Preparing for the New Overtime Rules

On May 18, 2016, the United States Department of Labor announced its final determination with regard to President Obama’s Directive to “update and modernize” the regulations governing the exemption of executive, administrative and professional employees from the minimum wage and overtime pay protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  Employers have been watching this rule change process carefully, as the new regulations will now require employers to track employee hours with greater accuracy and require them to be particularly careful in properly classifying individuals presently paid a salary.

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Colorado Bicycle Laws

The Bicycle Safety Act was passed in Colorado in 2009 and codified what most people consider common sense. For example:   No hitching rides on moving vehicles; Bikes are not allowed on highways; Form a single line in heavy traffic, and; Keep at least one hand on handlebars at all times. But, did you also know that cyclist are not permitted to wear headphones or earbuds while riding?

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Investigation of Title to Water Rights and Preparation of a Water Title Opinion

The need for a title investigation of water rights usually comes up when one of our clients is buying water rights along with land or when we represent a developer or a municipality that needs to acquire a water supply.  Sometimes our client already owns the water but needs to change the uses for the water or the point of diversion.  Since title to water rights is an element to be proved in a change of use case, we need to investigate our client’s water rights to show ownership of water.

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Fuzzy Studies

Some of us think about water a lot. I like swimming in it, skiing on it, sailing over it and consuming it in an incredibly diverse array of products.  I’m mesmerized by water:  the elegant complexity of its simple molecular structure, its hydrogen bonding, its properties as a solvent, the fact that its crystalline lattice structure – similar in some respects to a diamond -- renders it less dense as a solid than as a liquid (which is why ice floats, with massive climatic consequences), its mass (resulting in its surprising weight of about 8 pounds per gallon -- which is why ocean waves are powerful, why rivers erode canyons, and why hydroelectric projects function), its dynamic properties of flow, its economic utility in all three common states of matter and the range of temperatures over which those states of matter occur, its uneven distribution across our planet and the consequences which proceed from all those attributes. 

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