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New California Statutes Potentially Increase Contractors’ and Subcontractors’ Liability Exposure Under the Prevailing Wage Law

California has enacted several statues, effective January 1, 2014, which will likely increase contractors’ and subcontractors’ exposure to claims for prevailing wage violations on public works projects. Under the Prevailing...more

If it Walks Like a Duck and Talks Like a Duck . . . It May Just be a Goose

If you’re involved in public works projects you know that direct contractors are required to furnish payment bonds on public works projects exceeding $25,000. Specifically, Civil Code section 9550 provides that “[a] direct...more

California Counties Now Less At Risk On Public Works Construction

Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 328, which permits counties to enter Construction Manager At Risk (CM@R) agreements for construction of projects over $1 million. Counties now join the University of...more

New Laws Affecting North Carolina Businesses Kick in Today

Several new laws affecting North Carolina business owners take effect today: -- In an effort to foster a competitive marketplace in the construction industry, HB 110 prohibits the state from requiring private...more

Arizona Legislature Adds New Limits On Indemnification In Public Construction Contracts

For many years, the Arizona Little Miller Act and the Arizona Procurement Code (A.R.S. § 34–226 and A.R.S. § 41-2586, respectively) prohibited a party from being indemnified, held harmless or defended to the extent of its own...more

Burr Alert: 2013 Alabama Sales And Use Tax Legislation

On May 9, 2013, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed into law House Bill 419, which relates to construction projects for governmental entities who are exempt from sales and use taxes. HB419 permits the Alabama...more

Government Contractor Exemption Bill Passes House

On April 9, the House of Representatives passed HB 419 on a vote of 89-6. The bill, sponsored by Representative Paul DeMarco (R-Homewood) among others and championed by the Alabama Chapter of the Associated Builders &...more

Public Works Employment Verification Act Impacts Certain Projects Awarded by State and Local Governments in 2013

Pennsylvania's General Assembly recently enacted the Public Works Employment Verification Act (the "Act" or "Verification Act") (43 P.S. §§ 167.1 et seq.), aimed at ensuring that contractors and subcontractors on public works...more

Florida Department of Transportation Sets Date for I-4 Industry Forum

The Florida Department of Transportation has scheduled an industry forum for the I-4 Ultimate Project. The forum will be held on March 4, 2013 to introduce this $2 billion+ Orlando-area project. The project will add two...more

Louisiana First Hiring Act

On May 31, 2012, Governor Bobby Jindal signed into law a bill targeted at strengthening the coastal economy by promoting the hiring of residents of Louisiana’s coastal parishes for public works projects for coastal...more

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