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15 Sep, 2021

Biden Executive Orders Mandates Vaccines for Federal Contractors

2021-09-13T17:39:11-05:00September 15th, 2021|Construction Contractor Advisor, COVID-19, Federal Construction Projects, Government Regulations|

On September 9, 2021, the Biden Administration issued an Executive Order “Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors.” While the details are not entirely clear, it appears that in the next few weeks, federal contractors will have to provide evidence of vaccination of their employees working on federal projects. Implementation The Safer Federal Work Task Force has been directed by Executive Order to issue guidelines by September 24, 2021, [...]

4 Aug, 2021

Just say no to drugs?  How Iowa law requires extraordinary efforts by employers to enforce a drug testing policy

2021-07-31T07:14:46-05:00August 4th, 2021|Construction Contractor Advisor|

The illegal use of drugs by employees presents a host of issues for employers – from safety to work place errors to morale.  A well thought out and written drug testing policy has been a key tool in an employer’s tool box to manage its workforce and to prevent potentially catastrophic results from illegal drug use at work.  However, at least in Iowa, the task of creating and complying with [...]

28 Jul, 2021

Material Costs Continue to Rise—What’s a Contractor to do?

2021-07-24T09:08:33-05:00July 28th, 2021|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Contracts, Escalation Clause|

While COVID has made the past year wild and unpredictable, this summer could be even wilder with rapidly escalating material costs.  Lumber prices have tripled, steel prices are through the roof and PVC has doubled. These increases can turn into real numbers on your projects and if you don’t have any protections in place, the project could turn ugly in a hurry.  Now is the time to review your current [...]

16 Jun, 2021

How Should You Respond to An Accident on the Jobsite?

2021-06-12T09:43:38-05:00June 16th, 2021|Accident Investigation, Construction Contractor Advisor, OSHA|

If you have ever experienced a serious accident on the jobsite, you know it can be an incredibly stressful experience.  Having a plan in place setting forth how you expect employees to respond will help your company respond competently and quickly to an accident.  Here are a few things to consider for your plan: Prepare a checklist of how you want employees to respond to an accident, including: Who should [...]

26 May, 2021

Contractors Do NOT Have to Record Vaccine Reactions

2021-05-25T08:18:30-05:00May 26th, 2021|Construction Contractor Advisor, COVID-19, Nebraska Construction Law, Vaccination|

On May 21, 2021, OSHA reversed course on employer-required COVID-19 vaccinations, no longer requiring employers to record vaccine reactions.  This is a great step forward for employers and is supported by both industry groups and labor unions. As you may recall, last February OSHA originally mandated that if an employer required employees to get a vaccine, an employee’s adverse reaction to the vaccination must be recorded in their OSHA 300 [...]

12 May, 2021

Another Reason Not to Act As Your Own General Contractor

2021-05-24T14:14:56-05:00May 12th, 2021|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Contracts, Statute of Limitations|

The Nebraska Supreme Court recently issued an important opinion concerning the statute of limitations for a homeowners bringing claims against contractors. When an owner acts as his own builder or general contractor, he must file a lawsuit against a subcontractor within four years of the subcontractor completing its work, not within four years of completion of the total home or project. Add this to the list of reasons a homeowner [...]

28 Apr, 2021

Material Cost Increases—Are you ready?

2021-04-25T12:09:44-05:00April 28th, 2021|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Contracts, Escalation Clause|

Construction contractors are seeing material costs increase, particularly lumber, steel and fuel. As you review your contracts for 2021 and beyond, you may want to consider adding a price-escalation clause the protect against material cost increases. What is a price-escalation clause? In its simplest terms, a price-escalation clause allows contractors to recover material cost increases on a project.  While triggering events for escalation clauses vary, the two most popular types [...]

14 Apr, 2021

I’m sorry I asked.  What You Need To Know About Asking Employees If They Have Been Vaccinated.

2021-04-13T11:41:42-05:00April 14th, 2021|ADA, Construction Contractor Advisor|

During the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic the promise of a vaccine and a return to normalcy was the light at the of the tunnel.  A year later the ability to receive a vaccine is becoming rapidly available to people in almost all age groups, including your employees.  However, with the increased ability to receive the vaccine comes a new question – can you ask your employees if they’ve [...]

