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The Risks of Working with an Unlicensed Subcontractor

As a general contractor, you’re not only responsible for meeting the scope of work, reaching the agreed upon deadline, and managing your own workforce. You’re also responsible for the work performed by your subcontractors. If a general contractor fails to perform their due diligence and hires an unlicensed subcontractor, whether or not they know it, […]

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The Damage Caused by Unreported Employment Part 2

Unreported employment can be a serious offense that has life-changing consequences for the employers that are committing it and the workers that are victims of it. In part one of this two-part series, we looked at how unreported employment can damage the honest contractors and companies that build our roads, bridges, and houses. Now, a […]

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The Damage Caused by Unreported Employment Part 1

Unreported employment goes by many names: moonlighting, a ghost workforce, working off the books or under the table. No matter what you call it, contractors that don’t properly report their workers to the government can irreparably damage their community, workers, and themselves. In this two-part series, a Naples construction lawyer with Cotney Construction Law will […]

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10 Employment Law Pitfalls in Construction Part 4

In this four-part series, our Miami contractor attorneys are breaking down several ways that a construction firm can violate labor laws. Whether it’s insight into wage and hour law, overtime pay, recordkeeping statutes, worker misclassification, child labor laws, or workers’ compensation laws, an experienced attorney is standing by for consultation. At Cotney Construction Law, we […]

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10 Employment Law Pitfalls in Construction Part 3

Construction firms across the nation need to be mindful of employment laws. In fact, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) is cracking down on construction companies that are violating these laws. Whether it’s an excessive fine, a stop-work order, or criminal charges, there can be dire consequences for willful infractions. Consult our Miami construction […]

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10 Employment Law Pitfalls in Construction Part 2

In this four-part article, Miami construction attorneys are discussing ten ways that construction firms can find themselves in hot water when they commit labor law infractions. Violations of labor laws can lead to a Department of Labor hearing, In the first part, we covered a few common violations including construction firms that fail to pay […]

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10 Employment Law Pitfalls in Construction Part 1

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) is targeting construction firms that violate employment laws. Whether or not these violations were deliberate or accidental, if the DOL uncovers infractions during an investigation, the end result will be costly citations for the construction firm. In this four-part article, a Miami construction lawyer will discuss ten common […]

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Aging Out of Foster Care and into the Construction Industry

Despite the lowest national unemployment rate in nearly two decades, the construction industry continues to combat a labor shortage problem that has caused widespread delays for many projects. Contractors and construction firms are considering unique ways to revitalize interest in construction for America’s youth. In this brief article, the lawyers at Cotney Construction Law, an […]

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Combating Worker Fatigue in Construction Part 2

The construction industry is a high-risk environment that is both physically and mentally demanding. Our Lakeland construction attorneys are intimately familiar with federal safety regulations, and we know that employers are responsible for ensuring that their project sites are safe. Although many hazards are brought to the forefront on construction sites, one that is often […]

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Combating Worker Fatigue in Construction Part 1

Irregular and extended shifts are common in certain industries. The construction industry is among those industries that often requires both long work hours and irregular shifts. As a result, workers experience both mental and physical fatigue. Unfortunately, fatigue tends to be overlooked, but ignoring fatigue comes with repercussions that construction companies cannot afford. In this […]

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