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Subcontracting Smart: Labor Relations and Subcontracting Plan Obligations Between Prime Contractors and Subcontractors

Labor & Employment - General Obligations - - Prime is on the hook - Flow down all obligations to the subcontractor - Comply with all applicable labor laws - FLSA, SCA, DBA, OFCCP -...more

Davis-Bacon Act Not Applicable to D.C. Public-Private Partnerships

In a sharp rebuke to the Obama Administration's Department of Labor (DOL), a unanimous panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ruled that the Davis-Bacon Act does not require payment of...more

The Quiet War Between California’s Charter Cities and the State’s Prevailing Wage Law

Behind the scenes a quiet war is raging. A war pitting local sovereignty, on one hand, against a Depression-era law intended to help those working on state and local public works projects, on the other....more

The DIR Calls Timeout On Its New Electronic Certified Payroll Reporting Requirements

The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) recently issued a follow-up notice to public works contractors and agencies to clarify the DIR's current enforcement of its Electronic Certified Payroll (eCPR)...more

Construction E-Note - March 2016

Flint, Michigan’s problems with lead in its drinking water have been well documented, and this has prompted reports of similar problems detected in other communities, even though these are apparently not as extensive as the...more

If Employed by a Federal Government Contractor, Sometimes It Pays to Be Sick

A 286-page Notice of Proposed Rule Making was issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) in the Federal Register on February 25, 2016. The DOL estimates that 437,000 employees of federal contractors will begin to receive paid...more

Services that are Worth Less Aren’t Necessarily Worthless

The Sixth Circuit brought a refreshing sense of reality to the government’s sometimes unreal calculation of damages in False Claims Act (FCA) cases. In this case the government had sought, and won at the trial level, an award...more

Sixth Circuit Strikes a Blow to the Government's False Claims Act Damages Theory

The Sixth Circuit’s recent decision in United States ex rel. Wall v. Circle C. Construction, No. 14-6150, 2016 WL 423750 (6th Cir. Feb. 4, 2016), strikes a blow against the government’s False Claims Act (FCA) theory that, in...more

Construction E-Note - December 2015

In an article published in the November 2015 issue of North American Builders, Jason Nimmer provides insight on what it takes to successfully deliver manufacturing-related construction jobs in today’s fast-paced building...more

New Executive Order Requires Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

I have seven kids.  I fully understand the importance of “leave” from work when another kid comes along (…how did that happen?…) or when a close family member is sick.  But right now, they are all happy....more

New Legislation Threatens to Further Erode Market Share of Non-Trade Union Contractors in California

In January 2016, two new laws go into effect that will change the face of various public and private construction projects in California. These new rules represent the latest in an ongoing effort by the State Building and...more

Procurement Pulse - November 2015

Further debate on the living wage this month, as the Scottish Government issues guidance on evaluating fair working conditions that relate to the subject matter of a procurement. Useful direction from the courts on how to...more

2015-2016 California Labor & Employment Laws Affecting Construction Industry

Assembly Bill 219 – Prevailing Wages for Concrete Delivery on Public Projects - AB 219 continues California’s aggressive expansion of prevailing wages. This bill expands the definition of “public works” for purposes of...more

Zero tolerance – the new standard in the construction industry

In September 2015, the Building Code 2013 was amended to incorporate mandatory drug and alcohol testing for Commonwealth funded construction projects. From 16 October 2015, head contractors must have a comprehensive fitness...more

“BLACKLISTING” OR “BAD ACTOR” Executive Order 13673

Officially known as the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order, Executive Order 13673 now consists of proposed guidance from the Department of Labor (“DOL”) and proposed regulations from the Federal Acquisition...more

NLRB Ruling Expands Contractors’ Liability for the Actions of Subcontractors

In an August 27, 2015 split decision, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) announced a new standard for determining when businesses will be considered to be “joint employers,” significantly expanding the scope of joint...more

President Barack Obama’s Labor Day Gift to Labor: Paid Sick Leave for Employees on Federal Contracts

This week’s post is brought to us by Peter Dagostine, our colleague in Robinson+Cole’s Labor, Employment, Benefits + Immigration Group. President Obama signed an Executive Order, on Labor Day earlier this week, requiring...more

Apprentices on Public Works Projects: Sometimes it’s Not What You Do But Who You Do the Work For That Counts

If you’re a public works contractor in California you’re familiar with prevailing wages. The Prevailing Wage Law, a Depression era law designed to encourage the hiring of local labor, sets a minimum wage that employers must...more

Federal Court Upholds Louisiana Ban on Project Labor Agreements

A federal court in the Eastern District of Louisiana recently ruled that Louisiana’s ban on project labor agreements on public works projects was neither unconstitutional nor preempted by the National Labor Relations Act...more

Indiana Employment Law Update: 5 Changes to Laws You Should Know

A number of significant changes to Indiana employment law took effect on July 1, 2015. These changes affected employer’s obligations in areas such as hiring, wages, discrimination, and termination. If employers have not...more

Executive Order Requiring Paid Sick Leave In the Works

We previously reported on other recently executed Executive Orders and it appears there is another in the works directed to government contractors. The new Executive Order circulating Washington will likely mandate paid sick...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - July 2015 #3

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DOC Issues Final Rule Regarding Federal Awarding Agency Regulatory Implementation of OMB’s Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards - The...more

Heads up! Inflation Adjustments To Acquisition Thresholds Are Just Around The Corner

On July 2, 2015, the FAR Council issued a Final Rule that amends the FAR, effective October 1, 2015, to implement inflation-based adjustments to certain acquisition-related monetary thresholds. 80 Fed. Reg. 38293. The...more

DOL Invites Comments on Requirement That Bidders Disclose Employment Law Violations

President Obama’s Executive Order 13673, called the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Order, uses the prospect of gaining or losing an edge in winning government contracts to provide a powerful incentive for employers to comply...more

OFCCP Files Suit Against Federal Subcontractor Staffing Agency for Alleged Discrimination and Harassment

In a complaint filed on June 17, 2015, OFCCP alleges that a staffing agency that supplies laborers to work for federal prime construction contractors at the prime contractors’ construction sites, permitted the prime...more

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