7 Apr, 2021

Work Changes and Considerations

2021-04-08T07:25:42-05:00April 7th, 2021|Change Orders, Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Contracts|

Changes on construction projects are inevitable, especially with the reality of projects during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to this inevitability, owners should consider including contingency in the budget to deal with change orders. Accounting for legitimate changes quickly and obtaining an agreement that the payment fully resolves the issue can limit larger disputes down the road. Unresolved change orders often result in disputes that end up with legal [...]

31 Mar, 2021

Update on PPP Loan Fraud

2021-03-30T07:59:33-05:00March 31st, 2021|Construction Contractor Advisor, PPP Loans|

You may recall a blog post from last year in which I explained that a contractor should not use PPP loan funds to buy a motorcycle or for golf outings.  Well, another contractor was just convicted of PPP loan fraud with similar allegations. Last Friday, a jury deliberated for 2 hours and found the roofer guilty of falsely acquiring $2 million in PPP loans.  That was about enough time for [...]

24 Mar, 2021

Settling your claim? Make sure you get paid.

2021-03-23T08:20:10-05:00March 24th, 2021|Construction Claims, Construction Contractor Advisor|

Your work on the project is done, but your final payment is delayed. You then hear that the owner and general contractor are arguing about final payment.  The owner contacts you directly to pay your final pay application.  You sign the release and get your check. But, the check bounces.  Now what?  You may be out of luck. When entering into a settlement agreement on a construction project, you need [...]

10 Mar, 2021

Is that an Employee or an Independent Contractor? 

2021-03-10T08:13:54-06:00March 10th, 2021|Construction Contractor Advisor, Employee, Employee Classification, Independent Contractor|

The Nebraska Court of Appeals has again answered the age old question of whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor.  In Wight v H&S Contracting the court found that an individual who held himself out as a single employee operation was an independent contractor. In this case, Navarro Robles fell off of a roof while working on a job site.  His widow claimed that he was an [...]

3 Mar, 2021

Lien Waivers—Worth a Thorough Review

2021-02-27T08:28:10-06:00March 3rd, 2021|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Contracts, Lien Waiver, Nebraska Construction Law|

Throughout a project, and especially at the end, you are likely being asked to sign a lien waiver. Given the significant impact that these waivers may have on your opportunity to get paid, how closely are you reviewing lien waivers before you sign them?  Here are some points to think about before your sign. Is the lien waiver conditional or unconditional? The concern here is whether the lien waiver goes [...]

17 Feb, 2021

I’m Not Getting Paid. Can I Terminate the Contract?

2021-02-13T12:54:55-06:00February 17th, 2021|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Contracts, Nebraska Construction Law, Termination|

I’d like to say that the answer is clearly yes, but that’s rarely the case with construction contracts.  Ultimately, it will come down to the facts of your situation and whether the construction contract specifically allows you to pull off the job. Not Getting Paid Not getting paid is probably the most popular reason contractors terminate a construction contract.  The difficulty arises when we look closely at the circumstances leading [...]

10 Feb, 2021

Buy America—The Biden Administration’s Plan

2021-02-06T11:16:48-06:00February 10th, 2021|Buy America Act, Construction Contractor Advisor, FAR Council, Federal Construction Projects|

The Biden Administration issued another executive order, this one focusing on the application and enforcement of the Buy America Act.  As the name indicates, the Buy America Act is intended to increase the amount of American goods used on and in government contracts.  President Biden’s executive order focuses on enforcement and the administration of the Act. The most significant change created by the executive order is to create a Made [...]

3 Feb, 2021

President Biden Orders OSHA to Issue New COVID-19 Guidance

2021-01-30T09:38:10-06:00February 3rd, 2021|Construction Contractor Advisor, COVID Construction, COVID-19, OSHA|

President Biden recently issued an Executive Order (copy here) requiring OSHA to issue “science-based guidance” to help keep workers safe from COVID-19 exposure.  The Executive Order does not create immediate changes, but calls for quick action by OSHA to update its guidance. The Executive Order  requires OSHA to: issue, within two weeks, revised guidance to employers on workplace safety during the COVID-19 pandemic; consider whether any emergency temporary standards on [...]

