New Year’s resolutions are hard to keep.
In fact, studies (which I have a sneaking suspicion may have been paid for by the tobacco, donut and vacation timeshare lobbies) have found that only 8% of New Year’s...more
I’m not one to reinvent the wheel, so I won’t.
The Case: Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association, Local 104 v. Duncan, Case No. A131489 (August 27, 2014)....more
During the recent resurfacing of Bow Trail there was a message posted on a pylon sign by an adjacent business owner that read “Bow Trail is not Rome. Please Complete” (see “Road Construction Delays Cause Headaches for...more
The California Department of Industrial Relations (“DIR”) has announced the launch of a new registration program for public works projects authorized by Senate Bill 854, which was signed into law on June 20, 2014, and became...more
Urgency Legislation SB 854 Passed by California Legislature -
The California Legislature has imposed a new registration requirement for contractors and subcontractors involved with public works projects. Senate Bill...more
I’ve never been much of a Shakespeare fan. I only moderately tolerated even the MTV-inspired Romeo + Juliet set in fair Verona Beach with rapiers metaphorically replaced with guns manufactured by Dagger and Sword.
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
Recent changes to California’s prevailing wage laws highlight the importance of complying with them. Prevailing wage laws are aimed at ensuring that a contractor’s ability to win a public works contract is not based on paying...more
This information circular provides an overview of the integrity provisions recently implemented by Public Works and Government Services Canada (“Public Works”), as they apply to real estate transactions across Canada...more
The California Contractors State License Board (“CSLB”) has announced that it’s beefing up its Public Works Unit to help ensure that contractors bidding and performing work on public works projects are complying with wage 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
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
Charter cities were pleased with the California Supreme Court decision in State Building and Construction Trades Council of California AFL-CIO v. City of Vista, which permitted charter cities to avoid the requirement for the...more
Showing concern for the TIFIA JPO’s slow pace of credit approvals for major US transportation, on July 24, 2013, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works conducted an oversight hearing on the implementation of the...more
In a surprising determination by the Department of Industrial Relations ("DIR"), a development was found to be a "public work" under Labor Code Section 1771 when a developer, in compliance with a fee ordinance, constructed...more
In a ruling that adds to the complexity of the federal regulatory landscape, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia held that the Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") has the authority to...more
Sequestration began on March 1, and federal agencies are still in the process of sending out furlough notifications and determining specific program cuts. The continuing resolution authorizing current federal spending will...more
Following President Obama’s State of the Union call for a national infrastructure policy, the White House released this fact sheet, providing some details of the plan thus far. The fact sheet outlines calls for cutting red...more
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