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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

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

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

Construction E-Note - September 2014

In This Issue: - Arbitration Panel Misconstrues Contractor Licensing Law: Court Allows Decision to Stand - Expect New Sports Stadiums - as Long as They Make Money for the State - OSHA Proposes New Injury...more

2014 Connecticut Legislative Summary - September 2014

The 2014 regular session of the Connecticut General Assembly closed with only a few new laws on the books that will affect the design and construction industry. The summaries below highlight the most significant of these....more

The Construction Advantage – Issue 6

In our sixth issue of The Construction Advantage, we provide you with an all New England edition, focusing on the increased employment in the construction sector in Maine, a large court award related to the Big Dig, and the...more

Prevailing Wages: Beware of Fee Waivers Even When They are Not Waived

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

Charter Cities Are Not Required to Pay Prevailing Wages on Local Public Works Projects

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

Construction Oberview: 2012 Maryland General Assembly Legislative Update

A number of bills were passed during the Maryland General Assembly's 2012 legislative session that will impact certain sectors of the construction industry. Ober|Kaler has put together brief summaries of certain bills from...more

National Cathedral Crane Collapse Spotlights Construction Site Danger, says New York Construction Accident Lawyer

New York construction accident lawyer David Perecman comments on a crane accident which occurred a short time before 9-11 events to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks. The crane accident...more

Developers Must Pay Prevailing Wages for Privately Financed Public Infrastructure

California Labor Code sections 1720 et seq. (the Prevailing Wage Law) ("PWL") require employers (including developers and contractors) engaged in public works projects to pay the prevailing wage to their employees if the...more

Your Subdivision May Be a 'Public Work' Subject to Prevailing Wage Laws

A recent appellate decision considered whether Mello-Roos financing constitutes "public financing" under the Labor Code such that the prevailing wage laws apply to a project receiving such financing and, if so, whether a safe...more

The Year 2010 In Review: Prevailing Wage & Employment Law

In This Article: 1. Alameda County Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee v. Roadway Electrical Works Inc., 186 Cal. App. 4th 185 (1st Dist. June 2010) A general contractor and its electrical subcontractor working...more

Developer Must Pay Prevailing Wages For Privately Financed Public Improvements

California Labor Code sections 1720 et seq. (the Prevailing Wage Law) ("PWL") require employers engaged in public works projects to pay the prevailing wage to their employees if the project is "paid for in whole or in part...more

Prevailing Wage Update: Charter Cities Exempt From Prevailing Wage Laws

In the recent decision, State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, AFL-CIO v. City of Vista (Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division 1, Case No. D05218, Filed April 28, 2009), the California Court of...more

Green Building Update - April 16, 2009

IN THIS ISSUE: *L.A. law to boost green jobs *Green Building Focus ..CoStar study wins award ..Report: LEED-EB lowering operating costs *CA's green home construction laws *DOE launches CREEA *Maine approves green...more

Legal Alert: California is First in Nation to Adopt "Green" Building Code

On July 17, 2008, under the direction of Governor Schwarzenegger, the California Building Standards Commission adopted the nation's first statewide "green" building code. A press release from the Governor's office states that...more

Real Estate & Land Use Newsletter: Prevailing Wages Update

In response to complaints by both labor and the private sector, the Director of the Department of Industrial Relations has proposed sweeping new regulations governing certified payrolls and state and local labor compliance...more

Legal Alert: Protecting Projects with CFD Financing from Prevailing Wage Requirements

The California Director of Industrial Relations (the "DIR") recently issued a public works coverage determination (the "Determination") that provides valuable insights for developers seeking financing for public...more

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