27 Jan, 2021

How to Deal with the Dreaded Pay-if-Paid Clauses

2021-01-26T11:22:56-06:00January 27th, 2021|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Contracts, Nebraska Construction Law, Pay-if-Paid|

It seems that more and more general contractors are using pay-if-paid clauses in their construction contracts.  Pay-if-paid clauses are some of the most controversial and heavily negotiated clause in construction contracts.  This article will explain what pay-if-paid clause is and provides some guidance on how to negotiate around these difficult clauses. A pay-if-paid clause, if properly drafted, pushes the risk of non-payment from the general contractor to you.  The clause [...]

20 Jan, 2021

I’m Not Getting Paid. Can I Terminate the Contract?

2021-01-21T08:58:20-06:00January 20th, 2021|AIA Contracts, Breach of Contract, Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Contracts, Nebraska Construction, Nebraska Construction Law|

I’d like to say that the answer is clearly yes, but that’s rarely the case with construction contracts.  Ultimately, it will come down to the facts of your situation and whether the construction contract specifically allows you to pull off the job. Not Getting Paid Not getting paid is probably the most popular reason contractors terminate a construction contract.  The difficulty arises when we look closely at the circumstances leading [...]

13 Jan, 2021

Construction Contracts–The Scope of the Work

2021-01-13T14:22:41-06:00January 13th, 2021|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Contracts, Nebraska Construction Law, Scope of Work|

Construction contracts can take on many shapes and sizes and there are several important provisions that you should review.  But, the most important, in my mind, is the scope of work to be provided. Preventing Costly Overruns Ideally, the scope of work will detail, and limit, the work that is to be provided for the money that the owner is obligated to pay. We recommend that the scope of work [...]

23 Dec, 2020

Happy Holidays

2020-12-19T10:42:59-06:00December 23rd, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor|

Another year is drawing to a close and we want to thank all of our construction clients with whom we have had the pleasure of working this past year.  We really do appreciate the opportunity to help you with your business operations.  We look forward to working with you in 2021. Happy Holidays

16 Dec, 2020

COVID-19 Vaccines are Here:  Can you require employees to be vaccinated?

2020-12-15T12:58:18-06:00December 16th, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, COVID Vaccine, COVID-19|

Today's post is by Eric Tiritilli, one of our Employment Law specialists. Currently, there is no formal guidance from federal agencies regarding whether an employer may require an employee to be vaccinated for COVID-19.  But, the EEOC has previously allowed mandatory vaccinations in the context of flu. Given that the EEOC considers the COVID-19 pandemic a “direct threat” to health in the workplace, it is likely that it would similarly [...]

18 Nov, 2020

Workplace Safety–the Unpreventable Employee Misconduct Defense

2020-11-14T10:08:22-06:00November 18th, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, OSHA|

Just because an employee gets hurt on the job does not mean you are facing an OSHA penalty.  Employers have a defense to an OSHA citation when the violation of a safety rule was due to unpreventable employee misconduct. However, proving this defense requires substantial planning, well before an incident or investigation. Unpreventable Employee Misconduct Defense OSHA requires that an employer do everything reasonably within its power to ensure that [...]

12 Nov, 2020

So You’ve Got A Construction Lien, Now What?

2020-11-12T10:30:43-06:00November 12th, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Lien, Nebraska Construction Law|

Contractors sometime believe that once the lien is filed, they are home free for getting paid.  Unfortunately, that is often not the case.  There are always concerns about whether the owner has sufficient funds to pay the contractor and subcontractors.  Obviously, that is why the lien was filed.  There are also concerns about whether there is any equity in the property to satisfy the liens.  But, even if you file [...]

4 Nov, 2020

Arbitration versus Litigation

2020-10-31T11:08:55-05:00November 4th, 2020|Arbitration, Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Contracts, Nebraska Construction Law|

Construction contracts often contain an arbitration or litigation provision.  While each forum has its advantages, a question often times overlooked is whether an arbitration provision is enforceable. Litigation is the Default Litigation is the default method of dispute resolution.  This is not to say that litigation is the best way to resolve a case.  But unless the contract contains an enforceable arbitration agreement, the parties will have to take their [...]

