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You’ve Just Become Your Brother’s Keeper - Construction Practice Newsletter

On September 28, 2014, the Governor signed AB 1897, which imposes on employers who obtain or are provided workers to perform labor within the employer’s usual course of business from a labor contractor (referred to as a...more

Department of Industrial Relation’s New Registration Program for Public Works Projects - Construction Practice Newsletter

This past year, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 854 which went to effect immediately. The bill requires that public works contractors register through the California Department of Industrial Relations...more

2015 Construction Law Update - Construction Practice Newsletter

Over 2,200 bills were introduced during the second and final year of the 2013-2014 legislative session, of which 931 were signed into law. For the design and construction industry the end of the second session, like...more

Everything is Awesome! Construction Workers are the Happiest Employees on Earth

Warner Bros. may have been onto something with The Lego Movie, about a happy-go-lucky, yet everyday man, Lego construction worker named Emmet Brickowski, who reluctantly assumes the role of the prophesied “Special” and saves...more

New Prevailing Wage Law in West Virginia

This month, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomlin signed Senate Bill 361, which significantly adjusts the state’s calculation of prevailing wages to establish an amount more reflective of actual earnings in regions across...more

DOT Announces Pilot Program Permitting Local Hiring Preferences - FHWA-Funded Projects Require Prior Approval; FTA-Funded Projects...

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a pilot program that would permit state and local recipients of federal highway and federal transit funds to issue solicitations with "local hire" preferences. DOT also...more

Failing to Pay Prevailing Wages May Have Just Cost You More Than You Thought

Mechanics lien claims, payment bond claims, stop payment notice claims, delay claims, defect claims, abandonment claims . . . With the variety of claims unique to construction projects it’s easy to forget that...more

The Construction Advantage – Issue 15

2015 NLRB Developments - The National Labor Relations Board is now fully and legally appointed, after the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated recess appointments made in 2013. The new NLRB continues to expand its agenda,...more

Tips for Suspending Work for Non-Payment without Getting Fired

All work and no pay making you crazy? A temporary suspension of work may be an appropriate self-help remedy for an owner’s or contractor’s non-payment. Although termination of the contract for the material breach of...more

Keep an Eye on Executive Orders and Presidential Memoranda for Key Employment Initiatives in 2015

With Republicans in control of both the Senate and the House of Representatives, the showdown between President Obama and Congress on the labor and employment front promises to continue into 2015. Expect to see the...more

General Contractor, Not Employer

JP Cullen was the general contractor on a public renovation project. A subcontractor, EMI, hired its own subcontractors, including UCI. JP Cullen gave UCI work orders, and UCI passed those orders on to its employee, Walter...more

OHSA charges were adequately particularized, court finds: disclosure showed violations Crown intended to prove

A judge has rejected an employer’s argument that Occupational Health and Safety Act charges against it were unclear and that the Crown was required to provide further “particulars” of the charges so the employer could defend...more

Security Guards Are Entitled To Compensation For All On-Call Hours Spent At Employer’s Worksite

CPS employed on-call guards to provide security at construction worksites. Part of each guard’s day was spent on active patrol. Each evening, guards were required to remain on call and on premises at the worksite to respond...more

Settlement Reminds Employers Probationary Periods Are Not Immune to the ADA

Many employers reserve the right to terminate a new employee at any time during a "probationary period" if they find a new hire is not suited for the job. All too often, this gives employers a false sense of security in the...more

HUD Clarifies How Davis-Bacon Applies to Project-Based Voucher and RAD Programs

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently published a new notice pertaining to the applicability of Davis-Bacon labor requirements to housing considered to be “existing” housing under the...more

Full Federal Court Cleans Up the Mess on Light Brownfields Enterprise Agreements

The Full Court of the Federal Court (Court) has handed down its decision in Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union v John Holland Pty Ltd [2015] FCAFC 16 (24 February 2015) which clarifies the approval process for...more

OSHA’s Recordkeeping Rules Now Apply to Real Estate Industry Sectors

For the past 40 years, OSHA has required the majority of employers with ten (10) or more employees to maintain records of workplace illness, injury, or death. Those same employers are also required to post the annual summary...more

Restrictive Covenants in the Construction Industry: An Often Overlooked and Underutilized Source of Protection

Restrictive covenants come in many forms; they can be stand-alone agreements, such as a confidentiality agreement, or they can be included in various types of contracts, such as noncompete or nonsolicitation provisions in...more

Look Out Below

How Subs Can Cause Problems For General Contractors - The U.S. Labor Department (DOL) often sets its sights up the food chain, focusing enforcement efforts on general contractors (GCs) for the wage violations of their...more

Construction Case Law Update - March 2015

Racial discrimination; City Contracting Ordinances; Federal Affirmative Action Compliance in Contracting – Plaintiff-contractor sued the City of Jacksonville, alleging racial discrimination against him and other...more

Employer on OSHA Severe Violator List Fined $1.76 Million Over Widespread Employee Injuries

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration maintains a Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP) that concentrates inspection and enforcement resources on employers alleged to have committed repeated or willful...more

CDM Regulations 2015

The Construction, Design and Management Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015 Regulations) have now been laid before Parliament and are due to come into force on 6 April 2015, ushering in several significant changes to health and safety...more

Construction and Engineering Alert: CDM 2015 - The Biggest Health And Safety Change For Construction In A Decade

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 have finally been laid before Parliament and will come into force on Easter Monday 6 April. The new regulations ("CDM 2015") need to be on your radar if you are...more

Letters of the Law: 'C' is for Completion

When does “complete” not necessarily mean “complete”? Answer: In a construction project. A common feature of construction contracts is that they include a mechanism for the contractor’s works to be handed over...more

Arizona Residential Fall Protection Statute Repealed

By the actions of the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Federal OSHA), today the Arizona-specific residential fall protection statute has been repealed. Effective tomorrow, February 7, 2015, Arizona...more

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