Outside Influences on the Interior Construction Market

  The long-term outlook for interior building contractors and suppliers is highly complex because it’s influenced by economic cycles, the relentless corporate goal of cost minimization, and the growing urgency among universities, government agencies and nonprofits to manage costs more carefully.

Parameters of the Attorney-Client Privilege

Although attorneys have an ethical obligation to keep information relating to a client’s representation confidential, many contractors fail to understand how attorney-client privilege works and wrongly believe they can tell their attorneys anything without the risk of disclosure. This can lead to costly mistakes that could jeopardize valid claims and disputes on construction projects.

Mitigating the Expense of Multi-Party Defect Litigation

While multi-party defect litigation occurs infrequently for most contractors, these cases can be extremely expensive and time-consuming and can even lead to the loss of a business. However, there are ways to promote quicker, less costly resolution of multi-party defect litigation and avoid unnecessarily wasting money and resources. 

Stay Tuned to OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Rule

  No potential rule is poised to impact the construction industry more than OSHA’s proposal to comprehensively regulate crystalline silica. If adopted, the rule would significantly reduce the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for crystalline silica and require contractors to implement engineering controls and follow several “ancillary” provisions, such as exposure monitoring, medical surveillance and the establishment of regulated areas.

Take a Strategic Approach To PPACA Compliance

  While much about the PPACA implementation remains uncertain, employers cannot afford to ignore it. Businesses seeking to mitigate potential liability under the PPACA—now and in the future—need to take a strategic and comprehensive approach to complying with the law.

Regulators Reset Their Agenda After Tumultuous Year in Labor Law

  The Obama administration’s anti-business agenda in 2013 sparked numerous legal challenges impacting the merit shop construction industry. Many labor law “firsts” occurred in last year, particularly in regard to the NLRB, DOL, PLA and PPACA.

Optimize Energy Performance With the Whole Building Design Guide

Content on www.wbdg.org is updated regularly to reflect the latest standards, laws and regulations. It is presented at a non-expert level and geared toward team members who need to know enough about a topic to make educated decisions that drive the project’s direction and development.

2014 Senate Races to Watch

Alaska is the last state in our series on races that could have a major impact on the 2014 Senate elections. Sen. Begich is fighting an uphill battle in a deeply conservative state. Democrats will attempt to make the race about GOP nominee and former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan, but the true wild card will be the unpredictable Alaska electorate and its penchant for third-party spoilers. Expect this race to go down to the wire and factor heavily into Senate control.

A Contract Compliance Framework Can Reduce Risk

It is important for attorneys and insurance advisors to work closely together to ensure that the contract language captures the commercial intent of the risk being retained and that the risk is transferred in an enforceable manner.

Building Envelope Considerations for Food Processing Plants

  The selection of essential components that comprise the building envelope—walls, ductwork, roof and interior doors—have a significant impact on a food processing plant's efficiency, durability, safety and sanitation.

 

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