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Construction Processes, Legal

Illinois law sets maximum retainage on private projects

September 12, 2019

Via: BDCNetwork

A new Illinois law sets the maximum retainage clients can withhold from contractor payments on private projects. The change went into effect on August 20, and is expected to help many general contractors and subcontractors receive bigger checks earlier in […]


Construction Processes, Legal

Manhattan DA busts labor broker for workers’ comp fraud

September 10, 2019

Via: Construction Dive

Labor brokers, whose job it is to provide workers, rather than bidding on whole projects, have earned a sketchy reputation in some quarters because some don’t pay their employees a decent wage, deny them benefits like health insurance and don’t […]


Construction Processes, Legal

Returning lawmakers could move on several infrastructure bills, including $287B highway act

September 9, 2019

Via: Construction Dive

As Congress reconvenes today after a five-week summer break, members will be considering several pieces of legislation of interest to the construction industry. Jimmy Christianson, vice president of government relations at Associated General Contractors of America, said he is hopeful […]


Construction Processes, Legal

National Labor Relations Board’s independent contractor ruling called ’employer friendly’

September 5, 2019

Via: Construction Dive

Many construction companies use independent contractors. It is a standard industry practice. However, there has always been a tug of war between contractors and lawmakers debating exactly when a worker is considered an independent contractor rather than an employee. That’s […]


Construction Processes, Construction Site Safety, Legal, Regulations

Worker sues Marriott, PCL, other contractors after witnessing construction deaths in Florida

September 4, 2019

Via: Construction Dive

A case like Brown’s, said Jason Kellogg, partner at the law firm of Levine Kellogg Lehman Schneider + Grossman in Miami, is very difficult to win because it requires plaintiffs to prove that the level of negligence was so high […]


Construction Processes, Interaction of Expertise, Legal

DOL apprenticeship plan stirs debate among contractors

September 4, 2019

Via: Construction Dive

The provision in question would recognize select groups as Standards Recognition Entities (SREs), which would establish criteria for structure, curricula and training for industry-recognized apprenticeship programs (IRAPs). This would allow industry groups, associations, schools, states, localities and unions to become […]


Construction Processes, Financial, Legal, Sustainability

Insurance Company Stresses Resilience With Competition

September 3, 2019

Via: ENR

The insurance industry is getting into the resilience business. QBE Insurance and Ashoka – which promotes social entrepreneurship— are in the middle of what may be the first-ever resilience-focused entrepreneurial challenge for the urban environment. “The fact is the climate […]


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

The Dotted Line: When contractors can walk off the job

August 27, 2019

Via: Construction Dive

When general contractors or subcontractors sign on to construction projects, they usually start off believing everything will run smoothly. But, during the course of the work, issues sometimes arise that force all parties to go running back to their contracts […]


Construction Processes, Legal

OSHA fines I-4 Ulltimate JV $15K for worker death

August 20, 2019

Via: Construction Dive

This was the fourth fatal accident on the project since construction began in 2015. The first death happened in February 2016 when another employee of the JV, 34-year-old Marvin Franklin, was hit by a dump truck filled with dirt. In […]