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HTMLUnionized and Non-Unionized Management Rights in the Construction Industry: The Newfoundland and Labrador Snapshot
Ruth E. Trask; Stewart McKelvey;
Legal Alert/Article
May 21, 2014, previously published on Spring 2014
Has your Newfoundland-based construction company recently been certified by a union, or are you contemplating the use of a union subcontractor on your worksite? There are a number of unique features of the construction industry in Newfoundland and Labrador. This article will make you aware of just...


HTMLSafety Begins With You: What Construction Employers in Atlantic Canada Need to Know About Occupational Health and Safety
Michelle McCann, Rebecca Saturley; Stewart McKelvey;
Legal Alert/Article
May 21, 2014, previously published on Spring 2014
Workplace injury and death is highest in the construction industry. In 2008, the Federal Government recorded an average of 24.5 injuries annually per 1,000 employees in the construction industry. Given these statistics, it is in a construction employer's best interest to take all reasonable...


HTMLUnionization and Its Impact in the Construction Industry
Stephen J. Carpenter, Richard (Rick) M. Dunlop, Sacha D. Morisset, Stephen F. Penney; Stewart McKelvey;
Legal Alert/Article
May 21, 2014, previously published on Spring 2014
Non-union employers in Atlantic Canada's construction industry should be aware of the relative ease with which they can become unionized and the significant impact that unionization can have on the operation of their businesses.


HTMLA Nonconforming Building vs. an Illegal Building
Tucker Griffin Barnes P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 19, 2014, previously published on Spring 2014
There are a few exceptions to zoning that can help clear up issues with nonconforming buildings or structures. For example, what do you do if the survey shows that a house is built too close to the locality's building setback lines?


HTMLPA Supreme Court Holds that Contractor Employees are not “Subcontractors” and Cannot File Mechanics’ Lien Claims - May 6, 2014
Matthew M. Hennesy; Barley Snyder;
Legal Alert/Article
May 14, 2014, previously published on May 6, 2014
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s recent decision in Bricklayers of Western Pennsylvania Combined Funds Inc. v. Scotts Development Co. reversed the Superior Court’s expansive reading of the Mechanics’ Lien Law that allowed employees of contractors to file mechanics’ liens....


HTMLAlaska Governor Parnell Signs Alaska LNG Project Legislation
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 13, 2014, previously published on May 9, 2014
The Alaska Journal of Commerce reports that Alaska Governor Parnell signed legislation yesterday enacting the state’s participation in the Alaska LNG Project with producers BP, ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil, and pipeline company TransCanada. The project consists of the construction of a...


HTMLSix Spring OSHA Construction Updates
John D. Surma; Adams and Reese LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 9, 2014, previously published on April 30, 2014
OSHA 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.


HTMLAre You Too Cozy With Your Independent Contractors?
Sandra Mills Feingerts; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 8, 2014, previously published on May 5, 2014
January 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...


HTMLCMA Orders Breedon Aggregates to Divest Plants and Cap Prices
Dentons Canada LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 8, 2014, previously published on May 1, 2014
As 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...


HTMLObama 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;
Legal Alert/Article
May 5, 2014, previously published on April 30, 2014
In 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...


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