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April 2015 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification News Update

The leading news in the area of independent contractor compliance and misclassification in April 2015 is the settlement by Macy’s and its logistics company in New Jersey with the delivery drivers and their helpers used by...more

If You Build It, They Will Come. But Are There Enough Construction Workers To Get It Done?

In October 2014, the Associated General Contractors of America conducted a survey of nearly 900 construction firms across 48 states and the District of Columbia to discuss construction industry hiring in 2015....more

Strategies for Avoiding Multi-Employer Liability

The past influx of federal construction project funds has brought increased scrutiny from OSHA when it comes to multi-employer liability (i.e., holding more than one employer liable for workplace safety violations stemming...more

Breach of a Safety 'Golden Rule' Does Not Give Employers an Absolute Unfair Dismissal Defence

A recent Fair Work Commission (FWC) decision reinforces that proving a work health and safety breach will not act as an impenetrable mantra to defend an unfair dismissal claim. Employers must prove they act consistently (and...more

Lee v. M&H, Wal-Mart - Court Rejects Lent Employee's Claim Against Special Employer After Employee Obtains Worker's Compensation...

Court Rejects Lent Employee's Claim Against Special Employer After Employee Obtains Worker's Compensation Benefits From General Employer. Plaintiff Lee suffered serious injuries while performing clean-up duties during...more

Cybersecurity in the Construction Industry - What Construction Executives Should Be Doing Now to Prepare for the Inevitable

Cybersecurity is everywhere in the news today because hackers have been very successful in exploiting human weaknesses across a broad array of industries. Our construction industry appears to be tempted to brush off these...more

Customer Liability Under The Minimum Wage Act: Recommendations For Reducing Liability Risks

Since the start of the year, companies have been grappling with letters from their clients (customers), in which these customers are demanding compliance with the Minimum Wage Act (MiLoG), referencing their own potential...more

April 1, 2015: New Working at Heights Training Requirements on Construction Projects

Falls from heights are one of the leading causes of critical injuries and fatalities in Ontario workplaces according to the Ministry of Labour. As a result, beginning April 1, 2015, employers in Ontario must ensure that...more

Sherman & Howard Construction Monitor Spring 2015

In this issue: - Senate Bills Tackle Construction Defect Litigation Reform - Potential Source of Lawful Labor Delayed or Halted - Excerpt from Senate Bills Tackle Construction Defect Litigation...more

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

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