7 Oct, 2020

Executive Order Requires Government Contractors to Review Employee Training

2020-10-03T11:27:48-05:00October 7th, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, Executive Order, Federal Construction Projects, Government Contracting|

On September 22, 2020, President Trump issued an executive order entitled Combatting Race and Sex Stereotyping.  The Executive Order requires contractors to review the anti-harassment training they provide to their employees and include additional language in their subcontracts. The Purpose of the Executive Order The express purpose of the Executive Order is to combat “misrepresentations of our country’s history and its role in the world.”  According to the EO, these [...]

30 Sep, 2020

Change Order Best Practices—Document the Request

2020-09-26T11:29:24-05:00September 30th, 2020|Change Orders, Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Contracts|

You know the situation, the project manager or superintendent just cornered you on the job site and told you that he needs some extra work.  But, what you do next may very well make the difference on whether you get paid for that extra work. Document the Conversation The first thing you should do is confirm the conversation in an e-mail to the project superintendent or whomever is your point [...]

23 Sep, 2020

Should you Update your Construction Contracts after COVID?

2020-09-12T11:50:59-05:00September 23rd, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Contracts, Construction Law, COVID Construction|

There are few, if any, construction projects that were not impacted by COVID-19.  Now that we have all dealt with these impacts, it’s time to look ahead and determine if your construction contracts should be updated to address these impacts. Below are some provisions that you should review to address future COVID type situations. Notice Provisions Delivery of notices is a critical obligation under construction contracts. But, what if the [...]

16 Sep, 2020

Damages for Delays and Disruptions on the Project—How do you recover them?

2020-09-12T11:20:37-05:00September 16th, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Damages, Construction Delays, Delay Damages|

Construction projects around the country are experiencing delays.  These delays can lead to extended general conditions, idle labor and equipment costs, material cost escalation, and de-mobilization and re-mobilization costs.  But, how do you recover those damages? Notice The first step to recovering delay damages is to provide notice. But, your notice has to be timely and it has to follow the requirements of the contract.  So, review the contract and [...]

9 Sep, 2020

How Not to Use a PPP Loan!!

2020-09-02T07:28:13-05:00September 9th, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Law, Fraud|

The U.S. Attorney for Minnesota recently indicted a contractor for defrauding the Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP").  Given the broad uses of PPP loans, this contractor went pretty far out of bounds to get himself indicted. The U.S. Attorney’s press release explained the underlying allegations. Strike One: The contractor applied for a PPP loan well after his construction company had stopped operation. Strike Two: The contractor submitted false employee and expense [...]

3 Sep, 2020

What Does it Mean to Incorporate the Prime Contract?

2020-09-02T07:23:53-05:00September 3rd, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Contracts, Nebraska Construction Law|

How often have you read that the terms of the prime contract are incorporated into the subcontract?  If you read your subcontracts, you’ve probably seen that language in every contract over the last 10 years. But, what does that mean?  It means you are bound by the terms of the prime contract, even if you haven’t seen it. Contract Language Most construction subcontracts incorporate the prime or upstream contact.  A [...]

26 Aug, 2020

The Economics of Litigation Must Make Sense

2020-08-22T09:11:28-05:00August 26th, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Litigation, Nebraska Construction Law|

Much as the economics of a construction project must make sense, the same is true when you are considering litigation.  The costs associated with litigation must be considered in light of the potential recovery.  A recent decision from the Nebraska Court of Appeals drove this point home. The case, Scheichinger v Swain Construction, involved the sale of a skid loader and a claim that Swain Construction misrepresented the number of [...]

12 Aug, 2020

Why You Need an I-9 Audit

2020-08-10T08:42:47-05:00August 12th, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, Form I-9, I-9 Audit, ICE|

As you all know, you must complete an I-9 for all new hires.  And, as of last May, you should be using the most recent I-9 form.  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) takes I-9’s very seriously and while I-9s are not difficult to complete, the penalties for not having them completed properly can be significant. If ICE decides to audit you, you will first [...]

5 Aug, 2020

FIGG Bridge–Debarred for 10 Years?

2020-08-04T07:34:32-05:00August 5th, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, Debarred, Federal Construction Projects|

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) suspended FIGG Bridge Engineers, Inc. from participating in any federally funded projects and has proposed a 10-year debarment, which would bar FIGG from performing work on any federally funded or assisted projects. The FHWA decision to bar FIGG is based on FIGG’s involvement with the 2018 pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University’s campus.  As you may recall, the collapse killed six [...]

