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Construction Processes, Legal

Trump Executive Order Would Waive Project Environmental Rules

June 4, 2020

Via: ENR

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order—claiming an economic emergency spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic—that directs federal agencies to bypass environmental laws to expedite infrastructure projects, including those on federal lands. Legal challenges are expected to follow. “Antiquated regulations […]


Construction Processes, Legal

House Approves Bill to Loosen Paycheck Protection Restrictions

May 28, 2020

Via: ENR

The House has passed legislation, by an overwhelming margin, that would loosen some restrictions for implementing the federal Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP, which provides forgivable loans to assist small businesses stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic. The bill, which […]


Construction Processes, Legal

The Dotted Line: How will clients approach contracts post-pandemic?

May 26, 2020

Via: Construction Dive

While contractors and their legal advisers try to work out how the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated mandatory project shutdowns will affect future jobsite operations and profitability, it’s worth looking ahead to what kind of contract terms construction companies could […]


Construction Processes, Financial, Legal

What contractors need to know about the Paycheck Protection Program

May 13, 2020

Via: Construction Dive

When it was clear that the novel coronavirus was going to severely disrupt the business operations of many U.S. companies across a wide range of industries, lawmakers decided to provide economic relief via the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security […]


Construction Processes, Legal

Construction code purveyor calls Supreme Court’s ruling that annotated code can’t be copyrighted ‘monumental’

April 29, 2020

Via: Construction Dive

In the dissenting opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that while statutes and regulations cannot be protected by copyright, “accompanying notes lacking legal force can be.” The state, he wrote, makes it clear that the annotations are not legally binding. How […]


Construction Processes, Legal, Sustainability

San Francisco Bay Area to Extend Construction Restrictions Through May

April 28, 2020

Via: ENR

Seven San Francisco Bay-area health officers will jointly extend and modify their shelter-in-place orders, some of the most restrictive in California. AGC of California is in talks with the group in hopes they adopt the organization’s multi-phased plan to ease […]


Construction Processes, Financial, Legal

Senate Votes to Add $310B to ‘Paycheck Protection’ Loans, $75B for Health Care

April 21, 2020

Via: ENR

The U.S. Senate approved on April 21 a compromise measure to inject $310 billion into the now-empty Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)—which aims to assist financially strapped small businesses, including those in construction, engineering and building materials—with forgivable loans to help […]


Construction Processes, Legal

CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program Available for Construction Firms

April 9, 2020

Via: ConstructConnect

The CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act includes many potential relief opportunities for the nation’s construction industry, which has been hit hard with disrupted supply demand, delayed projects, closed sites, and labor shortages. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), […]


Construction Processes, Financial, Legal

Trump administration clarifies that paycheck protection loan program applies to all small construction firms

April 8, 2020

Via: Construction Dive

Specifically, the new guidance clarifies that businesses do not have to qualify as a small business concern (as defined in section 3 of the Small Business Act, 15 U.S.C. 632) in order to participate in the program. It states that […]


Construction Processes, Legal

OSHA cites engineer, 10 contractors in deadly Hard Rock New Orleans collapse

April 7, 2020

Via: Construction Dive

After a months-long investigation, OSHA has cited and fined 11 firms in connection with the October 2019 partial collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans. The agency has proposed fines totaling $315,536, and all companies have 15 days […]