Craig Martin

About Craig Martin

Mr. Martin represents contractors, subcontractors, developers, owners, materials suppliers and design professionals with their day to day legal needs and in construction disputes. He is well versed in construction contracts, including AIA, DBIA and ConsensusDocs. His goal is to provide cost-effective counsel to the construction industry.

Latest News

14 Nov, 2019

What Can You Do to Get Paid on Your Project?

2019-11-13T18:47:44-06:00November 14th, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Contracts, Getting Paid|

Recently, I have had a number of conversations with contractors that are worried about getting paid on a project. Invariably, these contractors want to know what they can do to get what they are owed. Rarely is there an easy button to force these funds out of the owner or upstream contractor’s hands. And, a number of factors will figure into the analysis. A few things I would want to [...]

7 Nov, 2019

OSHA Top Ten Standard Violations for 2019

2019-11-11T14:58:08-06:00November 7th, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, OSHA|

OSHA’s fiscal year ended earlier this fall and OSHA published its annual Top Ten violations for 2019.  It is striking that the most common violations for this year are the same from last year and the Top five have not changed for 5 years.  Because the Top 10 represent the most frequently cited standards, they are a good place to start for employers to identify hazards in their workplace. Here is [...]

31 Oct, 2019

Personal Liability for Signing Payment Affidavits? Uh-oh.

2019-10-26T12:47:15-05:00October 31st, 2019|Construction Claims, Construction Contractor Advisor, Fraud|

Have you ever considered whether you could be held personally liable for signing company documents?  Maybe you should, especially if you know the documents are false. A recent case out of Ohio, Decker v. Wesex, is considering whether the CFO of a construction company can be held personally liable for falsifying affidavits that stated that the construction company was paying its subcontractors. In this case, Wesex was hired to build [...]

29 Oct, 2019

Construction Law Lunch and Learn

2019-11-19T13:24:39-06:00October 29th, 2019|Construction Lien, Latest News, Lien Waiver|

Construction Law Join us Wednesday October 30, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. for a discussion of Construction Liens and Lien Waivers: Protecting Your Right to Payment During this presentation, we will discuss: Steps to ensure that you are preparing and filing your liens correctly What to review for before you sign a lien waiver We look forward to seeing you on October 30th at 11:30 a.m. at the offices of Lamson [...]

23 Oct, 2019

Construction Contracts—Considering the Long Game

2019-10-21T13:47:45-05:00October 23rd, 2019|Attorney Fees, Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Contracts|

 A recent case out of Maryland ruled that a subcontractor must pay a general contractor $2,500,000 for construction defects arising out of a 2004 project.  Now, the case did take three years to wind its way through the courts, but would you be ready to defend even a 12-year-old claim?  Would you have kept the contract and documents related to the project?  Background This project involved the construction of a [...]

16 Oct, 2019

300,000+ Comments on DOL’s Apprenticeship Rule

2019-10-14T07:43:14-05:00October 16th, 2019|Apprenticeship Programs, Construction Contractor Advisor, Department of Labor|

The Department of Labor received more than 300,000 comments on it Proposed Apprenticeship Rule.  The vast majority of those comments were from the construction industry, and not surprisingly the trade unions and ABC and AGC are split on the issue. The Department of Labor issued its proposed regulations on June 25.  The proposed rules would establish a process through which industry groups could create industry related apprenticeship programs.  The DOL’s [...]

9 Oct, 2019

DOL Issues Final Overtime Regulations

2019-10-08T13:21:33-05:00October 9th, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, Exempt Employee, FLSA|

This post is provided by one of Lamson Dugan & Murray's Employment Law Attorneys, Eric Tiritilli. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) finally issued the overtime regulations, updating the salary thresholds for the white-collar exemptions, including executive, administrative, professional exemptions, and the highly compensated employee exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). As you may recall, the DOL originally tried to increase the salary threshold under the Obama administration, [...]

2 Oct, 2019

Construction Law Lunch and Learn

2019-10-08T16:49:14-05:00October 2nd, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Lien, Latest News, Lien Waiver|

Construction Law Join us Wednesday October 30, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. for a discussion of Construction Liens and Lien Waivers: Protecting Your Right to Payment During this presentation, we will discuss: Steps to ensure that you are preparing and filing your liens correctly What to review for before you sign a lien waiver We look forward to seeing you on October 30th at 11:30 a.m. at the offices of Lamson [...]