29 Jul, 2020

OSHA—More COVID Updates

2020-07-25T09:33:24-05:00July 29th, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, COVID-19, OSHA|

OSHA has issued new Frequently Asked Questions addressing when an employer must report work-related cases of COVID-19.  Unfortunately, the FAQs seem contrary to the 24-hour hospitalization rule. As you likely know, section 1904.39(b)(6) requires employers to report an inpatient hospitalization only if the hospital admission occurs within 24 hours of a work-related incident.  Applying this to COVID, if an employee is exposed at work and then goes to the hospital within [...]

22 Jul, 2020

Federal Contractors—Are your EEO and AA policies in place?

2020-07-17T13:14:00-05:00July 22nd, 2020|Affirmative Action Plan, Construction Contractor Advisor, EEO Policy, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)|

If you are a federal contractor, you probably have equal employment opportunity (“EEO”) and affirmative action (“AA”) plans in place.  But if you are scratching your head and wondering if you have implemented these policies, perhaps it’s time to contact your local construction attorney and get some help drafting and implementing these policies. Who Needs an EEO and AA Plan? Any contractor who does more than $10,000 of government contract [...]

15 Jul, 2020

Buy-Sell Agreements-An Important Tool for your Construction Company

2020-07-11T09:40:10-05:00July 15th, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, Corporate Formalities|

Having a well drafted Buy-Sell Agreement is as important as having the right tool for the job. A recent Nebraska Supreme Court opinion serves as a reminder of this fact or you could spend thousands of dollars and years litigating about rights and interests in the company. This case involved three individuals who owned a construction company in Kearney, Nebraska.  The majority shareholder passed away in 2015 and the deceased’s [...]

24 Jun, 2020

Take-Out Food and the First COVID-19 Force Majeure Opinion

2020-06-20T11:27:32-05:00June 24th, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, COVID Bankruptcy, COVID-19, Force Majeure|

An Illinois bankruptcy court was the first court in the country to issue an opinion on how a force majeure clause in a commercial lease would be applied to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Not surprisingly, the language of the underlying force majeure clause and the Illinois’ Governor’s executive order played critical roles in the court’s analysis.  As it turned out, take-out food saved the contract. The case involved a restaurant that [...]

17 Jun, 2020

Shoddy Construction Work – Is it covered by your CGL?

2020-06-13T10:31:54-05:00June 17th, 2020|Commercial General Liability (CGL), Construction Contractor Advisor|

A recent 8th Circuit Court of Appeals case, applying Missouri law, reminds us that shoddy workmanship may not be covered by your commercial general liability insurance.  This also means that if an owner claims your faulty workmanship caused problems on the project, you may have to pay those damages out of your own pocket, not the insurers. In this case, American Family Mutual Insurance Co., S.I. v. Mid-American Grain Distributors, [...]

10 Jun, 2020

Liquidated Damages—They Must have a Reasonable Basis

2020-06-06T09:35:00-05:00June 10th, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, Liquidated Damages, Nebraska Construction Law|

A recent case out of Pennsylvania refused to allow an owner to assess liquidated damages for project delay.  This case serves as a reminder that if you are including liquidated damages in your construction contract, there must be some reasonable basis for the amount of liquidated damages. In this case, D.A. Nolt v. The Phila. Mun. Auth., the City of Philadelphia sought to enforce a $10,000 per day liquidated damages [...]

3 Jun, 2020

Indemnity Obligations in the Age of COVID-19

2020-05-30T10:12:42-05:00June 3rd, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, COVID-19, Indemnity clauses, Nebraska Construction Law|

COVID-19 has created chaos in the construction world.  One of the biggest problems is staffing projects to meet deadlines on the project.  But, what if your company is hit with a COVID-19 outbreak and you cannot staff the job?  Have you already agreed to indemnify the upstream contractor or owner for any damages stemming from a COVID-19 outbreak?  We recommend reviewing your indemnity obligations to determine your risk and the [...]

