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Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Order Affects Federal Contractors

Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Order Affects Federal Contractors

Passing new legislation in the construction industry happens all the time. Whether it be the recently popular P3 legislation, adjustments to a state’s Little Miller Act, or even new regulations on drones, new laws affect the construction industry in a multitude of ways. Specifically, just by reading the title it’s obvious that fair pay and […]

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Michigan Lien Law Alert: Attorney Fees Recoverable After Arbitration

Michigan Lien Law Alert: Attorney Fees Recoverable After Arbitration

Depending on who you ask, alternative dispute resolutions are considered either an efficient tool to avoid the court system, or an unpredictable beast that can be just as slow and costly as the judicial system. Nevertheless, with the potential benefits of arbitration and mediation, many contracts have alternative dispute resolution (ADR) clauses built in. Such was the case […]

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Payment and Performance Bonds on a Private Project?

Payment and Performance Bonds on a Private Project?

Requiring bonds on a construction project is a great way to insure that a project stays on track. In calling for payment and performance bonds, the awarding authority adds another layer of accountability for prime contractors. Because public projects are funded by tax dollars, and because subcontractors and suppliers cannot avail themselves to some of their […]

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Contractors Going Unpaid in Minnesota’s Iron Range

Contractors Going Unpaid in Minnesota's Iron Range

One of the reasons mechanics liens are such a valuable tool is that they create a secured debt interest in the property to which the lien is attached. In bankruptcy proceedings, this becomes invaluable because, generally, secured debts are given first priority. Unfortunately, these secured debts often exceed the assets of the bankrupt party. When […]

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FEMA Proposal Affects Contractors on Public Projects

FEMA Proposal Affects Contractors on Public Projects

Public projects raise a laundry list of issues that those on private projects do not face. For instance, missing payments on public projects can lead to grave consequences even though mechanics liens don’t come into the equation. Other considerations such as record keeping and anti-corruption laws can also come into play. Any way you slice it, […]

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Substantial Completion on Colorado Construction Defect Actions

Substantial Completion on Colorado Construction Defect Actions

As we have discussed before, knowing your deadline to file a lien requires knowing when the clock starts. This date is often referred to as the substantial completion date or project completion date. Depending on the state, this date can vary between the date when the entire project has been completed or when your work on a […]

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Do Not Miss Payments on Rhode Island Public Projects

Do Not Miss Payments on Rhode Island Public Projects

In the construction industry, there are different rules for payment regarding public and private projects. The differences can include prompt payment, retainage, and of course surety bonds, among others. In order to avoid liability and to protect subcontractors and suppliers, states require contractors on public projects to post bonds. Should a contractor fail to pay […]

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Florida Contractors: Revisions Made to Anti-Corruption Laws

Florida Contractors: Revisions Made to Anti-Corruption Laws

With new legislation popping up all the time, it’s important that construction managers stay on top of changes that can affect the way they do business. Just recently we’ve seen changes to Louisiana P3 legislation, loosened drone regulations, and potential changes to Texas lien law. While these laws quite obviously apply to contractors, sometimes the relationship can […]

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Florida Contractors Must Provide Records on Public Projects

Florida Contractors Must Provide Records on Public Projects

When a contractor works on a public project, the rules change a bit. Because contractors are dealing with public entities, certain protections must be afforded. One of these protections is the use of surety bonds to protect the public agency from payment disputes while also affording claimants security to payment. Mechanics liens do not attach to […]

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Changes To Texas Lien Law May Be On The Horizon

Changes To Texas Lien Law May Be On The Horizon

Texas is infamous for having what may be the most confusing, jumbled set of lien laws in the nation. As it stands, the state’s notice requirements are a mess, yet remain toughest in the country. Texas construction attorneys have taken notice of this issue, and since 2013 a group has been working to make changes to Texas lien […]

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