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"Buy American, Hire American"—From Rhetoric to Regulation

“We will follow two simple rules: buy American and hire American.” While world leaders are pondering what these words from President Trump’s Inaugural Address mean for international trade, a different question looms for U.S....more

"Trump Infrastructure Plan May Open Opportunities for Projects"

After nearly two decades of widening concern over the declining state of U.S. infrastructure, it was not surprising that infrastructure became a central theme in the 2016 election cycle. Improving our nation’s transportation,...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

The Wendel Report: Construction and Infrastructure Update, January 2017

2017 California Construction Law Update - While the presidential elections took the headlines in 2016, California’s state legislature was busy at work passing a number of bills impacting the construction industry. Here’s...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

Trump’s Border Wall: Will Eminent Domain Be National News Again?

There has been a lot of news lately concerning President Trump’s desire to build a border wall. Many of the articles focus on the efficacy, costs and practical challenges of building the wall. But the discussions are also...more

President Trump’s Inauguration Signals a Potential Increase in Infrastructure Projects

When then-candidate Donald J. Trump first began making public statements about what would become his infrastructure plan back in August of 2016, observers were uncertain as to what exactly they could expect. Just before that...more

New administration sets stage for shift in domestic preference requirements and enforcement activities

The presidential memoranda signed on January 24, 2017, by President Trump relating to the Keystone XL and Dakota Pipelines included a message of particular significance to the government contractor community: Buy American....more

West Coast Real Estate Update: January 2017

Proposed Landmark Rules Could Make LA Redevelopment More Difficult - Los Angeles City Council Member Jose Huizar has proposed a new set of rules that could make it more difficult for owners of historic properties in Los...more

The Australian federal government to review security of payment legislation

The Australian federal Minister for Employment, the Hon. Michaelia Cash, has announced a review into security of payment legislation in the building and construction industry. Mr John Murray AM has been appointed to conduct...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

DBE Contracting Opportunities under the Trump Administration

With President-elect Trump’s promise to turn America’s crumbling infrastructure into an opportunity for accelerated economic growth, there are likely to be significant investments in the next four years in transportation,...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

2017 Construction Outlook: Slow, Mature Growth, but No Decline, Expected

As we count down the remaining days of 2016 (thank God) it’s time to think about what the new year will bring (I’m good with pretty much anything at this point)....more

Senator Wiener Moves Quickly out of the Gate on Housing Bill

Shortly after being sworn in as California State Senator on Monday, former San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener introduced SB 35, placeholder legislation addressing barriers to housing production. The legislation currently...more

2017 California Construction Law Update

To say it’s been an exciting year in politics would be an understatement. While most of the nation’s attention was focused on the presidential election, state legislatures, including California’s, were busy at work. The...more

Reaction to Uncertainty in Affordable Housing Industry Brought on by Trump Election

The 2016 Election has created more questions than answers for the affordable housing industry. Very little is known about President-elect Trump's vision for affordable housing. On one hand, Mr. Trump has described himself as...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

UK construction industry news: our contracts, industry and regulatory round-up

Our construction news round-up includes our pick of industry news from the last three or four months as well as a range of contractual and regulatory issues that affect UK construction businesses....more

Brexit round-up (construction focus)

It's been five months since the UK voted to leave the EU. Whichever way you look at the vote's after-effects, whether in economic, political, legal or constitutional terms, we are entrenched in a period of uncertainty – a...more

A Deal on New Jersey's Transportation Trust Fund: What Does it Mean for Affected Contractors?

As a follow-up to our July post on New Jersey state budget problems threatening public construction projects, the political fight over funding New Jersey’s Transportation Trust Fund (“TTF”) finally ended on September 30,...more

San Francisco Election Results: Which Real Estate Measures Passed?

Prior to the November 8 election, we reported on the long list of local propositions on the San Francisco ballot, including a number of measures impacting real estate taxes, land use and governance. The results were of...more

Who Will Inspect the Inspectors? Implications of Winkler v. State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler...

On September 20, 2016, certain construction trades entered into a Wild West era of deregulated inspection services. Inspections of already installed plumbing, heating and air conditioning, and fire sprinkler systems appear no...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

They Did What? Fire Sprinkler Industry Stunned by North Carolina Legislature’s Mistake in Removing Licensing Board’s Authority to...

North Carolina’s legislature mistakenly removed the authority for the State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating, and Fire Sprinkler Contractors (“State Board”) to issue certain crucial industry licenses. On July 1, 2016,...more

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