Tag: government

Construction Site Safety, Regulations

Illinois Contractors Face Liability for Subs’ Unpaid Wages

June 24, 2022

Via: ENR

A pair of amendments to Illinois state law aimed at preventing wage theft make construction contractors liable if subcontractors don’t pay their employees. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the bills amending the state’s existing wage payment and collection law June 10. […]

Construction Processes, Financial, Legal, Procurement

Biden toughens Buy American rules

January 26, 2021

Via: Construction Dive

Manufacturing and labor groups including the AFL-CIO applauded the order, which tightens policies already in place. “The Trump administration used the right words but never put in place policies to affect meaningful change,” Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, said […]


In coronavirus crisis, US construction firms begin turning to layoffs, furloughs

April 9, 2020

Via: Construction Dive

The economic woes are tied to a slowdown in work, respondents said, and 30% of firms said they had been asked by government officials to shut down construction sites. In addition, 53% of respondents said their projects have been delayed […]

Construction Processes, Legal

Concrete firm charged for using staffing company to re-hire undocumented workers

January 3, 2020

Via: Construction Dive

It is more common for undocumented workers to participate in projects as independent contractors because those workers do not have to provide the same information — i.e. proof of citizenship or work authorization — that employees do. And contractors have […]

Construction Processes, Procurement

Public Procurement Takes a Turn Worthy of Note

September 6, 2019

Via: ConstructConnect

Some seasoned government contracting firms have spent decades studying ‘best practices’ associated with winning new business. They know exactly what it takes, and because of that, they incur less risk when pursuing projects. These firms also win lots of government […]

Construction Processes, Interaction of Expertise, Legal

Industry leaders ask for government help as trades shortage worsens

August 29, 2019

Via: BDCNetwork

Construction industry leaders are asking the federal government for help in easing the worsening shortage of workers. According to a survey from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and Autodesk, 80% of construction firms say they are having difficulty […]

Construction Processes, Legal

Florida authorities investigating We Build the Wall

August 15, 2019

Via: Construction Dive

We Build the Wall announced after Memorial Day this year that it had substantially completed a half-mile to 1-mile section of border wall on private property in Sunland, New Mexico, during the course of the long holiday weekend. Contractor Fisher […]

Construction Processes, Legal

Unpaid $412K OSHA fine lands New Jersey contractor in contempt of court

August 8, 2019

Via: Construction Dive

Also wrapped into the same case is another Saites company, Avcon, which was dissolved in 2010. The government was seeking repayment of a $77,000 fine it said Avcon still owed, but the appeals court denied that petition. OSHA regularly makes […]

Construction Processes, Financial, Legal

Federal Builders Miss in Contract Change Oversight

July 10, 2019

Via: ENR

Two leading federal construction owners lack agency-wide data and process control for contract changes that could delay cost resolution and even project completion, with impacts for contractors, particularly small firms, says a new U.S. government watchdog agency report. The Government […]


Municipal Buildings – It’s Time to Count the Cost of Ignoring the Need for New Facilities

June 15, 2018

Via: ConstructConnect

All indicators point to a strong year for the construction industry.  Most projections are that the growth will continue through 2021. However, there could be a glitch…and it could come from the public sector – the local levels of government, […]

Construction Processes, Financial

Trump FY19 Budget Mixed for Construction

April 3, 2018

Via: ENR

President Trump’s fiscal year 2019 budget request seeks deep cuts for many construction accounts and some increases. But if the proposal, released on Feb. 12, gets the same Capitol Hill reception as his 2018 plan did, Congress will go its […]

Construction Processes, Financial, Legal

Tax Reforms a Big Deal for Small, Midsized Builders

February 14, 2018

Via: ENR

The Trump administration and congressional Republicans pushed hard for a massive federal-tax overhaul in December that left virtually no segment of U.S. industry untouched, including construction. The $1.5-trillion Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017, which went into effect […]

Construction Processes, Legal

How to survive a government shutdown

September 6, 2017

Via: Construction Dive

In 2013, after partisan squabbles around the Affordable Care Act, Congress failed to enact a spending bill, throwing the federal government into shutdown mode. As a result, more than 400,000 government workers were furloughed, and agencies deemed nonessential shuttered their windows […]