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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

Contractor May Receive Indemnity Despite Alleged Active Negligence or Willful Misconduct

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Oltmans Construction Co. v. Bayside Interiors, Inc. - Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, 10 Cal.App.5th 355 (March 30, 2017) - Civil Code § 2782.05 renders an indemnity provision in a contract void and...more

Two Massachusetts Companies Operated As Single Employer, OSHA Judge Finds, Upholds Citations

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Two Massachusetts contractors were operating as a single employer at a worksite in Massachusetts when at least two employees of a roofing crew fell from a wooden plank in October 2014, an Occupational Safety and Health Review...more

Relationships with Subcontractors Can Create Joint Employment

A recent court case from a Federal Appeals court out of Maryland should cause contractors to re-examine their relationships with subcontractors and their employees. In that case, Salinas v. Commercial Interiors, the employees...more

How a Drone Could Save a Life at an Industrial Jobsite

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 4,836 workers were killed on the job in 2015—that means, if you break it down, that more than 90 workers lost their lives each week on jobsites. These...more

Employers Beware: Indiana Supreme Court Expands the Scope of the “Duty of Care” Owed to a Subcontractor’s Employees

by Fisher Phillips on

In light of a recent decision from the Indiana Supreme Court, Indiana employers—and construction companies in particular—should review their contracts and subcontracts to determine if they have unwittingly assumed a duty of...more

Agreements Are Not Enough: Reasonable Efforts Needed

Many employers, including construction contractors and material suppliers, attempt to protect their business by having their employees sign non-competition, non-solicitation, non-disclosure, and/or confidentiality agreements....more

OSHA Compliance – It’s Not Just About OSHA

by Cozen O'Connor on

Most businesses, particularly outside of construction or manufacturing, have probably not been the subject of an OSHA audit or may not have had much involvement with OSHA issues. This is due in large part to the small size of...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

Mexico Introduces Industrial Safety and Environmental Protection Provisions for Hydrocarbon Pipelines

by Jones Day on

On March 31, 2017, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources published general administrative provisions in the Official Gazette of the Federation. These administrative provisions establish the guidelines for...more

Termination for convenience: What is the contractor entitled to?

by White & Case LLP on

Construction contracts often include termination for convenience clauses. Three recent cases highlight the potential financial implications of terminating for convenience....more

"New York Requires Contractors to Disclose Employee Salary Data"

In January 2017, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order 162 (the order) requiring state contractors to disclose the salary paid to employees who work on the contract. The order attempts to address disparity in pay...more

New York Mandatory Pay Notices: What Employers Need to Know

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

While employers generally provide detailed information to new hires about their pay, New York law now requires employers to provide written notice to employees when they are hired. A failure to provide the required written...more

California OSHA Delays Enforcement of Construction Silica Standard

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On April 19, 2017, the Department of Industrial Relations for the State of California issued an important update to Cal/OSHA’s new Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction. The standard is substantially...more

California Supreme Court Finds that When it Comes to Intentional Interference Claims, Public Works Projects are Just Different,...

Earlier, we reported on a California Court of Appeals decision – Roy Allan Slurry Seal, Inc. v. American Asphalt South, Inc. – which held for the first time that a second-place bidder on a public works contract could sue a...more

The Fourth Circuit’s New Test for Joint Employment Under the FLSA and Why You Should Care

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent articulation of a new test for joint employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets a challenging standard for general contractors and others that seek to minimize labor...more

When Are Your Subcontractor's Employees Your Employees?

by Williams Mullen on

In January, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals entered its decision in Salinas v. Commercial Interiors, Inc., ruling that a contractor and its subcontractor can be the “joint employers” of the subcontractor’s worker for Fair...more

Money, Dirt and Steel: Spring 2017

by Williams Mullen on

When Are Your Subcontractor's Employees Your Employees? In January, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals entered its decision in Salinas v. Commercial Interiors, Inc., ruling that a contractor and its subcontractor can be...more

OSHA Launches Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction Industry

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Fatalities from falls continue to be a leading cause of death in the construction industry, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is focusing on the dangers with its “Stand-Down” campaign on fall prevention....more

OSHA Delays Enforcement of Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA has just announced a three month delay of enforcement of the Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction under 29 CFR 1926.1153. Crystalline silica is a staple of our modern society. OSHA notes...more

OSHA Update: OSHA Delays Enforcing Silica Standard in Construction

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

On April 6th, OSHA announced a delay in the enforcement of its crystalline silica standard in the construction industry. Enforcement will be delayed until September 23, 2017, so that additional outreach, educational...more

H&S, regulatory & employment issues for UK construction businesses – a round-up

by Dentons on

Welcome to our Spring 2017 round-up of issues relevant to UK construction businesses. Each of the summaries below links to a recent article from colleagues specialising in health and safety, regulatory or employment law....more

Deja Vu: Court Overturns AB 219… Again!

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

Amended Ordinance Expands Boston Residents Job Policy for Certain Projects in the City of Boston and Provides for Sanctions...

In response to the third largest construction boom in Boston’s history, on November 28, 2016 Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced a proposal to increase employment standards for the Boston Residents Jobs Policy (“BRJP”) and Boston...more

Joint Employer Relationship Between Contractors and Subcontracts Redefined by a Federal Appeals Court

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Sweeping changes were made recently by a federal appeals court to the joint employer standard under the Fair Labor Standards Act that make it difficult for a contractor to avoid being considered a joint employer with its...more

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