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|Six Spring OSHA Construction Updates|
John D. Surma; Adams and Reese LLP;
May 9, 2014, previously published on April 30, 2014OSHA has been busy the first four months of 2014. The following are six items of particular interest to those in or affiliated with the construction industry.
|CMA Orders Breedon Aggregates to Divest Plants and Cap Prices|
Dentons Canada LLP;
May 8, 2014, previously published on May 1, 2014As reported in the Competition Update on 7 April, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) was due to publish its final report on the merger between Breedon Aggregates and Aggregate Industries by 5 May. The report was published nearly one month earlier, on 9 April. It is the first merger report...
|Are You Too Cozy With Your Independent Contractors?|
Sandra Mills Feingerts; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
May 8, 2014, previously published on May 5, 2014January 1, 2015 is fast approaching, and with it, the first year the employer mandate applies to employers with 100 or more full-time employees (50 in 2016) - the “Play or Pay” rules. In preparation for this new law, employers should review the individuals they treat as independent...
|Construction Law For Public Projects|
Jason M. Bruno, Robert Byrnes, Jeremy Fitzpatrick, Rex Schultze; Sherrets Bruno & Vogt LLC;
May 5, 2014, previously published by HalfMoon Education Inc. on Spring 2014An analysis of common issues involved in construction law for public projects, including contract provisions, dealing with subcontractors and suppliers, government immunity, and getting paid.
|Obama Administration Proposes to Give States Broad Authority to Toll Existing Interstates to Generate Revenue for Transportation Purposes|
George K. Miller, David Narefsky, John R. Schmidt, Joseph Seliga; Mayer Brown LLP;
May 5, 2014, previously published on April 30, 2014In a major policy shift with potentially large implications for US infrastructure public-private partnership (“PPP”) activity, the Obama administration has proposed to change federal law to give US states broad authority to put tolls on existing interstate highways to provide funding...
|PA Supreme Court Decides Bricklayers Case: Unions No Longer Have Mechanics' Lien Rights in Pennsylvania|
Lori Wisniewski Azzara, Jason A. Copley; Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC;
May 2, 2014, previously published on April 25, 2014As we first reported back in January of 2012, the Pennsylvania Superior Court issued a decision in Bricklayers of Western Pennsylvania Combined Funds v. Scott’s Development Co. that significantly changed the meaning of the Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law. In its decision, the Superior...
|Preliminary Development Agreement: An Innovative Method of Streamlining P3 Procurements in Social Infrastructure|
Joshua A. Levy, Frank M. Rapoport; Peckar & Abramson A Professional Corporation;
May 2, 2014, previously published on April 2014Within the last decade, Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) have played an increasingly crucial role in the construction and renovation of transportation and utility infrastructure. On the other hand, P3s have not been as popular a procurement method for social infrastructure projects such as...
|Your Proposal May Be Accessible to Your Competitors: Safeguard Trade Secrets in Government Procurement|
Lane Powell PC;
May 2, 2014, previously published on April 24, 2014Businesses submitting bids, responses to requests for qualifications, and proposals to state and local agencies must remember that generally their submissions are subject to disclosure under the Public Records Act (PRA). The PRA has limited exceptions. Many contractors and professionals have...
|Getting Paid: Mechanics Liens|
Michael R. Bosse; Bernstein Shur;
April 30, 2014, previously published on April 24, 2014Springtime is upon us and everyone in the construction industry is gearing up for increased work over the next several months. Doing good work though isn’t enough to make you profitable at the end of the year. Your receivables need to be managed in a smart and efficient manner. Many of you...
|Five Questions to Ask When Drafting or Reviewing a Contract|
George F. Burns; Bernstein Shur;
April 30, 2014, previously published on April 24, 2014Contractors, owners and designers in the construction industry want to build and complete projects. They don’t really want to be buried in mountains of paper. However, one of the most important first steps on any construction project is to make sure that the contract documents match the...