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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

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

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

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

"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

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

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

Recreating with Pot Should be Legal but I Can't Convince Myself to Vote Yes

In the summer of 1968, I was fortunate to land a job as a meat packer at Bolton & Smart, one of the many wholesalers then located in Boston’s Clinton Street Market, on what is now mainly the site of Christopher Columbus Park...more

Land Use Advisory: The Build Better LA Initiative—More Affordable Housing and Labor Agreements?

As you may have learned from the news, a coalition of labor and affordable housing advocates recently announced it may seek to place the “Build Better LA Initiative” (“labor initiative”) on the City of Los Angeles ballot in...more

New Executive Order Requires Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

I have seven kids.  I fully understand the importance of “leave” from work when another kid comes along (…how did that happen?…) or when a close family member is sick.  But right now, they are all happy....more

President Barack Obama’s Labor Day Gift to Labor: Paid Sick Leave for Employees on Federal Contracts

This week’s post is brought to us by Peter Dagostine, our colleague in Robinson+Cole’s Labor, Employment, Benefits + Immigration Group. President Obama signed an Executive Order, on Labor Day earlier this week, requiring...more

All Over But the Penning: the California Legislature Completes its Work for 2015

The California Legislature adjourned its 2015 regular session early last Saturday morning. It is now up to Governor Brown to sign or veto the last of the Legislature’s 2015 work product. He has until Sunday, October 11, to...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

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

Temporary Federal Immigration Relief May Help Address Construction Labor Shortages

U.S. Work Authorization to Be Available - A new recruitment source may soon be available to employers for additional workers to do construction or other work. Up to 4 or 5 million presently undocumented people from...more

The New York Legislature Passes a Bill Eliminating the Annual Wage Notice Requirement

Employers in New York will not have to issue annual wage notices to employees in 2015 and beyond. On June 19, 2014, a bill was passed in both the New York Assembly and Senate that eliminates the requirement contained in the...more

OFCCP Announces Timeline for Issuing Proposed Rules on President Obama’s Compensation Agenda

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) plans to issue proposed rules implementing President Obama’s recent executive actions on the compensation practices of federal contractors. ...more

President’s Executive Order Increases Minimum Wage For Federal Contractors

On February 12, 2014, President Obama increased the minimum wage for federal contractors and subcontractors by an Executive Order to $10.10 per hour. This announcement comes on the heels of 13 states and four cities that also...more

Increase to Federal Construction Minimum Wage May Mean Little

It has been widely reported that during his State of the Union address the President will announce a plan to issue an executive order requiring construction workers on federal projects be paid a minimum wage of at least...more

President Obama Expected To Increase Minimum Wage For Federal Contractor Employees

President Obama is expected to announce at his State of the Union address that he will issue an executive order to increase the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors to $10.10 an hour. The anticipated...more

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