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Construction Processes, Legal

Four Solar Projects Settle $1.3M EPA Clean Water Construction Suit

November 15, 2022

Via: ENR

The owners of four solar farms agreed to settle allegations of federal Clean Water Act violations tied to construction permits and stormwater management on projects totaling more than 500 MW in Alabama, Idaho and Illinois, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency […]


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The Dotted Line: How to include anti-bias clauses in construction contracts

October 25, 2022

Via: Construction Dive

With the recurrence of racist and sexist incidents on jobsites receiving increased attention in the construction industry, contractors have developed playbooks for responding to these events. Included in those policies are site-wide stand downs to review what happened and counsel […]


Construction Processes, Legal

Contractor Agrees to Pay $1.5M Over Contaminated Fill

October 21, 2022

Via: ENR

A contractor working on a highway project in Rhode Island has agreed to pay $1.5 million in fines and its former project superintendent pleaded guilty to criminal charges in deals with the U.S. Attorney’s Office over improperly sourced fill that […]


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Construction pros call for immigration reform to fill surge of open jobs

October 18, 2022

Via: Construction Dive

Researchers and other experts expect millions of new construction jobs in coming months due to the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, CHIPS Act and the Inflation Reduction Act. That’s in addition to the 407,000 unfilled jobs in […]


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Ill. Labor Dept. Orders Contractor to Pay $500K for Prevailing Wage Violations

October 12, 2022

Via: ENR

The Illinois Dept. of Labor has ordered a bulk storage building contractor to pay nearly $500,000 in back pay to workers and penalties for failing to meet state-certified prevailing wage and benefit rates. The department recently reached a settlement with […]


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EEOC sues Schuff Steel for discrimination

October 7, 2022

Via: Construction Dive

The lawsuit is at least the fourth discrimination complaint EEOC has lodged against construction companies in recent weeks. Previously, EEOC filed against California-based contractor Goodsell/Wilkins and Florida contractors Alto Construction and J.A. Croson. The suit against Schuff alleges the hostile […]


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EEOC sues California contractor for national origin, sexual harassment

September 29, 2022

Via: Construction Dive

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued a California commercial framing and drywall contractor for national origin and sexual harassment, alleging supervisors addressed Latino workers with racial slurs and threatened to sexually assault them. The EEOC’s suit against Orange County, […]


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Judge Rules Insurance Doesn’t Cover Construction Exec’s Secret Contract Edit Benefiting Dad

September 8, 2022

Via: ENR

A contractor that claims a former company executive stole from it by surreptitiously altering a contract after it was signed cannot recoup its losses from its insurer, a federal judge ruled August 30. The contractor, Chesapeake, Va.-based Heartland Construction Inc., […]


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Court Grants Stay on Federal Contractor COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for ABC Members

August 30, 2022

Via: ENR

On Aug. 26 the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta granted a further stay of the Biden administration’s federal contractor COVID-19 vaccine mandate in seven states and also for members of the Associated Builders and Contractors of America. The […]


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How and Why ENR Covered the Flint Trial

August 25, 2022

Via: ENR

As legal theater, the long trial of two engineering firms for their role in the Flint, Mich., water crisis ended with a thud. A federal jury in Ann Arbor, Mich., earlier this month deadlocked and the judge declared a mistrial. […]


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New Law Aims to Boost Low-Carbon Materials in Highways, Reconnect Neighborhoods

August 22, 2022

Via: ENR

The recently enacted Inflation Reduction Act contains highway-related provisions that aim to give a boost to infrastructure projects in disadvantaged communities and for the use of low-carbon construction materials on federal highway projects. The larger of the two provisions provides […]


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Inflation Reduction Act would boost low-carbon materials in civil projects

August 12, 2022

Via: Construction Dive

The federal Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 contains more than $5 billion to incentivize the use of low-carbon building materials in public infrastructure projects and certain government-owned buildings. The sprawling $485 billion bill, which aims to fight climate change and […]


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With Vice President’s Tie-Breaker, US Senate Approves Far-Reaching Climate Bill

August 8, 2022

Via: ENR

With Vice President Kamala Harris casting the decisive vote, the U.S. Senate passed 51-50 an economic package on Aug. 7 that authorizes $369 billion to address climate change. The package now moves to the U.S. House of Representatives, which is […]


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Texas contractor settles EEOC racial discrimination suit for $50K

July 14, 2022

Via: Construction Dive

Lone Wolf Resources, based in Holly Lake Ranch, Texas, did not immediately respond to Construction Dive’s requests for comment. Lone Wolf’s lead attorney on the case, Jessica Theresa Travers of law firm Littler Mendelson PC, said she was not authorized […]


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White House incentivizes stronger building codes, standards

June 7, 2022

Via: Construction Dive

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts “above-average hurricane activity” for this year’s storm season, which extends through November. The agency anticipates up to 21 named storms and six major hurricanes with winds of 111 miles per hour or higher. […]


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4 things every contractor should know about insurance

May 19, 2022

Via: Construction Dive

Proper insurance is a critical risk-management tool for contractors, design professionals and project owners. Disputes are an inevitable cost of doing business, and the importance of understanding the types of insurance available and which claims might be covered has never […]


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Missouri contractor charged with fraud for minority business claims

April 6, 2022

Via: Construction Dive

Minority and women-owned business participation on construction projects has become a hot-button topic. Many government-funded projects set participation goals for underrepresented groups, while the industry has tried to change its White-guys-only image with diversity and inclusion initiatives. Hal Goldsmith, assistant […]


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OSHA pulls temporary vaccine rule, says permanent mandate is in the works

January 26, 2022

Via: Construction Dive

The withdrawal follows a Jan. 13 stay from the U.S. Supreme Court. Lawsuits questioned whether federal workplace safety law gives OSHA the power to enact such an emergency standard; finding that the challenges were likely to succeed on its merits, […]


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NY Gov. Sets Industry Advisory Council to Fix Public Contracts Process

January 21, 2022

Via: ENR

A New York construction industry advisory group, created under a law Gov. Kathy Hochul signed in December, will study and recommend adjustments to state public contracting to address damages incurred by contractors, subcontractors and others because of payment delays on […]


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Texas developer settles military housing fraud claim for $500K

January 18, 2022

Via: Construction Dive

The DOJ’s resolution with Hunt comes less than a month after Malvern, Pennsylvania-based Balfour Beatty Communities (BBC), the U.S subsidiary of Balfour Beatty and one of the country’s largest providers of privatized military housing, pleaded guilty to one count of […]