Public agencies have little, if any, discretion when awarding public contracts because they are required to award the contract to the lowest bidder, subject to certain minimum qualifications. These limitations are designed...more
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
Mechanics lien claims, payment bond claims, stop payment notice claims, delay claims, defect claims, abandonment claims . . .
With the variety of claims unique to construction projects it’s easy to forget that...more
Maryland's new prevailing wage law for elementary and secondary school construction projects (HB 727/SB 232 from the 2014 General Assembly session) is in effect. This law requires all such construction projects costing more...more
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 the end...more
Decision Impacts Public Works Projects in California -
The California Court of Appeal has ruled that fabrication of materials for a public works project is not subject to California’s prevailing wage law if it occurs...more
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 California Legislature imposed a new registration requirement for contractors and subcontractors involved in public works projects. Senate Bill 854, passed in June, created a registration program, which went into effect...more
General contractors and their sureties on public works construction projects in California have faced an onslaught of claims, assessments, and lawsuits based on the failure of subcontractors, regardless of tier, to pay their...more
California’s prevailing wage law, set forth in the California Labor Code, provides that each worker employed by contractors or subcontractors on a public works project must be paid not less than the general prevailing wage...more
Cities Sue State Calling SB 7 an Unconstitutional Restriction on Municipal Affairs -
Several California charter cities challenged the constitutionality of Senate Bill 7 (SB 7) last week by filing a writ of mandate and...more
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
Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that extends the deadline to serve a prevailing wage penalty assessment on employers.
AB 1336 amends the California Labor Code, extending the 180-day prevailing wage...more
SB 7 Could Face Legal Challenges -
A charter city’s right in California to exempt itself from the payment of state prevailing wages on locally funded public works projects was placed at risk by the passage of Senate...more
On July 2, 2012, the California Supreme Court issued a decision that launched early fireworks throughout the state, either in celebration or alarm, over its far-reaching impact on public works projects. In State Building...more
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