Answering Questions for Prospective Vocational Rehabilitation Vendors

Answering Questions for Prospective Vocational Rehabilitation Vendors

Vocational Rehabilitation (or VR) is a federal-state program. The program aims to help people with physical or mental disabilities to find and hold down a job. VR is focused on helping people with disabilities establish meaningful careers. For individuals to become eligible for VR services, they must: Have a physical, mental, emotional or learning disability that is a barrier to gainful employment Need VR to help prepare the individual to gain or keep employment Be able to benefit from the VR services   What is a Vocational Rehabilitation Vendor? Vocational Rehabilitation vendors are individuals or business that makes their services available to VR customers that will help contribute to the goal of employment. This includes services such as medical services, opportunities for training, and specialized equipment. Vocational Rehabilitation will register all vendors from whom services are purchased for VR customers.    What are the Different Types of Services That Vocational Rehabilitation Offers? As per their website, Vocational Rehabilitation offers: Medical and Psychological Assessment – to determine what the client needs in terms of medical and psychological support Vocational Evaluation and Planning – to determine what the client is capable of, and take steps to meet that potential Career Counselling and Guidance – here, vocational counselors will talk with VR clients to determine skills and interests and define work goals. Training and Education After High School – this can include programs and classes that teach specific job skills,  On-the-Job Training – including vocational training, clients, receive the skills they need to pursue a specific career Supported Employment Services – such as a job coach to help the client manage the...

How to Find the Best General Contractor for the Job in Florida

Before starting work on a renovation, extension, or building project in Florida, someone with a valid general contractor’s license will need to oversee the project and hiring the right person will be the first thing that needs to be done. This is one of the most important steps and shouldn’t be rushed. The individual should have the right credentials, they need to have a valid license, and they should also have the right experience to be able to complete the job successfully. Once the general contractor for the project has been hired, they will then be able to hire the relevant sub-contractors, including plumbers, carpenters, and electricians. There are two main checks that should be done before hiring a general contractor: 1. Check That the General Contractor’s License is Valid In Florida, the regulation of general contractors is overseen by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), and they have all the licensed contractors listed online on MyFloridaLicense.com. It is possible to search by Licensee Name, Licensee Number, by City or County, or by License Type. Simply navigate to the website, type in the details, and search. For a more general search, the best option is to search by city to receive a list of licensed contractors. Check the Details of the License The results will show the type of license, the license number, and the status. Pay particular attention to the status – it should be Current, Active (not Revoked, Null and Void or Suspended). By clicking on any of the results, it is then possible to see the contact details – check those against those...
The Role and Requirements for a General Contractor in Tampa, Florida

The Role and Requirements for a General Contractor in Tampa, Florida

Many homeowners in Florida are comfortable with hiring a handyman or specialist for specific home-related jobs. This would include smaller tasks such as replacing a toilet, laying new flooring or installing a generator. Yet, for bigger jobs, such as a kitchen remodel, the work quickly becomes significantly more complicated. In projects such as this, several specialists are hired to complete the different parts of the job. However, most jobs build on one another and therefore must be scheduled in a particular order. It is the responsibility of the general contractor in Florida, to schedule each specialist in the correct order and to ensure that all jobs are completed with ease and success. Each subcontractor, from the plumber, to the flooring specialist, to the person fitting the cupboards, needs to be managed and coordinated correctly.   The Role of a General Contractor This is where the skills of a general contractor come to the forefront. It is their responsibility to assess the full scope of the project from the very initial meeting with the homeowner. The GC is responsible for devising the project plan to ensure its successful completion within the estimated timeframe and budget. General contractors also serve as the primary point of contact for all subcontractors and the client. To manage this successfully, you will need to have a good understanding of all aspects of home remodeling and be able to answer any questions that the homeowner has. This includes insights into the specific types of needed building materials and the skill level and number of workers that will be required for the job. You will also need...
Workers’ Compensation Requirements for Florida General Contractors

