had never even considered in the past. When I rented and owned condos, the building owners took care of all of that. It was much the same situation with an apartment. I never dealt with individual home real estate because I live in a big compact city and there’s not a ton of neighborhoods until you get into the suburbs. But now that I’m entering the world of commercial property, I’m learning all about how to keep my premises attractive and maintained.
Employers have the responsibility to act appropriately in the workplace, just like their employees. Wrongful termination includes a lot of different actions, and the law protects employees from becoming victims of abusive power. Things such as discrimination, refusing to commit a crime for your employer, and whistleblowing are all instances where an employee may have been fired as an act of retaliation. When this happens, they should bring forth a wrongful termination lawsuit against their former employer.
Although employees may clearly perceive the illegal intentions of their employers to wrongfully terminate out of vengeance, it can be difficult to prove in court. Wrongful termination is a difficult claim to prove, and the court battle can be incredibly complex. Because these cases can be complicated, even for the counsels and the court, sometime myths arise about when it is wise to bring forth an employment lawsuit and when it is best to let it go.
Myth: You Can Only Sue If You Were Discriminated Against
Wrongful termination is about more than just discrimination, and the law includes the employer’s unlawful conduct in several different areas. If the violation involved public policy claims, the lawsuit can be based on the victim’s rights because the employer abused them. Many claims for wrongful termination involve retaliatory acts, which do not include discriminatory actions. For example, individuals who were fired after participating in a government investigation, calling attention to illegal acts the company was committing, or violating collective bargaining agreements may bring forth a wrongful termination lawsuit against their former employer.
Myth: Independent Contractors Cannot Bring Forth a Wrongful Termination Lawsuit
Some employers offer their employees at-will status, similar to independent contractors. While truly independent contractors are more limited with wrongful termination lawsuits than these classified employees, the law still protects them from malicious acts of termination. At-will employees may have the same types of protection as hourly or salaried employees.
Myth: If You Quit, You Forfeit Your Rights to Seek Damages
Employees who are forced to quit because of a hostile work environment can still bring forth wrongful termination lawsuits. Other instances that may force an employee to quit through constructive discharge may be dangerous or intolerable employer practices. If the employer asked or forced to resign, to save face or in disgrace, they still have the right to seek damages for the employer’s wrongful reasoning.
Myth: You Will Never Be Able to Prove Wrongful Termination
Many people doubt that their attorneys can do anything about their wrongful termination because they themselves are unsure how to move forward. An experienced and knowledgeable attorney will be able to assist you every step of the way, and they will have the ability to assist you with proving your claim. The best thing you can do is get into contact with a qualified law firm that specializes in wrongful termination and share the details surrounding your termination. They will be able to guide you towards making the best decision that is in your best interest.
Recently, I’ve found myself wanting to visit more places in the great state of Florida. While I’ve been to some of the more popular tourist-type destinations like Miami and Key West, I had never been to the town of Port St. Lucie until my family and I made a trip there recently. What I found was a charming city that is well worth the visit if you are looking for a place to go. Before going on my trip, I looked up some facts about Port St. Lucie and figured out that it was a fantastic place for a family vacation!
According to census bureau population reports (from 2015, so it is a little out of date), Port St. Lucie has about 179,000 residents, making it the 8th largest city in Florida. It is one of the biggest cities in the South Florida with about 179,000 residents, making it the 8th largest city in Florida. It is one of the biggest cities in the South Florida area, and is actually larger than Fort Lauderdale (according to sites about Port St. Lucie).
Port St. Lucie covers about 120 square miles of the eastern coast of Florida and is situated in St. Lucie County (naturally). It is about 50 miles north of West Palm Beach, and like much of South Florida, the weather is amazing! The average temperature in August is only 82 degrees, and in the winter, the average is typically in the mid-60s, which makes the climate perfect for retirees and families alike. It is close to the exciting theme park in Orlando or the bustling nightlife of Miami but also features stunning golf courses, a beautiful river, and a vibrant creative community.
Many people chose to move to the area due to the space for building, the relatively low crime rate, and the positivity of people who live in the area. The economy in Port St. Lucie is strong and there are solid plans for growth in the city, which is very attractive for those looking for a good place to move. The city government is effective and people tend to find that the overall quality of life is excellent in the city. With new growth and attractive neighborhoods being developed currently, there is a lot of excitement around the city, and that was definitely palpable when we visited. It felt like people were excited about their city and wanted to move there.
We saw new businesses, shops, law firms, medical spaces, and all sorts of economic activity in Port St. Lucie, which made me wonder if I should start a new business there! My family loved the trip and want to go back someday soon, so perhaps we will consider making this South Florida gem our home in the future. I highly recommend to all of my friends that they at least give the city a chance and go visit sometime in the near future!