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Prime Contractors Take Note of New California Law Imposing Liability for Subcontractors’ Employees’ Unpaid Wages

California is imposing greater responsibilities on prime contractors for nonpayment of wages and benefits by their subcontractors. On October 14, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 1701 (Thurmond), adding...more

New Law Holds Contractors Liable for Subcontractors’ Non-Payment of Wages

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Assembly Bill 1701 (AB 1701) provides a “direct contractor” is liable for the wages, benefits and contributions (plus interest) owed by its subcontractor(s), even if the subcontractor has been paid for the work. A “direct...more

Is Your Lien Up to Code? B.C. Court Decisions Provide Clarity on Application of Builders Lien Act

The British Columbia Supreme Court (Court) recently released two decisions regarding the application of the Builders Lien Act (Act), providing clarity on limitation periods for filing a lien claim and the circumstances where...more

Ownership is Not a Conclusive Factor for Ongoing Operations Additional Insured Coverage

In McMillin Management Services v. Financial Pacific Ins. Co. (No. D069814, filed 11/14/17), a California appeals court held that an insurer had a duty to defend a general contractor under an “ongoing operations” additional...more

New Requirements For City Contractors and Subs Under Philadelphia’s Whistleblower Law

by Reed Smith on

On November 13, 2017, Mayor Kenney signed an Executive Order providing additional protections for whistleblowers, as well as specific requirements for city agencies, contractor, and subcontractors in addressing complaints,...more

Employment Law This Week®: EEOC Online Public Portal, Paid Sick Leave Preemption Law, DOL to Appeal Texas Ruling, California Law...

by Epstein Becker & Green on

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

The Importance of Maintaining a Safe Construction Site

In October, a Florida jury found a general contractor liable for $45 million for the death of a motorist killed by one of the contractor’s trucks pulling out of a road construction job site. The case highlights the importance...more

Introduction to the FIDIC Suite of Contracts

by White & Case LLP on

The history of the FIDIC suite - Fédération Internationale Des Ingénieurs-Conseils1 (FIDIC) was founded in Belgium in 1913. Since then, it has become the foremost representative body for the world’s consulting engineers,...more

The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions: A.B. 1701’s Requirement that General Contractors Pay Subcontractor Employee Wages...

Tales of subcontractors who close up shop before paying their employees are not all that uncommon, but they are certainly not common enough to require General Contractors to pay for that same labor twice. Last month, the...more

5 Key Takeaways: Texas Lien Laws and Advanced Lien & Payment

Kilpatrick Townsend’s Brian Gaudet recently gave two presentations, “Texas Lien Laws” and “Advanced Lien & Payment,” at the Associated General Contractors of America Houston Chapter....more

General Contractors Now Liable In Private Construction For Wage And Fringe Benefit Liabilities Of Subcontractors

by Weintraub Tobin on

On October 14, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1701. This law imposes liability on general contractors for wage and fringe benefit liabilities of its subcontractors. This law applies to all contracts entered...more

Mechanic's Liens 101: Ways to Avoid Them

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

A mechanic’s lien is a powerful tool for many construction participants on private projects and a major source of risk for owners. A mechanic’s lien is an involuntary lien and a statutory right that protects contractors,...more

Contractors: Protect your Investment in Materials

Have you ever been in a situation where your subcontractor or fabricator did not have the financial ability to purchase material needed for a project? Have you ever offered your assistance by way of either directly purchasing...more

Appeals Court Finds Manuscript Additional Insured Endorsements Ambiguous Regarding Completed Operations Coverage for Additional...

In Pulte Home Corp. v. American Safety Indemnity Co. (No. D070478; filed 8/30/17), a California appeals court found that manuscript additional insured endorsements on construction subcontractors’ policies were ambiguous...more

The Other Shoe Drops: An Update on DOLI Enforcement of Contractor Registration Requirements

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In a move of interest to residential or commercial contractors working in Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry (DOLI) recently began enforcing a 2012 requirement that all unlicensed contractors register...more

Client Update: The 2017 Changes to the AIA Contract Documents: A Summary of the Relevant Changes to the Owner-Contractor Forms

by Reed Smith on

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) contracts are the most commonly used set of construction contract forms on commercial projects in the United States. In late April 2017, AIA issued its once-in-a-decade updates to...more

Thinking About Improving Your Louisiana Facility? Follow These Steps or Risk Unlimited Lien Liability Under Louisiana’s Private...

by Liskow & Lewis on

If a subcontractor or supplier on a Louisiana construction project is not paid in full, it can file a lien against the owner’s property and sue the owner for payment even though it did not contract with the owner and even if...more

American Institute of Architects Releases 2017 Contract Documents

by Lane Powell PC on

Lane Powell strives to help our clients stay ahead of the curve on all matters concerning construction law. This is a quick note to let you know that the American Institute of Architects (AIA) released its 2017 Construction...more

New Bankruptcy Case Limits Assertion of Post-Bankruptcy Construction Liens

On March 30, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a decision that curtails the rights of suppliers to lien non-debtor third-party property following the bankruptcy filing of a construction...more

Pennsylvania’s New “State Construction Notices Directory” and the Implementation of Significant Changes to Pennsylvania’s...

by K&L Gates LLP on

Important changes to Pennsylvania’s Mechanics’ Lien Law recently took effect on December 31, 2016, with the launch of an online State Construction Notices Directory. These amendments to the Mechanics’ Lien Law (which were...more

Missouri appellate court opens the door to Spearin claims by contractors against public entities

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

A Missouri appellate court has for the first time recognized that a construction contractor may pursue a breach of contract claim against a public entity owner based on the “Spearin doctrine,” meaning the contractor may...more

Kentucky Appellate Court Holds That a Contractor May Pursue Claim of Negligent Misrepresentation Against Architect Despite Lack of...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

D.W. Wilburn, Inc. v. K. Norman Berry Assocs., No. 2015-CA-001254-MR, 2016 Ky. App. Lexis 206 (Ky. Ct. App. Dec. 22, 2016) - This case arose out of a construction project in which the Oldham County Board of Education...more

Fourth Circuit Decision Establishes New Six-Factor Test for Determining Joint Employment under the FLSA

by Littler on

On January 25, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit established a new six-factor test to determine whether two or more entities are joint employers for purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). ...more

Tightening the Screws: Fourth Circuit Establishes New Test for Evaluating Joint Employment Claims Under the Fair Labor Standards...

On January 25, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which governs cases pending in North Carolina, issued two opinions which serve to clarify and expand the circumstances under which entities may...more

It's Official: PA Construction Notices Directory Is Up and Running

By now, you have probably heard enough from us about the new changes to the Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law. If a newsletter article and several blog posts were not enough, here is one more reminder that the long-anticipated...more

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