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On July 1, 2013, all employers with more than ten employees will be required participate in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's E-Verify system in order to obtain a business license as part of the Illegal Immigration...more
Even though the Office of Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has not yet promulgated its promised revised construction contractor regulations, the agency sent the construction contracting community a clear enforcement...more
The 2013 Colorado Legislative Session ended on May 8, 2013. Although construction issues were not at the forefront, a few bills pertinent to the construction industry did appear and pass this Session. This advisory provides...more
In our last Alert, we assessed the philosophy of the NEC Engineering and Construction Contract (“NEC3”) against the FIDIC Conditions of Contract for EPC/Turnkey Projects (“FIDIC Silver”), with a view to...more
A new law currently being debated in Colorado's legislature could expose companies working on public projects to civil penalties if their workforce does not consist of at least 80% Colorado labor. ...more
In a surprising determination by the Department of Industrial Relations ("DIR"), a development was found to be a "public work" under Labor Code Section 1771 when a developer, in compliance with a fee ordinance, constructed...more
On April 18, 2013, the Illinois House of Representatives passed House Bill 924 on a 60–50 vote. The bill amends the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act (820 ILCS 130/2) to require that all contractors and subcontractors bidding on...more
On January 1, the Public Works Employment Verification Act went into effect in Pennsylvania. Signed into law last July, the act requires all Pennsylvania public works contractors and subcontractors involved in projects of...more
On December 21, 2012, the Office of Federal Contracts Compliance Programs ("OFCCP") published its 2013 regulatory goals in the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions ("Unified Agenda"), as required by Executive...more
On December 21, 2012, the Office of Federal Contracts Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) published its 2013 regulatory goals in the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions (“Unified Agenda”), as required by Executive...more
Web sites abound advising employees they can make “millions” by blowing the whistle on their employers for alleged violations of laws, rules, or regulations. The federal law known as the False Claims Act (FCA) also contains...more
Effective January 1, 2013, all contractors and subcontractors working on Pennsylvania public works projects will be required to verify the employment eligibility of any newly hired workers through the federal E-Verify...more
It is well-established that general contractors are responsible for their subcontractors’ compliance with Davis-Bacon. Nevertheless, we frequently encounter situations where the general contractor has failed to comply with...more
Workers Compensation reform is on the way.
Cynics might ask, didn’t we do this several years ago?
Yes we did.
In the late 1990’s, overutilization of medical services, higher-than-normal indemnity benefit costs, and...more
Labor unions have long been at odds with California charter cities over whether such cities must pay prevailing wages on public works projects. While many charter cities have either not exempted themselves from state...more
On July 5, 2012, the Governor of Pennsylvania signed into law the Public Works Verification Act (Act), which takes effect January 1, 2013. The Act requires contractors and subcontractors on public works projects with an...more
Joining a growing number of states that require employers to use E-Verify to confirm their employees’ eligibility to work in the United States, starting January 1, 2013, Pennsylvania will require Pennsylvania contractors and...more
The Davis-Bacon Act is a federal law that requires contractors to pay their laborers and mechanics prevailing wages and fringe benefits for work performed on public works construction contracts funded by federal dollars. Each...more
In a decision strongly upholding the municipal home rule doctrine, the California Supreme Court held that charter cities are not subject to state prevailing wage requirements for purely local construction projects. The Court...more
The recently signed Public Works Employment Verification Act requires contractors and subcontractors on public works projects in Pennsylvania to verify the employment eligibility of newly hired workers using the Department of...more
Participation in federal employment eligibility program required for public works contractors and subcontractors as of January 1, 2013.
Effective January 1, 2013, Pennsylvania will require certain public works...more
Nearly all State Contractors and Sub-Contractors Affected
The Public Works Employment Verification Act, signed into law on July 5, 2012, requires all contractors and subcontractors on public-works projects with the State...more
On July 2, 2012, the California Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in State Building and Constructions Trades Councils of California, AFL – CIO v. City of Vista, No. S173586. The court held that locally funded...more
On July 2, 2012, the California Supreme Court issued a decision that launched early fireworks throughout the state, either in celebration or alarm, over its far-reaching impact on public works projects. In State Building...more
Charter cities are not required to comply with California’s prevailing wage law with respect to construction contracts for public buildings, according to a July 2, 2012, California Supreme Court decision. The underlying facts...more
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