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Construction and Infrastructure Update - July 2017

California’s New Public Works Claims Resolution Process - If you’re a public entity or contractor involved in public works construction, you should be aware of a new law that took effect this year establishing a new...more

Scary Movie: Theatre Developer Axed By Court of Appeal In Prevailing Wage Determination Challenge

The First Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal recently held that the construction of a movie theater, which was performed in furtherance of a city’s redevelopment agenda, constitutes a “public work” within...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

Do Read the Fine Print – California’s Recent Budget Makes a Number of Labor and Employment Policy Changes

by Fisher Phillips on

Last week, (by their constitutional June 15 deadline) the California Legislature passed and sent to the Governor a $184.5 billion budget for fiscal year 2017-18. Most of the media attention focused on tobacco tax...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

SB-30 and its Implications for Doing Public Work Construction for the State of California – Another Risk to Manage

by Snell & Wilmer on

Summary of SB-30 - Senate Bill 30 California-Mexico Border: Federally Funded Infrastructure (“SB-30”) was introduced on December 5, 2016 by Democrat Senator Ricardo Lara, who is its primary sponsor. SB-30 is an act to add...more

New York Issues Draft Guidance on New Contractor Salary Disclosure Requirement, Seeks Public Comment

On June 1, 2017, the state of New York’s Department of Economic Development (the department) issued draft forms and guidance to capture employee salary information from New York state contractors and subcontractors pursuant...more

Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee markup to vote on the nominations on David Bernhardt to be deputy Interior secretary; Dan Brouillette to be deputy Energy secretary; Neil Chatterjee to be a member of the Federal...more

What California Bills Survived the Suspense File?

by Fisher Phillips on

As we discussed recently, this was a significant week in the California Legislature, as the Assembly and Senate Appropriations Committees decided the fate of hundreds of bills in announcing which bills made it off the...more

The Suspense is Killing Me! What Big Labor Bills Will Make it Off the Suspense File?

by Fisher Phillips on

In the California Legislature, bills first are referred to the appropriate policy committee for hearing. Labor bills are referred to the Labor Committee, crime bills are referred to the Public Safety Committee, health bills...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 4/24-4/28

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... Recap of Legislative Bill Activity Last Week – The...more

Supreme Court of California Holds That a Losing Bidder on a Public Works Contract Cannot Sue the Winning Bidder for Intentional...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Roy Allan Slurry Seal, Inc. v. American Asphalt South, Inc., 2017 Cal. LEXIS 1024 (Cal. February 16, 2017) - This tort lawsuit relates to a dispute over the bidding process on several public works contracts in...more

Hot List (Spring Break Edition!) – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 4/10-4/14

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

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 3/20-3/24

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

California Supreme Court Rejects Claim by Second-Lowest Bidders on Public Works Contracts that Low Bidder Interfered with a...

by Nossaman LLP on

The California Supreme Court in Roy Allan Slurry Seal, Inc. v. American Asphalt South, Inc. (Feb. 16, 2017) Case No. S225398, --- Cal.3d ---, held that for public works contracts awarded to the lowest responsive, responsible...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 3/13-3/17

by Fisher Phillips on

As the 2017-18 legislative session gets underway in California, policy committees are beginning to hear and vote on bills – including numerous proposals that impact California employers. Our weekly “hot list” will provide you...more

Federal Court in Oklahoma Rules that Bond Issued on a Sovereign Tribal Construction Project is Not a Miller Act Bond Even Though...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

United States ex rel. J.A. Manning Constr. Co. v. Bronze Oak, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6054 (N.D. Okla. Jan. 17, 2017) - In May 2014 the Cherokee Nation issued a bid notice for bridge and roadway construction in Mayes...more

Governor Brown’s Proposed 2017-18 Budget – What Do Employers Need to Know?

by Fisher Phillips on

Last month, Governor Jerry Brown released his proposed state budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year. This move represents only the opening salvo in a months-long budget negotiation that will occur over the next six months...more

"Buy American, Hire American"—From Rhetoric to Regulation

“We will follow two simple rules: buy American and hire American.” While world leaders are pondering what these words from President Trump’s Inaugural Address mean for international trade, a different question looms for U.S....more

Under Construction - December 2016

by Snell & Wilmer on

Welcome to the winter 2016 edition of our Under Construction newsletter. We hope your year has been good to your family, your company and you as we wrap up these remaining few weeks of 2016. A recent hot topic with...more

Labor & Employment Hot Topics Impacting the Construction Industry

A number of employment-related developments are likely to impact the construction industry. This article is intended to briefly summarize some of these developments....more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19516 - Doe v. Boy Scouts of America Corp. SC19516 Concurrence - Doe v. Boy Scouts of America Corp. SC19516 Concurrence - Doe v. Boy Scouts of America...more

Congressional Energy Roundup

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Fracking Insider Readers: Below, please find this week’s Congressional activity on oil and gas issues: - Senate: - “Examining the Local Impacts of EPA’s Climate Regulations.” Committee on Environment and Public...more

Senate Approves $4.9 Billion for Drinking Water

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Congress in recent years has not really been in the business of solving core public welfare problems like safe drinking water. Today the Senate, however, has taken a major step forward by passing the 2016 Water Resources and...more

California Legislative Update: It's Now Up To The Governor

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The California Legislature completed its substantive legislative work for the year in the very early morning hours of Thursday, September 1, 2016, with the usual frenetic, last-minute flurry of bill-passing, including some...more

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