20 Sep, 2019

The Cost of Project Labor Agreements

2019-09-20T08:46:16-05:00September 20th, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, PLA, Project Labor Agreement|

Last month a New Jersey contractor filed a lawsuit alleging that the requirement of a project labor agreement on the Scudder Falls Bridge cost the taxpayers of New Jersey and Pennsylvania over $70 million.  If the contractor prevails, it could be a major blow to the use of PLAs by government entities. Project labor agreements are often required on public works project to ensure that union contractors are selected for [...]

13 Sep, 2019

Do You Have Lien Rights under a Pay-if-Paid Contract?

2019-09-11T10:18:30-05:00September 13th, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Contracts, Construction Lien, Pay-if-Paid|

How often do you review the payment terms of a contract with an eye toward whether you are waiving lien rights under that contract? This is something you should consider if your contract contains a pay-if-paid clause. I am often times asked about the difference between a pay-when-paid and pay-if-paid clause. The real difference is that a pay-when-paid clause simply allows a contractor a reasonable amount of time by which [...]

6 Sep, 2019

Can a General Contractor Be Liable for a Subcontractor’s Employee’s Injury?

2019-09-05T09:08:32-05:00September 6th, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, Nebraska Construction Law, Risk Management|

The short answer is maybe.  Nebraska courts have long held that a general contractor can be held liable for a subcontractor’s employee’s injury, but only if the general contractor exercises significant control over both the worksite and the subcontractor.  The question becomes whether the general contractor’s conduct demonstrates this control. A general contractor that retains control over a subcontractor’s work has a duty to use reasonable care to prevent injuries [...]

30 Aug, 2019

Musicians and Ballerinas Helping the Construction Industry

2019-09-03T10:07:37-05:00August 30th, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, Union Activity, Worksite Control|

It's not often you can say that musicians and ballerinas helped clarify the rules around access to a job-site or workplace. But, it happened earlier this month.  The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) recently clarified that a property owner could exclude off-duty contractor employees from handing out leaflets on its property unless the off-duty employees worked regularly and exclusively on the property and there was no other reasonable alternative means [...]

22 Aug, 2019

Filing Your Construction Lien on Time

2019-08-19T14:46:36-05:00August 22nd, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Lien, Nebraska Construction Law|

As we have discussed in other blog posts, filing a construction lien on time is critical to preserving your claim. If you file a construction lien in Nebraska outside of the 120-day window, your lien will be invalid. This past week, we filed a construction lien electronically in Douglas County.  This means that we submitted the lien on-line and waited for a Douglas County employee to review the lien and [...]

16 Aug, 2019

Will You Get Paid for Delays? No Damage for Delay Clauses Say No. 

2019-08-16T14:47:48-05:00August 16th, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, Nebraska Construction Law, No-damage-for-delay|

No-damage-for-delay Clauses are commonplace in construction contracts.  But, have you ever read one and wondered if they are enforceable?  Courts across the country have consistently enforced them and these clauses will severely limit your ability to recover damages caused by delays, even if the delays were not caused by you. What is a No Damage for Delay Clause A no-damage-for-delay clause is just that, a clause that explains that if [...]

9 Aug, 2019

The Bleak Future of Multiemployer Plans

2019-08-14T14:40:30-05:00August 9th, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, Multiemployer Plans, Withdrawal Liability|

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, the federal agency that oversees multiemployer benefit plans, issued its annual Projection Report earlier this month.  And, the outlook is bleak.  The agency is estimating that its insurance program will be insolvent in 2025 unless Congress provides substantial funding. The PBGC oversees multiemployer plans that cover approximately 10 million employees.  Of the multiemployer plans covered by the PBGC, about 58% are unionized, while the remaining [...]

1 Aug, 2019

Waiving Goodbye to Liquidated Damages

2019-08-01T09:37:40-05:00August 1st, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Contracts, Liquidated Damages, Nebraska Construction|

Construction contracts often contain liquidated damage provisions, requiring a contractor to pay a set amount for each day the project is delayed.  But, as the Nebraska Supreme Court recently ruled, in U.S. Pipeline v Northern Natural Gas, an owner can waive liquidated damages where its actions induce the belief that the owner intended to waive liquidated damages. In this case, the parties agreed that the work would be done in [...]

