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The Other Shoe Drops: An Update on DOLI Enforcement of Contractor Registration Requirements

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In a move of interest to residential or commercial contractors working in Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry (DOLI) recently began enforcing a 2012 requirement that all unlicensed contractors register...more

ICE is coming for Undocumented Workers – How to Prevent Corporate Frostbite

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Whatever your political views, undocumented workers and the businesses that knowingly or unknowingly employ them are coming under the microscope. If you compile recent headlines, you’ll know the President has implemented...more

City of Charleston Changes Workforce Housing Zoning Rules

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The City of Charleston has changed the rules governing the Mixed Use Workforce Housing District Zoning Ordinance in an effort to further diversify housing opportunities for residents....more

Construction Contractors Develop New Safety Helmets

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Construction firms are developing new safety helmets designed to provide workers with better protection from falls and to curb fatal injuries, according to a report from Bloomberg BNA. According to government researchers,...more

Jersey City’s PLA Ordinance Found Preempted by NLRA and ERISA and Void Ab Initio

by Genova Burns LLC on

On June 15 U.S. District Court Judge Wigenton determined that Jersey City’s ordinance, in effect since 2007 and providing for tax abatements for real estate developers that sign Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) is preempted by...more

KY OSHA Delays Silica Compliance Date For Construction Industry

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In March 2016, Federal OSHA promulgated a final rule on Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica for Construction, which established a new permissible exposure limit and contained several ancillary provisions that apply to...more

New Developments at OSHA - July 2017

by Stoel Rives LLP on

OSHA Seeks to Reverse Beryllium Rule For Certain Industries Beryllium, a lightweight metal, presents hazards in the workplace. It is has been linked to lung cancer and Chronic Beryllium Disease, a debilitating lung disease...more

All Small Mentor-Protégé Program Mid-Year Report: Fast Figures Small and Large Businesses Need to Know

The Small Business Administration (SBA) started accepting applications for the new All Small Mentor-Protégé Program (ASMPP) in October 2016, but SBA has seen a surge in applications in the first six months of 2017....more

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

OSHA Considers Extending Crane Certification Deadline

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration met on June 20, 2017, to learn about and give recommendations on OSHA’s proposed rule to extend the...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

OSHA Seeks Feedback on Proposal to Revoke Certain Provisions of Beryllium Rule Applicable to the Construction and Shipyard Sectors

by Littler on

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reconsidering portions of a final rule setting standards for occupational exposure to beryllium. The rule, published January 9, 2017, was initially set to take...more

Safety Agency Applies Federal Law To Bar Employer Safety Violation Citation - Agency’s Application of 5th Circuit Appeals Court...

by Fisher Phillips on

The federal agency that reviews OSHA safety violation cases, also known as the OSH Review Commission, recently adopted the decision of one of its Administrative Law Judges who applied 5th Circuit precedent to reject a safety...more

Missouri Repeals Prevailing Wage Law In Government Contracting

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has signed into law legislation generally forbidding public entities from requiring union wage rates be paid on public construction projects. The legislation, signed into law on May 30,...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

Bad Language: A Good Reason to Fire People?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

What is an employer to do when an employee goes on a tirade at the work place or on social media? In general, an employee cannot be disciplined by his employer for statements about work-place concerns, such as wages or...more

When is a Right of Entry a Right?

by K&L Gates LLP on

Union officials come on to a construction site arguing that they don't need to comply with Right of Entry laws because they are there to look after a safety concern. You try to get a clear picture of the legal basis of their...more

Indemnitor Owes Indemnity Even Where Indemnitee is Actively Negligent, California Court Holds

Indemnity provisions are one of the most fought over provisions in design and construction contracts. But while parties generally understand the intent behind indemnity provisions — that one party (the “indemnitor”) agrees to...more

Wage and Hour Pitfalls Part 1: What You Need To Know

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

1. Employers Must Pay “Manual Workers” Weekly. In New York, employers are required to pay manual workers weekly. A “manual worker” includes “a mechanic, workingman or laborer” or individuals who spend more than 25% of...more

Oregon OSHA Issues Proposed Changes to Regulations Regarding Occupational Exposure to Beryllium in General Industry, Construction,...

by Stoel Rives LLP on

In response to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s adoption of revised beryllium exposure standards, Oregon OSHA has proposed to adopt the federal OSHA final rules, with minor modifications that would...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

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

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