Improper Installation Of Stone Veneer Creates Risk Of Mold, Rot

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We all remember the litigation nightmare surrounding synthetic stucco or EIFS (exterior insulation finish systems) in the recent past. Now, commentators worry that Adhered Concrete Masonry Veneer, also known as manufactured stone veneer, when installed improperly, poses the potential to cause widespread litigation similar to EIFS. In case you do not recall, EIFS became a popular exterior on residential structures …

What Will Trump’s 2018 Infrastructure Package Include?

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Donald Trump’s administration is reportedly planning to unveil its long-promised infrastructure proposal in January, according to The Wall Street Journal. Trump administration officials spoke about the plan’s release as early as March of this year. The president himself said it was largely completed in May, announcing it would be coming in two to three weeks. A themed Infrastructure Week at …

Pennsylvania Construction Union’s Suit Against Contractor’s Surety Alleges Breach of Contract

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A Pittsburgh-based non-profit corporation claims a bonding company has neglected to pay it more than $150,000 in contributions and wage deductions, and has initiated litigation to recover that amount. Operating Engineers Local 66, AFL-CIO & Construction Industry Combined Funds, Inc. of Pittsburgh filed suit in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas on Nov. 27 versus Allegheny Casualty Company, of Newark, …

California Wage Law To Let Subs’ Employees File Claims Against GCs’ Bonds

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In mid-October, California passed a bill which will make general contractors liable for any unpaid wages and fringe benefits owed to employees of subcontractors. The ruling will go into effect on Jan. 1, and will apply to all private construction projects entered into after that date. Needless to say, the bill was met with resistance on the side of contractors …

Construction: Implications of Classifying Workers As Independent Contractors

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Article by Debra R. Franklin, Esq., SPHR, VP, HR Solutions, Murray Securus Attention construction employers – it’s important you know the Construction Worker Misclassification Act (CWMA) and the implications of classifying workers as independent contractors for workers’ compensation purposes in Pennsylvania. How can an “employer” in the construction industry succeed in not paying workers’ compensation by claiming that the injured person …

Construction Employers Must Provide Paid Family Leave in New York

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Effective January 1, 2018, employees of construction employers (supplies, architects, contractors, and others) working in New York State may be eligible for paid family leave. The NY Paid Family Leave Law (“PFLL”) is both broader than and more narrow than the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. The PFLL applies to all employees employed by private employers in the construction …

Subs Should Avoid Common Mistakes In Managing Lien Waivers

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It’s very easy to make a mistake when exchanging lien waivers on a project, and a lien waiver mistake can be very costly. Most commercial construction companies deal with lien waivers in some form. General contractors must request, collect, and track lien waivers from everyone below them on a project. (And when we say “below them,” we’re not talking about …

Relationships In The Surety Industry Require A Long-Term Approach

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Like runners preparing for a marathon, surety bond producers need to think long-term when building lasting connections with their contractor, subcontractor, and specialty trade clients. “The most important element in building a good relationship is building a level of trust,” said Eric Zimmerman, Vice President, Propel Insurance, Seattle, WA. “That just happens over time, with consistent feedback and follow-up and …

Insurer Executive: Shifts In Risk, Liability Will Alter Construction Insurance

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Michael S. McGavick, the chief executive of insurer XL Group Ltd., delivered the keynote speech at the International Risk Management Institute construction conference earlier this month in Indianapolis. A former chief executive of Safeco Corp. and a former candidate for the U.S. Senate in Washington state, McGavick predicted in his speech and in a later interview that construction insurance would …