24 Jul, 2019

Your Final Pay Application IS Your Final Pay Application

2019-07-23T08:30:19-05:00July 24th, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, Pay Application|

As the project is winding down, it is crucial that you include all remaining claims in your final pay application.  A recent Nebraska Court of Appeals decision drove this point home when it ruled that a contractor was not entitled to additional compensation it requested after submitting its final pay application. In ARR Roofing, LLC v. Nebraska Furniture Mart, Inc., ARR Roofing was hired to replace the roof and decking [...]

19 Jul, 2019

What Is the Work?

2019-07-23T07:45:14-05:00July 19th, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Contracts|

When you review a construction contract, are you also reviewing the description of the Work that you’ll be doing?  I mean, are you really looking at that section to make sure that it accurately describes what you will be doing, and perhaps more importantly, it identifies Work that you will not be doing?  I recommend that you spend a few extra minutes with your contracts to make sure the Work [...]

9 Jul, 2019

Construction Project Problems–Who has to Pay for It?

2019-07-01T08:51:00-05:00July 9th, 2019|Construction Claims, Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Contracts|

I often harp on the importance of having an experienced construction attorney review your construction contracts.  A recent situation at Dartmouth College emphasized the importance of anticipating the unexpected when reviewing your construction contracts. Dartmouth is building a new $200 million engineering school, with a 340 vehicle underground parking garage. The first step was to dig a 70-foot-deep hole for the 160,000 square foot building.  The problem is that the [...]

2 Jul, 2019

Nebraska Construction Liens–How long do they last?

2019-06-29T11:18:30-05:00July 2nd, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Lien|

This is a continuation of the series of blogs on preserving your rights to get paid on a construction project.  The most effective tool you have to get paid is by filing a construction lien.  But, there’s a lot to consider before you file that lien.  This blog will cover how long your lien will last once it is filed. The Nebraska Construction Lien Act provides that your lien will [...]

27 Jun, 2019

ICE Inspections—Get Prepared Now

2019-06-24T07:25:03-05:00June 27th, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, I-9 Audit, ICE|

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is responsible for enforcing U.S. immigration laws, including auditing how employers are completing I-9 forms.  ICE conducted nearly 6,000 I-9 audits in 2018, nearly five times more than in 2017.  It’s time you get ready for an ICE audit by auditing your own I-9 policies and procedures. Below are some proactive steps to prepare for an ICE audit. Confirm you have I-9s for Every Employee [...]

25 Jun, 2019

Bond Claims on Public Projects–Getting it Right

2019-06-22T08:48:19-05:00June 25th, 2019|Bond Claims, Construction Contractor Advisor|

Ever get that sinking feeling on a public project that you might not get paid?  The good news is that in Nebraska, general contractors working on a project in excess of $15,000, must file a bond on the project.  This blog will address how to make a proper claim on the bond. The process for making a bond claim is found in section 52-118.01 Neb.Rev.Stat.  The process and time frame [...]

20 Jun, 2019

Make Sure to Pass on Subcontractor Claims

2019-06-19T09:18:13-05:00June 20th, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Damages, Liquidating Agreement|

When a contractor receives a delay claim from a subcontractor, it’s important to pass on the claim to the owner or the contractor could be liable for the subcontractor’s entire claim.  A recent decision out of New York underscores the importance of passing subcontractor claims to the owner. In the case Rad and D’Aprile, Inc.v Ariel Construction Corp., the subcontractor, Rad, made a claim for delay damages to the general [...]

13 Jun, 2019

New Cannabis Laws Make Employer’s Obligations Hazy

2019-06-12T07:11:13-05:00June 13th, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, Drug Free Workplace, Employment Policies|

Cannabis laws are popping up around the country and are impacting the way employers select employees.  Take Illinois for example—it is now legal to possess and consume cannabis in Illinois, but employers can still maintain their zero tolerance policies, with certain significant limitations. Zero Tolerance Employers may still prohibit employees from using cannabis while they are working, but employers can no longer decline to hire, discharge, or take other adverse [...]

11 Jun, 2019

Construction Payments Held in Trust—Another Tool to Pursue Payment

2019-06-10T11:05:33-05:00June 11th, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Contracts, Trust Fund|

Construction contracts often require contractors to receive and hold payments in trust for the benefit of paying labor and materials furnished on a project.  The purpose of the trust is to protect downstream contractors and suppliers from the risk of nonpayment of their claims against a financially distressed contractor. Trust Contract Provision A typical trust provision provides: All sums received by Contractor under this Contract are received by Contractor in [...]

