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10 Florida employers recognized as national Best Places to Work for LGBT employees

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Ten firms from the Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce Coalition received a perfect score this week on the annual Human Rights Campaign ranking of workplace equality. In an announcement Tuesday, the corporations scoring a 100 percent rating on the 2016 Corporate Equity Index include such Florida-based companies as Akerman LLP, AT&T, Florida Blue, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, Darden Restaurants, Marriott, Office Depot, Tech Data, The Walt Disney Co., and Wells Fargo. Each firm earned a spot on HRC’s list…

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Indie attorney says City of Tampa lawyer has no conflict of interest in civilian review board controversy

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Gwynne Young, the independent attorney hired by the City of Tampa’s Legal Department for $10,000 to render an opinion on whether City Attorney Julia Mandell has a conflict of interest in the controversy over a civilian review board, has determined that Mandell has no conflict. “The fact that constituents of the organization have internal disagreements does not change the fact that the lawyer’s only client is the organization,” Gwynne writes in her eight-page opinion made public on Tuesday. “The lawyer’s…

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DEO files first challenge to a local government land-use change

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The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has filed what is the first challenge to a local comprehensive plan amendment since sweeping growth management law changes passed in 2011. Legal watchers on both sides of the growth management issue — development and environmental — say the DEO move against the City of Mascotte in Lake County is significant. Business groups and local governments in 2011 supported the growth law changes that sharply reduced state oversight of local development decisions. Environmental groups said…

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