Contractor – Know Thyself

It is good to occasionally to review our basic business processes. For our construction clients, one of these processes to involve in a periodic review and renewed staff training pertaining to preparation and monitoring of construction contracts.  More specifically, it involves an awareness of a company’s status as a specific type of contractor for purposes…

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So you love your construction lawyer?

Yes I know that all the surveys rate lawyers only slightly higher than dog catchers but that is referring to the other guy’s lawyer, not your own. You have a great lawyer and good friend who understands your business and your challenges and today you just got sued and you want your lawyer friend to…

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Right to Work Questions of the Day

When does the new law go into effect?   August 28, 2017 Does the Act prohibit union dues check off provisions? No, a union check off provision (withholding union dues) is a matter of federal law and not subject to state regulation.  The Right to Work Act is very limited and only addresses union security clauses….

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A Primer on New Missouri Right to Work Law

What does Right to Work Mean? Employers are barred from: requiring employees to become, remain, or refrain from becoming a member of a labor organization; or pay dues or other charges required of labor organization members as a condition of employment. Any agreement, understanding, or practice, written or oral, implied or expressed, between any labor…

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LEED Certification on the Decline while Energy Efficiency is on the Rise

LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification is one of the most popular green building certification programs that is used throughout the world.  The program was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council to provide building owners and developers with a framework to identify and implement practical design, construction, and maintenance of green buildings…

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Construction industry groups call on President-elect Donald Trump to repeal PLA mandate

With new leadership comes inevitable change.  “A coalition of 12 construction industry and other private sector groups sends a letter to President-elect Donald Trump asking him to rescind Executive Order 13502, which encourages federal agencies to require project labor agreements on large scale projects.” http://www.constructiondive.com/news/construction-industry-groups-call-on-trump-to-repeal-pla-mandate/433807/

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Mechanics Liens – When is a structure not lienable?

Mechanic’s liens are legal creations that protect persons who improve real estate.  Contractors and sub-contractors should beware, however, that not all structures that might, to a layman, seem to be a lienable improvements to real estate, are legally lienable.  A case in point is the wind energy system that was built on property pursuant to…

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EMPLOYER ALERT—Federal Judge Halts DOL Wage and Hour Regulation

On November 22, 2016, a Texas federal judge entered a nationwide injunction blocking the U.S. Department of Labor from implementing a controversial rule that would have expanded overtime protections, saying the rule improperly created a de facto salary test for determining which workers fall under the Fair Labor Standards Act’s so-called “white collar” exemption. Per …

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