6 Jun, 2019

Bargaining for an Arbitrator’s Decision–Know what you are getting

2019-06-04T13:48:37-05:00June 6th, 2019|Arbitration, Construction Contractor Advisor, Limitation of Liability|

Construction contracts have often included arbitration clauses and they can serve a good purpose of expediting resolution. But, what happens if the arbitrator gets it wrong? Your options are limited, and as one court stated: the parties bargained for an arbitrator’s decision; if the arbitrator got it wrong, then that was part of the bargain A recent case out of the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals (covering Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, [...]

4 Jun, 2019

Additional Insured and Indemnification—Why have both?

2019-06-01T08:17:10-05:00June 4th, 2019|Additional insured coverage, Construction Contractor Advisor, Indemnity clauses|

Construction contracts typically require a subordinate contractor, either the general contractor subordinate to the owner or subcontractor subordinate to the general contractor, to list the upstream party as an additional insured and require the subordinate party to indemnify the upstream party for any claims or damages on the project.  The goal of these two provisions is to shift the risk of liability for injuries sustained by a subordinate party's employees [...]

30 May, 2019

Your Contract is a Hodgepodge of Conflicting Proposals

2019-05-26T19:32:25-05:00May 30th, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Contracts|

Ouch.  That’s what a New York judge called a contract to remediate petroleum contamination at 47 gas stations.  Sometimes, it’s hard to believe the contracts that get signed. In this case, Environmental Risk hired subcontractor Science Applications to remediate petroleum contamination at 47 gas stations.  Environmental Risk first required its subcontractor to sign a Professional Services Master Agreement.  Environmental Risk then required its subcontractor to sign three separate, but basically identical, [...]

28 May, 2019

Dinosaur Bones Discovered on Work Site—What?

2019-05-23T08:15:31-05:00May 28th, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Contracts, Delay Damages|

What if you came across dinosaur bones on the work site like they did on a project in Denver, Colorado?  Would you get extra time to complete the work?  What does the construction contract allow? Let’s play out that scenario. You reach out to your local construction lawyer and inform him that your project has been delayed because you came across dinosaur bones.  After he stops giggling about the situation, [...]

23 May, 2019

Construction Litigation—Battles on Many Fronts

2019-05-21T08:19:55-05:00May 23rd, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Litigation, Insurance coverage|

When you are involved in construction litigation, you have battles on several fronts, including those against subcontractors, owners, insurers and the court.  Shoring up your defenses on each of these fronts is imperative, or you may lose the battle or, worse yet, the war. An opinion out of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals (overseeing federal courts in Alabama, Florida and Georgia) Carithers v. Mid-Continent Casualty Company, illustrates the various [...]

21 May, 2019

Responsible Contractor Reform–a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

2019-05-14T17:18:58-05:00May 21st, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, Merit Shop|

Employers in the construction industry have long known the value of apprentice programs, such as those offered by Associated Builders and Contractors.  But, did you know that having or participating in a qualified apprentice program may become a requirement to bid on government projects?  If organized labor gets it way through the so-called Responsible Contractor Reforms, it could happen. Supplemental Conditions, a construction blog worth reading, recently posted an article on [...]

16 May, 2019

Never Underestimate the Importance of Contract Language

2019-05-11T09:00:03-05:00May 16th, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Contracts|

A recent article in ENR described the setbacks associated with a public rail project.  There are problems with the schedule, concrete quality, including precast girders , panels and rail ties, and allegations of fraud.  In a nutshell--a mess.  But, I wonder if there are contract provisions that address these problems.  Below are some problems on the project and my thoughts on contract provisions. Schedule. The article mentions that the general [...]

14 May, 2019

Getting Paid is Important and the Prompt Pay Act Can Help

2019-05-11T08:12:15-05:00May 14th, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, Prompt Pay Act|

As this year’s construction projects are in full swing, it’s a good time to review your rights to payment.  Since 2014, the Prompt Pay Act has been a tremendous resource for contractors to recover retainage and interest from upstream contractors and owners for failing to timely pay on a project.  Here are a few highlights from the Prompt Pay Act. Limit on Retainage. Retainage may not exceed 10%. And, when [...]

