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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

A strict enforcement of time bar provisions

by White & Case LLP on

Time bar provisions are a relatively common feature of construction contracts, but often arouse concern because they are seen to be "harsh". A recent case from Northern Ireland confirms that notwithstanding any "harsh"...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

Developer bonds and defect inspection regime postponed again

by Dentons on

The NSW Government has again postponed the commencement of the new developer bond and defect inspection regime under Part 11 of the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 (Act). The regime was proclaimed to commence on 1 July...more

Access to Site Denied

by Dentons on

Can a contractor rely on a mandament van spolie to regain access to the site? Simply put, yes, but under careful advice. The mandament van spolie is a common-law remedy manifested by the deprivation of a right to...more

Appeals of Rulings by The Registrar of Contractors Must Be Timely Filed in Superior Court.

by Snell & Wilmer on

Recently in Johnson v. Arizona Registrar of Contractors, the Arizona Court of Appeals affirmed dismissal of a homeowner’s late appeal of an adverse decision by the Registrar of Contractors (“Registrar”)...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

Ninth Circuit Upholds Owners Rights to Seek Contribution From Third Parties for ADA Violations

In a victory for owners of facilities covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has upheld a property owner’s right to seek contribution from third parties who fail...more

New AIA 2017 Construction Contracts Part I: Owner General Contractor Forms

by Miller Canfield on

This is Part I of a four-part series discussing the new AIA 2017 forms. Part II will discuss the general conditions to the construction contract (A201-2017); Part III will discuss the Owner—Architect forms (B101-2017,...more

Attention Contractors: The Right to Cure Act may still be alive!

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Perhaps you forgot about it, or maybe you just gave up on it; regardless, you will be happy to hear that the Right to Cure Act just may be alive. In an Order dismissing Plaintiffs’ claims, entered in the Charleston County...more

Construction One-Minute Read: Allowance or Contingency?

While both relatively simple concepts, allowances and contingencies are often confused with one another. Conflating the two can lead to pitfalls. ...more

Massachusetts Appellate Court Holds That No-Damages-for-Delay Clause Does Not Bar Claim for Schedule Compression and Affirms Award...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Central Ceilings, Inc. v. Suffolk Constr. Co., Inc., 2017 Mass App. Lexis 36 (March 29, 2017). The Massachusetts State College Building Authority contracted with Suffolk Construction Company (“Suffolk”) to serve as the...more

Third Appellate District Holds Right to Repair Act Precludes Certain Common Law Claims for Damages Caused by Construction Defects

In Gillotti v. Stewart (No. C075611, filed 4/26/17, publication order 5/18/17), the California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District held that the Right to Repair Act, Civil Code section 895, et seq. (the “Act”)...more

Colorado State Legislature Finally Passes Construction Defects Reform Legislation

In a dramatic and seemingly overnight change of course, the Colorado House of Representatives unanimously approved House Bill 1279 on April 24, 2017. Days later, on May 4, 2017, HB 1279 passed unanimously in the Colorado...more

The Indiana Supreme Court Finds a Non-Delegable Duty of Worksite Safety Created in Form Design-Build Contracts Between the Owner...

by Reminger Co., LPA on

In Indiana, courts have historically found it is acceptable practice for a general contractor to delegate the duty of ensuring the safety of a subcontractor’s employees to the subcontractor, so long as it is clearly set forth...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

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

Thinking About Improving Your Louisiana Facility? Follow These Steps or Risk Unlimited Lien Liability Under Louisiana’s Private...

by Liskow & Lewis on

If a subcontractor or supplier on a Louisiana construction project is not paid in full, it can file a lien against the owner’s property and sue the owner for payment even though it did not contract with the owner and even if...more

No Negligence? No Causation? No Problem. Arizona Appellate Court Holds General Contractor Need Not Prove Subcontractor’s...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Amberwood Dev., Inc. v. Swann’s Grading, Inc., No. 1 CA-CV 15-0786, 2017 Ariz. App. Unpub. LEXIS 207 (Ct. App. Feb. 23, 2017) - This case arose out of a housing development project, with Amberwood Development Inc....more

New State Construction Notices Directory: A Valuable Tool for Owners

by Cozen O'Connor on

Effective December 31, 2016, Pennsylvania’s Mechanics’ Lien Law of 1963 (lien law) was amended to allow for an online State Construction Notices Directory (directory) to provide notice to parties involved in projects costing...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

Insurance and Adjoining Property Access Agreements: Does that "Blanket" Endorsement Really Cover You?

In September 2016, the Appellate Division, First Department decided a case that has significant ramifications on insurance coverage on construction projects between construction managers and contractors. What should not be...more

Iowa Legislature Changes Mechanic's Lien Law

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

On March 30, 2017, the Iowa Senate passed House File 586. This legislation included a provision expanding the category of residential general contractors who are required to timely file a "Commencement of Work" Notice (or...more

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