July 31, 2020
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...
July 30, 2020
5 Safety Measures Contractors Can Use During COVID-19
COVID-19 has upended all of our lives in myriad ways – and we may be living with it for the foreseeable future. For those in the construction industry, certain protocols should be followed to help protect workers and alleviate some of the COVID-19 stress associated with our new reality...
July 27, 2020
Hurricane Preparation During the COVID-19 Pandemic
As of July 21, 2020, there were over 370,000 positive cases of COVID-19 from Florida residents and over 4,600 positive cases from non-Florida residents in the state of Florida. The construction industry across the United States has already taken a major hit, especially in residential construction, where new building permit authorizations and housing starts reached their lowest levels in half a decade...
July 22, 2020
How COVID-19 is Changing the Technology Landscape of the Construction Industry
As the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spreads across the United States, construction firms are scrambling to find new ways to maintain jobsite productivity while protecting their workers from the virus. Particularly with social distancing requirements, many contractors are left without their usual means of monitoring jobsite progress...
July 9, 2020
COVID-19 Waiver and Release Contract Provision
We are concerned about customers and third parties trying to sue roofing contractors for unintentional exposure to COVID-19. Below is an example of COVID-19 release language we have drafted along with other provisions to try and prevent these types of claims...
July 1, 2020
Understanding OSHA’s Reporting Guidelines for COVID-19 Infections
As many states experience an increased rate of COVID-19 infections, construction jobsites need to have a firm grasp of recordkeeping requirements under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In a past article, we covered guidance from OSHA on the recordkeeping of work-related infections...
June 24, 2020
CARES Act Modifications by the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act
As part of the U.S. Government’s response to the economic consequences arising from COVID-19 pandemic, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan was created under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Restrictions imposed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) provided inflexibility which has caused many small businesses to question the desirability of the loan.
June 24, 2020
COVID-19: Medical Screenings in the Workplace and Employer Responsiblities
The coronavirus (COVID-19) has proven to be a global threat, not only to the public at large, but also to the economy and businesses. As we continue to navigate these uncharted waters, it is imperative for employers to implement safety protocols to prevent the spread of the virus among employees, while ensuring employees’ rights are not being violated.
June 24, 2020
May 28, 2020
Construction Law: Force Majeure
The spread of COVID-19 has nearly grinded the United States economy to a complete halt, and the effects from this pandemic will be long-lasting and devastating. One industry that the pandemic is wreaking havoc on is construction because it is disrupting every aspect of the industry from the supply chain and labor force to project delays and uncertain lenders.