9 May, 2019

So, You’ve Been Sued, Now What?  Tender–Quickly.

2019-05-06T10:21:04-05:00May 9th, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, Insurance coverage|

If you or your construction company have ever been sued, you know it can be a stressful time.  You have deadlines, you have subcontractors clamoring to get paid or defended, and it’s a generally awful situation.  But, keep your mind on the prize--to make sure you have insurance coverage that will provide a defense to these claims.  The most important step to ensure you have coverage is to tender your [...]

7 May, 2019

Construction Material Costs are Rising–Are You Protected?

2019-05-06T10:19:26-05:00May 7th, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Contracts, Escalation Clause|

Construction material costs are rising, at least that’s what AGC, ABC, ACEC, ENR and the government are saying.  So, let’s assume that its true—construction material costs are rising.  What can you, as a general contractor or subcontractor do about it? Not surprisingly, it all comes down to your contract and whether you included a cost escalation clause. What is a Cost Escalation Clause? These clauses are pretty self-explanatory in [...]

2 May, 2019

The Importance of Confidentiality and Non-Solicitation Agreements

2019-04-29T08:27:24-05:00May 2nd, 2019|Confidentiality, Construction Contractor Advisor, Noncompete|

While this is not typically a topic of discussion on this construction blog, two recent construction related lawsuits filed in Nebraska highlight the importance of making sure your key employees do not walk away with your projects and employees. We all know the situation.  A long-term, faithful employee gets the itch to head out on his own or take another job for a few more dollars.  Maybe you wish the [...]

30 Apr, 2019

What do you mean you LOST it?

2019-04-26T09:16:54-05:00April 30th, 2019|Breach of Contract, Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Litigation|

Back in 2014, I posted a blog about the problems contractors were having digging the tunnel for Route 99 in Seattle.  Bertha, the boring machine, hit a pipe and some rocks and got stuck, causing two years of delay. Well, that problematic situation, now a $624 million lawsuit, has wound its way through the courts and the Seattle Tunnel Partners (“STP”) is blaming the slow down on the pipe they [...]

25 Apr, 2019

The Benefit of Early Resolution Through Mediation

2019-04-22T08:21:32-05:00April 25th, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, Mediation|

Let’s face it, some projects just don’t go well and everyone knows there will be a fight over payment at some point.  If there were only some way to avoid costly litigation or arbitration.  Or is there?  You could include a mandatory mediation provision in your contract to require the parties try to resolve the matter before litigation or arbitration is initiated. What is Mediation? Mediation is not simply requiring [...]

23 Apr, 2019

The Risk of Conflicting Contract Provisions

2019-04-20T08:11:50-05:00April 23rd, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Contracts|

On large construction projects, with several layers of contractors, there is the risk of conflicting contract provisions.  For example, the owner’s architect may use an AIA contract, the general contractor may use its own contract with the subcontractors, and some subcontractors may use their own contract with subsubcontractors.  With so many contracts, there are almost certainly conflicting provisions, be it relating to indemnity, insurance and waivers of damages.  It is [...]

16 Apr, 2019

OSHA’s Defense of Unpreventable Misconduct

2019-04-15T08:04:13-05:00April 16th, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, OSHA, Penalty|

Employees do the darnedest things.  But, you’d hope they wouldn’t do them in front of an OSHA inspector.  Isn’t there some way you can defend your company against an OSHA citation and penalty when there is truly no defense to the employee’s misconduct?  Well, there is—the “unpreventable employee misconduct defense” may be of help, but only if you meet the four elements necessary for the defense.  As you will read, [...]

16 Apr, 2019

Liquidating Agreements—Preserving Subcontractor Claims against Owners

2019-04-11T14:28:06-05:00April 16th, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, Subcontractor|

What is a subcontractor to do when the owner has demanded additional work, but has refused to pay for it?  Typically, a subcontractor cannot sue the owner because the subcontractor doesn’t have a contract with the owner.  Perhaps the subcontractor and general contractor should enter into a liquidating agreement through which the general contractor can pursue the claim on the subcontractor’s behalf. Liquidating agreements bridge the privity gap between owners [...]

