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Public Works Slowdown Following Implementation of the New Italian Public Procurement Code

The Italian Government definitively approved Legislative Decree no. 50 in April this year, implementing Directives 2014/23/EU, 2014/24/EU and 2014/25/EU of the European Parliament and European Council. The revised legislation...more

California Public Works Contractors Will Be Required to Submit Payroll Records Electronically Starting August 1

The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) announced this week that the requirement for public works contractors and subcontractors to submit certified payroll records (CPRs) electronically using the DIR’s...more

Missouri expands project delivery options for public works projects

The State of Missouri recently joined a majority of states allowing political subdivisions to make use of design-build and construction manager-at-risk contracts for public works projects. The new law, signed on July 1, 2016,...more

Oregon Law to Affect Pay Stubs, Time and Pay Records, and Wage Theft

The State of Oregon has enacted a new law, SB 1587, designed to increase transparency with respect to employee pay, prevent wage theft, and expose wage and hour violations. Generally, the law will require employers to provide...more

Ready, Set: Time to Add Ready-Mixed Concrete to “Public Works” Definition

Public works contracts awarded on or after July 1, 2016 will be subject to the more expansive definition of public works added by California Assembly Bill 219 (Daly). For purposes of Article 2 of California’s Labor Code,...more

CalCIMA ‘Checklist’ for Compliance with AB 219: New Prevailing Wage Requirements for Concrete Suppliers

In 2015 the California State Legislature passed AB 219, a bill that extends California prevailing wage requirements to ready mixed concrete suppliers, effective July 1, 2016. The new law represents a sea-change in...more

“A Lot of Ingredients” in This Year’s WRDA

As Congress works to complete a Water Resources Development Act for 2016 (“WRDA 2016”) before the summer Congressional recess, stakeholders with an interest in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“USACE”) civil works projects,...more

Significant Water Legislation Moving in the Senate

The largest overhaul to the nation’s aging water infrastructure in decades is making progress in the Senate. On April 28, 2016, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved a $9 billion update to the Water...more

Sixth Circuit’s Rejection of Taint Damages Theory in False Claims Act Case Reinforces that Value-Received May Substantially Offset...

In False Claims Act (“FCA”) cases, the Department of Justice and, where the government has declined to intervene, qui tam plaintiffs, routinely pursue aggressive damages theories. In its recent decision in U.S. ex rel. Wall...more

Update: A New Color to be Added to Mid-Atlantic Transit: The Maryland Purple Line

On April 6, 2016, the Maryland Board of Public Works unanimously approved the public-private partnership (“P3”) agreement for the Maryland Purple Line light-rail transit project, concluding the 30-day review period described...more

Changes Loom for Public Works Projects and Payment Bond Claims in Pending Connecticut Legislation

A recently proposed bill to reduce the retainage amount for certain public work contracts to five percent and to allow a claimant to recover reasonable attorney’s fees and costs from a payment bond surety that fails to timely...more

The DIR Calls Timeout On Its New Electronic Certified Payroll Reporting Requirements

The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) recently issued a follow-up notice to public works contractors and agencies to clarify the DIR's current enforcement of its Electronic Certified Payroll (eCPR)...more

Il Nuovo Codice degli Appalti e delle Concessioni

Varato il decreto legislativo che riforma la materia in attuazione delle direttive UE 23, 24 e 25 del 2014 - Il 3 marzo scorso, il Consiglio dei Ministri ha approvato in esame preliminare il decreto legislativo di...more

State-Assisted Public School Projects Subject to Set-Aside and Non-Discrimination Requirements

Effective as of October 1, 2015, Connecticut’s set-aside requirements for small contractors and minority-owned business enterprises, as well as Connecticut’s statutory non-discrimination and affirmative action requirements,...more

Transposition of the Concession Directive in France

France transposed the European directive 2014/23/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council dated 26 February 2014 on the award of concession contracts (the “Concession Directive”) through the “ordonnance n° 2016-65”...more

Eminent Domain: Be Careful What You Ask For

The condemnation of property for public works may not always be as clean and easy as the government would like. Although local governments are often critical players in the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated...more

The Supreme Court’s Recent Confirmation that Yearsley Derivative Sovereign Immunity Extends Beyond Public Works Projects

On January 20, 2016, the Supreme Court clarified the scope of “Yearsley immunity” – a form of derivative sovereign immunity available to qualifying government contractors – in its decision in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez....more

California Employment Law Update: What’s New for 2016?

The California legislature continued its focus on expanding legal remedies for employees in California. Many of the new laws for 2016, such as the Fair Pay Act and expanded Labor Commissioner powers, make significant changes...more

DIR Reminds Public Works Contractors to Renew Registrations Before January 1, 2016 to Avoid Hefty Penalty

I know. You’re busy. Perhaps even a bit overwhelmed. You’ve got trees to trim, halls to deck with boughs of holly, and when you throw in the (office, your kids’ school, and the bowling league’s) holiday...more

2016 California Construction Law Update

The California State Legislature saw the introduction of 2,297 bills during the first half of the 2015-2016 legislative session of which 1,010 bills were signed into law....more

Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in TCPA Case Concerning “Picking Off” a Class Rep with an Offer of Judgment

On October 14, 2015, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in Campbell-Ewald Company v. Gomez, 14-SC-857.  The plaintiff in Gomez alleged he received an unsolicited marketing text message advertising the US Navy...more

Zero tolerance – the new standard in the construction industry

In September 2015, the Building Code 2013 was amended to incorporate mandatory drug and alcohol testing for Commonwealth funded construction projects. From 16 October 2015, head contractors must have a comprehensive fitness...more

A Legislative El Niño for California?: New 2016 Employment Laws for the State’s Private Sector Employers

Experts are predicting a 95% chance of heavier-than-usual seasonal rainfall this year in Southern California based on the phenomenon known as “El Niño.”  Did the California Legislature and its Governor produce a comparable...more

A Primer to Understanding Wrap-Up Insurance Programs

Whether you are a property owner, general contractor, or subcontractor, understanding wrap-up insurance programs—when to consider one, what they insure, and how they affect the project—is vital to a construction project’s...more

Pennsylvania Court Refuses to Enforce “No Damages for Delay” Clause

A Pennsylvania appellate court recently refused to enforce a “no damages for delay” clause and upheld an award of delay damages against a school district where the district actively interfered with a general contractor’s...more

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