COVID-19 AND THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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Occupational Freedom and Opportunity Act: The Changing Landscape of Professional Regulation in the Construction Industry

On June 30, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis signed “The Occupational Freedom and Opportunity Act” into law. The purpose of the act is to eliminate barriers of entry into positions licensed by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) by adding endorsement and reciprocity provisions, removing supplemental business licenses and their fees, reducing licensure […]

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Three Problems With Using PEOs In Construction

When an employer hires a professional employer organization or PEO, the PEO acts as a “co-employer,” and the PEO handles a variety of administrative tasks for employers. This includes payroll services, regulatory paperwork, human resources, workers’ compensation insurance, and employee benefit packages – occasionally at a lower cost than if the employer kept those tasks […]

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Contractor Obligations under Washington’s New COVID-19 Restrictions

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the landscape for businesses, including and especially those in the construction industry.  As the virus continues to linger throughout the country, contractors have become accustomed to changing rules and policies, closings, re-openings, re-closings, and a host of other obstacles to operating in compliance and ensuring employee safety. Yet, with careful […]

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Contingent Payment & Washington Subcontractors’ Right to Payment When Owners Default

Cashflow and prompt payments are vital in each construction business, yet virtually every subcontractor has experienced a payment delay or dispute while working under a general contractor. In many of these situations, the general contractor’s default results from the property owner’s failure to pay the general contractor. In other words, payment issues tend to ‘roll […]

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Four Key Clauses for Safety Manuals

Manuals should clearly define training, monitoring, disciplinary consequences and safety requirements. Here are four key clauses to consider when drafting your safety manual: 1. Plans for Conducting Safety Training While sometimes overlooked, corporate safety and health programs (“safety manuals”) should include plans for how employees will be trained regarding safety. These plans should cover, for […]

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Six Ladder Safety Tips

Ladders are present on virtually every jobsite and provide employees with convenient options to access upper levels. Unfortunately, the hazard of falling can pose significant risks to employees using ladders. Additionally, because non-compliant ladder use is highly visible, it is one of OSHA’s most frequent reasons for issuing citations. To protect employees, keep the following […]

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Mold Disclaimer Contract Provision

Mold and microbial growth may exist on a project prior to a roofing contractor performing work and may be affected by interior heating and cooling.  As a result, a disclaimer provision is recommended to limit potential liability: Contractor disclaims all liability for claims, damages or disputes arising out of mold, mildew, algae, or other forms […]

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Roof Deck Contract Provision

Roofing contractors often face issues associated with the existing roof deck.  In steep slope construction, these issues range from deficiencies/defects in the roof system caused by undulations in the roof deck to unanticipated moisture content.  Similarly, on low slope, deficiencies in the deck may cause ponding water or in the case of certain materials, result […]

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Cheat Sheet for Employee COVID-19 Exposure

Keep in mind that these guidelines are constantly changing, and you may have additional state and local guidelines, so please contact us before taking action. There are 3 situations in which the CDC recommends that employees quarantine: Employee tests positive Employee exhibits or reports the symptoms (but has not tested positive) Employee has been “exposed” […]

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Can OSHA impose COVID-19 Guidelines?

With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise throughout the United States, we have grown accustomed to changes in rules, shifts in policy, closings, re-openings, re-closings, and a host of other obstacles to operating in compliance. Of these changes, the CDC’s interim and revised guidance regarding face masks in the workplace may be the most notable. Contractors […]

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