11 Apr, 2019

General Contractors Can Be Liable for Subcontractors’ OSHA Violations

2019-04-11T14:28:39-05:00April 11th, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, OSHA|

OSHA has long held the opinion that general contractors may be held liable for subcontractor’s OSHA violations and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, overseeing the Midwest, has agreed since 2009. To combat this risk, general contractors would be well served to incorporate targeted indemnity provisions into their subcontracts that require subcontractors to pay for all claims and costs associated with subcontractor caused OSHA violations. OSHA’s Multi-Employer Policy OSHA’s Multi-Employer [...]

9 Apr, 2019

Are Defense Costs In Addition to Policy Limits?

2019-03-30T10:42:15-05:00April 9th, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, Insurance coverage|

I recently had a discussion with an insurer about whether defense costs were included within the policy limits of a client’s coverage or in addition to policy limits.  This was an important discussion because if costs of defense were included in the policy limits, my client was going to exceed those policy limits in a hurry.  How would this situation play out with your insurance? Fortunately, the majority of insurance [...]

4 Apr, 2019

Be Careful When Thinking about Terminating for Default

2019-03-30T10:37:21-05:00April 4th, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, Termination|

During a construction project, subcontractors may be performing poorly and a general contractor may want to terminate a subcontractor for default.  A recent case out of the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals (overseeing the Midwest) rejected a general contractor’s right to terminate for default because the general contractor, not the subcontractor, was the first one to breach the contract. The case, Randy Kinder Excavating, Inc. v. JA Manning Construction Company, [...]

2 Apr, 2019

Construction Contract Review—Sole Discretion

2019-03-28T14:06:04-05:00April 2nd, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Contracts|

General contractors and owners often time include language in construction contracts that provides them with sole discretion to make decisions.  These provisions can severely limit a subcontractor’s ability to negotiate changes or increased pay applications. What do these phrases look like? The “sole discretion” language can take a number of forms, including: Contractor reserves the right, in its sole discretion to . . . As solely determined by Contractor ____ [...]

28 Mar, 2019

Withdrawal Liability—A Big Problem for Unionized Employers

2019-03-27T13:57:48-05:00March 28th, 2019|Collective Bargaining Agreement, Construction Contractor Advisor, Withdrawal Liability|

Employers that are subject to a collective bargaining unit often are required to make contributions to a defined benefit pension plan sponsored by a union.  If the employer and the union part ways, the employer may be subject to withdrawal liability--even if the company has made all of its pension contributions.  And, this liability can cripple a company. This is a BIG Problem The underfunded status of multiemployer pension plans [...]

26 Mar, 2019

Location, location, location—even in construction liens

2019-03-26T08:42:16-05:00March 26th, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Lien|

We all know the importance of filing a construction lien within 120 days of your last work (90 days in Iowa).  But, equally, if not more important, is filing the construction lien on the correct property. Often times on a construction project, the exact address of the project may not be known.  And, if there are a few buildings going up on the same general site, it is difficult to [...]

21 Mar, 2019

Beware of Waiving Your Lien Rights

2019-03-19T13:32:11-05:00March 21st, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Lien|

You know the situation—the lender or general contractor is waiving a check in front of you, but they won’t give it to you until you sign a waiver.  Before you sign it, make sure you know exactly which rights you are waiving. Nebraska statutes specially allow a contractor to waive lien rights.  Section 52-144 allows a contractor to waive lien rights even before the work has been preformed or materials [...]

19 Mar, 2019

Construction Liens—What Do You Have to Include in the Lien?

2019-03-21T14:01:04-05:00March 19th, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Lien|

The information that you must include in a Nebraska construction lien is pretty straightforward.  A construction lien must include the following: The real estate subject to the lien; The name of the person against whose interest in the real estate a lien is claimed; The name and address of the claimant; The name and address of the person with whom the claimant contracted; A general description of the services performed [...]

14 Mar, 2019

Getting Paid for Your Work

2019-03-14T07:38:09-05:00March 14th, 2019|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Contracts, Pay-if-Paid|

I’ve reviewed three construction contracts this week and all three of them contained a pay-if-paid clause.  Are you signing contracts with pay-if-paid clauses? Here are some suggestions to minimize your risk with pay-if-paid clauses. What is a pay-if-paid clause? Pay-if paid clauses eliminate the general contractor’s obligation to pay subcontractors if the general contractor does not get paid.   Courts reviewing these clauses have found that a subcontractor that signs a [...]