Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Court Invalidates Independent Contractor Agreements

An article by Todd Lebowitz, posted at www.mondaq.com, tells of a court decision that may be of interest to those in the field services business. In Todd’s words: “The decision shows the lengths to which courts will go to invalidate independent contractor agreements, including rejecting the parties’ contractual agreement to apply Georgia law, which would have weighed more heavily in favor of independent contractor status.” The article starts:

“Delivering another blow to the independent contractor model, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held this week that furniture delivery drivers for Affinity Logistics were employees under California law, not independent contractors. In Ruiz v. Affinity Logistics Corporation, the Court of Appeals rejected the district court’s conclusion that Affinity’s drivers were independent contractors, a decision the district court had reached based on the fact that the drivers had established their own businesses, obtained their own Employee Identification Numbers, signed independent contractor agreements, and could hire helpers or secondary drivers. The Ninth Circuit instead ruled that other factors were more important to the analysis and that California law required the conclusion that they were employees of Affinity. Continue Reading

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QC University Awards First Badge

June 3, 2014
New Cubic Yard columnist, Austyn Korpi of Florida, made a request to QC University that she be allowed to enroll and evaluate QC University’s first free online course for Property Preservation Contractors, Reading The Instructions. Austyn successfully completed the course and automatically received the FIRST BADGE AWARDED BY QC UNIVERSITY. Congratulations, Austyn.   Continue Reading

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Team Ironclad

Ironclad Preservation Beating The Talk

Ironclad Preservation Beating The Talk by Austyn Korpi

Ironclad Preservation as many of you know has been under excruciating fire from sources that do not need to be named. Yes the owner had gone down a dark path due to the stress he was under. People decided to spread lies about what was actually going on. Bret Douglas has aired his laundry countless times. He does not hide his skeletons like most do, he admits them openly in public. Continue Reading

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Joe Hummel Speaks of Core Values

Property Preservation Core Values: Integrity First

Property Preservation Core Values: Integrity First
By Joe Hummel
 

I am reminded daily of how many core values are missing in this industry when I walk into a property. Integrity is an important value that should be placed at the top of the list.  I am sure most would agree there is a lack of such values these days. I am reminded of the United States Air Force core values that rang loud in my house years ago when my wife recited them over and over, trying to perfect them entering into service; “Integrity first, Service before self, and Excellence in all we do.” Even though I never served in the Air Force, I can say these core values are needed in many industries; especially Property Preservation. These core values are a huge part of my own businesses. I recite them in my head as my wife did to keep focus in these rapidly changing times. Continue Reading

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Moldy House Article

Vacant Properties with MOLD by Michael Evangelo

As mortgage field inspectors, we are required to inspect vacant properties. Often times we encounter mold in the home and depending on your immune system, this can cause instant headaches as well as trigger asthma attacks, allergic reactions, and sinus infections.  There are literally hundreds of thousands of mold species which are all essential components of our ecosystem.  They provide decomposition of many organic substances necessary to plant, animal and human life.  Mold is a fungus that grows wherever there is moisture.  Mold spores that pass through the air find places where there is moisture to cling to.  Leaky roofs, pipes, walls or flooded areas are the breeding places for mold. In the past, we have been given liberty with not being forced to conduct interior inspections when we know that there is a mold health hazard. Due to the inexpensive availability of face masks that prevent inhalation of mold spores, we can no longer refuse to enter the property due to mold.  As often as we inspect the interior of properties, we need to think about our own health and safety. Continue Reading

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Joe Hummel Understanding Reporting Damages

Understanding Reporting by Damage Categories

Understanding Reporting by Damage Categories
By Joe Hummel

 
Understanding Reporting by Damage Categories
By Joe Hummel
TO ASSIST IN REPORTING IMPROVEMENT, I have given perspective to reporting by understanding Insurer regulation. In this case I am focusing on HUD regulations, and reporting per compliance to Convey Condition. All damage reported in a property is broken down into categories. These categories are used to itemized loss by category to remain congruent with Insurer categories mandated by mortgage type. Each Servicer client requires damage reporting per category consistent with HUD ML 2010-18, all damages are reported under the following categories affecting convey based on acceptable Conveyance standards: **This is the contractors standard to be followed while working under contract in the Property Preservation Industry servicing HUD properties. Continue Reading

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Margaret Workman A Woman In A Man's World

A Woman In A Man’s World

A WOMAN IN A MAN’S WORLD By Margaret Workman
      People always ask me, “How do you do it?” of course I say “Do what??” They say how do you succeed in a man’s world? I of course laugh and say I didn’t realize it was a man’s world, I look at it as a unisex World. I know what they mean….how can a woman survive in a male dominated industry? Continue Reading

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Guilty Until Proven Innocent by Margaret Workman

GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT
                       Do these two  Linkedin photos  look like mug shots to you?                             
                            A real BONNIE AND CLYDE don’t you think?  

Okay folks you will get a kick out of this one. Two weeks ago I got a call from an irate homeowner stating that we did a winterization on their property. That we did not have permission to go into their home and things were stolen and they were going to prosecute us to the fullest extent of the law. Continue Reading

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Game Over: Insert Two Credits… by Joe Hummel

Before I start, I would like to say thank you for the many people offering support! I am humbled knowing my insight offers some positive meaning to people. I am attempting to take a position to help our industry with effort, affiliation, and smart design. I am offering my perspective to anyone willing to think outside the box on issues. The C-Level cloud gets thick at times, and we need a strong dose of true reality- aside from the numbers. Continue Reading

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Americas Hope by Glenn Mollette

America’s Hope By Glenn Mollette

America’s Hope 
By Glenn Mollette
Christians around the globe celebrate the hope we have in the Easter message. Unfortunately, millions of Americans are faintly holding on. They are holding on to the instilled American dream they saw in grandpa or even mom and dad. It’s about the attainable dream of living securely with a job, a house, a car and trips to the grocery store. Don’t forget a trip to the doctor when necessary. Continue Reading

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