Workers’ Compensation Requirements for Florida General Contractors

Workers’ compensation insurance is required for contractors in Florida. What are the requirements for coverage? Should you apply for exemptions? What are the pros and cons of coverage versus exemptions? This is your guide to workers’ compensation insurance for general contractors in Florida. Florida Coverage Requirements All contractors working within the State of Florida must carry workers’ compensation insurance for each of their employees. This includes the owner and any corporate officers or LLC (Limited Liability Company) members. General contractors are responsible for making sure that subcontractors carry the proper insurance for their own employees. If the subcontractor is not covered, those employees are considered, by law, to be the employees of the general contractor, who is now liable for any injuries that occur. For this reason, many general contractors require the subcontractors that they work with to provide proof of current workers’ compensation coverage before any work can begin. Exemptions Certain individuals within a company, such as the owner and corporate officers, may obtain an exemption from workers’ compensation coverage. These individuals must hold at least 10 percent ownership in the company. No more than three officers are eligible for exemption at any time. The exemption requires an application form called the Notice of Election to be Exempt. Once this is approved, a Certificate of Election to be Exempt is issued. This certificate must be renewed annually to remain valid. Coverage vs. Exemption Workers’ compensation coverage is the option preferred by the State of Florida. It reduces your liability in the event of on-site injury. Even if an independent contractor, not covered under your policy, is injured, they...
Guide to Annual Reports for General Contractors in Florida

Guide to Annual Reports for General Contractors in Florida

All general contractors in the state of Florida are required to file annual reports with the Secretary of State. Not doing so can result in harsh penalties. Here is your guide to everything you need to know about filing your annual reports in Florida. Why File Annual Reports? Because it’s the law. All Florida contractors are required to file an annual report between January 1 and May 1 of each year, though even the Secretary of State encourages early filing. This will prevent a lot of potential setbacks that could cost you. What Happens if You’re Late? There is a late fee for those who miss the May 1 deadline. This fee will cost you $400. You might also face reinstatement fees that could exceed $900, since the annual report is necessary for maintaining the active status of an LLC or corporation. Nonprofits are not charged a late fee, but they may still face other penalties, such as administrative dissolution, which takes away the nonprofit’s rights, powers, and authority. What if You Make a Mistake on Your Report? You should triple-check every bit of information in the report. Unfortunately, once the report has been submitted, it cannot be changed or canceled. An inaccurate report can also result in expensive penalties. Make sure you sign and date the form, and confirm all information for all officers, directors, members, managers, trustees, and agents. Where Does the Report Go To? All annual reports are filed with the Florida Division of Corporations, part of the Florida Department of State. How Much Will It Cost? There is typically a filing fee that must be...
What You Need to Obtain a Florida Contractor’s License

What You Need to Obtain a Florida Contractor’s License

If you are planning to move to Florida, you may need to renew your contractor’s license when you arrive. If your state has different requirements for a contractor’s license, you will need to retake the licensing exam. In order to work in Florida, you need to pass two exams, one in business and finance and the other in your specific trade. Get Proper Documentation form Your Home State Before Leaving You have to have documentation that shows that you have a minimum of four years’ experience in your specific trade.  Apart from this, you will need further documentation such as a credit report and a financial statement, such as an up to date bank statement, which shows that you have a net worth of between $2,500 and $20,000, depending on your type of employment. You also have to be certified by the Construction Industry Licensing Board before beginning to work. These documents may be easier to obtain while you’re already in your home state, so if you haven’t left yet or if you need to go back soon to tie up other loose ends, it’s best to gather everything you need while you have a chance to do it more easily. Adequate Insurance is a Basic Requirement If you pass your exams, you will need general liability insurance in order to operate in Florida.  The minimum amount of coverage required for physical injury is $300,000 and in addition you will need added coverage of $50,000 for damage to property. Although this is standard practice for anywhere in the country, the required coverage may differ from where you’re originally from,...