Tag: contractors

California CSLB’s Reminder for C-57 Licensees

In the midst of a serious California drought, water concerns have brought with it a rise in well drilling.  Today, the California Contractors State License Board sent out a timely reminder that C-57 well drilling licensees in the Central Valley must register portable internal combustion engines of 50 horsepower or greater used to power drilling … Continue Reading

Subcontracting Pitfalls: Making The Flow Down Work

In my latest Daily Journal of Commerce Construction column, I discuss the recent rash of cases involving the question of whether subcontractors are bound by the terms of a project’s prime construction contract. In many of these situations, subcontractors contend that their subcontracts give them rights, remedies or defenses against the prime contractor that the … Continue Reading

LEED-igation: Fact or Fiction?

While many in the Pacific Northwest claim to have seen Sasquatch or Bigfoot, few have any evidence to substantiate the existence of this fabled creature. Regardless, hope rings eternal for some that one day this beast will be catalogued as a genuine, albeit elusive, example of the “missing link” between man and ape. Applying this … Continue Reading

May a Contractor Sue the Owner’s Lender?

In my latest Daily Journal of Commerce Construction column, I discuss the issue of whether a contractor may sue a lender. This occasionally arises when a project’s owner runs into trouble and the construction lender stops funding. The argument that is occasionally advanced is that the lender knew the contractor had started work and, if … Continue Reading

OSHA Creep

OSHA compliance recently became harder and costlier, and may continue to do so, thanks to several developments at the federal and state level. (Click here for a prior post on OSHA reform.) You may go to prison if you discipline or terminate an employee who might be worried about an unsafe working condition—even though your … Continue Reading

Not so Ahead of Schedule: OSHA Reform

Contributor:  Louis A. Ferreira Congress has proposed legislation that would amend the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to increase both civil and criminal penalties, expand coverage, and create new obligations for employers. Congress has not acted recently on the bill, named the “Protecting America’s Workers Act," but employers should expect action sometime in the new year. … Continue Reading
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