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Failure to Register Public Works Projects with DIR Could Result in Penalties - New California Law Takes Effect Immediately

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

This week, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law SB 96, which permits the Department of Industrial Relations to impose fines and penalties on local government agencies for failing to comply with certain prevailing wage laws....more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 6/26-6/30

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week...more

Department of Labor withdraws joint employer guidance

by McAfee & Taft on

A joint employer relationship can arise in circumstances where an individual performs work for two entities that share control over how that individual performs his/her work. Although joint employment relationships are most...more

Are We Ever Going to Get OSHA Guidance from the Trump Administration?

by Fisher Phillips on

No one thought that on June 22, we would still not know the Trump administration's enforcement position on the recordkeeping anti-retaliation requirements, including about automatic post-accident drug testing, the Silica...more

2017 and the West Virginia Legislature - The Year of the Employer

The 2017 regular session of the West Virginia Legislature saw several changes in laws relevant to employers. Changes of interest to employers include the West Virginia Safer Workplace Act, Second Chance for Employment Act,...more

President Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order and the Construction Industry

“We will have two simple rules when it comes to this massive rebuilding effort, buy American and hire American” – President Donald Trump On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order No. 13788 implementing his...more

Double Deja Vu: AB 219 is Reinstated!

PREVAILING WAGE LAW is California’s “other” minimum wage. It requires workers to be paid union wages on publicly funded construction projects. ...more

President Trump Repeals Contractor “Blacklisting” Rule

Former President Obama’s so-called “Blacklisting” rule was short-lived. On Monday, President Trump signed a joint resolution eliminating the rule, which had required bidders on federal projects with a value in excess of...more

Construction E-Note - March 2017

by Burr & Forman on

In an article published on March 10, 2017 by Construction Executive, Meghan Cox provides guidance on how businesses can reduce the risks associated with violence in the workplace and how businesses should handle this violence...more

Construction One-Minute Read: Trump Administration Increases Resources to Crack Down on Employers for I-9 Compliance

As part of his first-week initiatives, President Trump turned his focus toward immigration. These initiatives included dramatically expanding the resources of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 3/20-3/24

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 3/13-3/17

by Fisher Phillips on

As the 2017-18 legislative session gets underway in California, policy committees are beginning to hear and vote on bills – including numerous proposals that impact California employers. Our weekly “hot list” will provide you...more

Ohio GOP Bill Would Give Counties, Cities Option on Paying Prevailing Wages

by Benesch on

Ohio’s counties and cities would have the ability to decide whether they want to pay state-mandated prevailing wages on taxpayer-funded projects, or allow contractors to bid on projects without such requirements, under a bill...more

Beginning of the End for Davis-Bacon?

The federal prevailing wage statute, known as "Davis-Bacon," has been in place for over eighty years. In essence, it requires that union wages be paid on all federal construction projects....more

How Construction May Be Affected by President Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration

by Burr & Forman on

With all the talk about billions of dollars of investment in infrastructure and sweeping reversal of prior executive orders affecting construction labor and federal contracts, it should come as no surprise that President...more

2017 California Employment Law Update

Below are some of the new laws going into effect this year that affect the construction industry. Unless otherwise noted, the laws go into effect on January 1, 2017....more

Obama Trumped? Top Five Trump Targets Among Obama’s Executive Orders

The election of Donald Trump will significantly affect companies that contract with the federal government. Trump’s business background and campaign promises suggest many upcoming changes in the way the federal government...more

EEOC Issues Updated Guidance to Curb National Origin Discrimination

Whether you enjoyed (or not) the most recent Saturday Night Live skit where Alec Baldwin (as Trump) states he is “going to build that swamp,” the fact is that anti-immigrant rhetoric is on the rise following Trump’s promise...more

Voters Overwhelmingly Approve ‘Build Better LA’ Initiative Resulting in New Affordable Housing and Local Hiring Requirements For...

Voters this week approved Measure JJJ, otherwise known as the Build Better L.A. initiative (the “Initiative”), which establishes new labor and affordable-housing requirements for developers in Los Angeles seeking...more

What A Trump Card Means In The Game of Construction and Development

by Burr & Forman on

Like many of you, I stayed up late on Tuesday night / Wednesday morning to watch the 2016 election returns. I dragged myself into the office after only a few hours of sleep and my phone was immediately ringing. Some clients....more

Election 2016: Where the Candidates Stand on Issues Affecting the Construction Industry

Here we are. The rollercoaster 2016 election is ending. Millions of Americans have voted already. Polls show a close race heading into Election Day. As the last Americans go to the voting booth, we take a look back at what...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. UPCOMING REFERENDUM QUESTIONS – This week, we report on Maine ballot Question 5 regarding...more

Building a future: addressing the Brexit challenge

by Dentons on

"Brexit means Brexit" according to Theresa May. But although the Government has now indicated that it is committed to Brexit and achieving the best possible outcome for the UK, no-one knows what form this will take or how...more

Penalties for OSHA Non-Compliance Just Got Stiffer

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

On November 2, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Improvements Act of 2015. The Act requires numerous federal enforcement agencies, including OSHA, to substantially...more

New York Establishes a Super IC Misclassification-Plus Task Force

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Yesterday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Executive Order No. 159 expanding the existing Joint Enforcement Task Force on Employee Misclassification into a Joint Enforcement Task Force on Worker Exploitation and...more

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