27 May, 2020

Best Practices in Dealing with COVID-19

2020-05-25T08:53:38-05:00May 27th, 2020|Best Practices, Construction Contractor Advisor, COVID Construction, Nebraska Construction Law|

We have all been dealing with the impact of COVID-19, but the situation becomes more personal when one of our own employees reports that he or she is suffering from COVID-19 symptoms.  And, with all the guidance out there, it may be difficult to figure out exactly what to do. We sifted through the various CDC guidance and other governmental regulations on this and compiled these best practices on responding [...]

20 May, 2020

Sending Employees Home to Avoid Catching COVID-19? Remember Your ADA Obligations.  

2020-05-20T16:36:38-05:00May 20th, 2020|ADA, Americans with Disabilities Act, Construction Contractor Advisor, COVID Construction, COVID Employment, COVID-19|

Over the past several months, EEOC, DOL, OSHA and other federal agencies have provided answers to dozens, if not hundreds, of questions regarding how employers should handle their responsibilities to employees during this unprecedented time.  The EEOC has reminded employers of their obligations, even during the COVID-19 pandemic, to comply with federal anti-discrimination laws including the Americans With Disabilities Act. Recently, the EEOC provided guidance that appeared to allow employers [...]

12 May, 2020

New I-9 Forms—Are you using them?  You should be.

2020-05-09T08:17:46-05:00May 12th, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, Form I-9, I-9 Audit|

With everything else going on this Spring, employers may have forgotten that they need to start using the new Form I-9.  You can find a copy of the new Form I-9 here.  This new form, which was published in January, 2020, went into effect on May 1, 2020 and employers should not use the older versions from this point on. Below are some answers to questions we’ve been receiving about [...]

6 May, 2020

OSHA Relaxes Compliance Obligations

2020-05-02T08:53:31-05:00May 6th, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, OSHA|

Recognizing the difficulties employers are facing during the ongoing pandemic, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) released an enforcement memo, entitled “Discretion in Enforcement when Considering an Employer’s Good Faith Efforts during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic.”  This guidance relaxes enforcement for failures to provide annual training or conduct other routine audits due to COVID-19. In the memo, OSHA stated that during an inspection, Compliance Officers should evaluate [...]

29 Apr, 2020

You’ve Received COVID-19 Notice of Delay—Now What?

2020-04-25T09:20:09-05:00April 29th, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Delays, Nebraska Construction|

The coronavirus is interrupting life as we know it, including construction projects.  Throughout the country, contractors are issuing notices of schedule delays and how you respond to such a notice will be crucial to protecting your rights under your contract.  Here are some topics to consider when reviewing a notice of delay. Review the Entire Notice This may seem obvious, but dig into the notice to fully understand the basis [...]

22 Apr, 2020

Construction—The Top Industry Receiving PPP Loans

2020-04-18T08:17:40-05:00April 22nd, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Industry, Nebraska Construction|

As you have likely heard, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds have run out.  While Congress battles about how to add more funds to the PPP, the Small Business Administration has released the specifics about the number of businesses that received loans, the industries and locations. In a nutshell, the SBA approved 1,661,367 loans from 4,975 lenders.  The average size of the loans was $206,000 and about 75% were for [...]

15 Apr, 2020

Construction Work—Is it an Essential Activity in your Jurisdiction?

2020-04-11T08:15:10-05:00April 15th, 2020|Construction Activity, Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Economy, COVID Construction, COVID-19|

Shelter in place orders abound throughout the country, yet construction continues to march on.  As we continue to deal with the impact of COVID-19, it’s important that you know whether your construction work is considered essential.  Your local government, state, county and city, may have established guidelines which will impact your operations. For example, Nebraska has “requested” that everyone stay at home and social distance at work.  Construction projects are [...]

8 Apr, 2020

Construction Site Safety–Striking a Balance with COVID-19

2020-04-07T17:22:09-05:00April 8th, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, COVID Workers' Compensation|

Construction projects are still humming along in the Midwest.  But, this is only happening with construction companies making adjustments to their daily operations to protect employee safety.  Here are a few measures the industry is taking to minimize the risk of COVID-19 to employees. AGC is recommending a nationwide Safety Stand-Down ABC is recommending Covid-19 based Tool Box Talks; alcohol-based hand sanitizer and wash stations throughout the worksite; requiring and [...]

31 Mar, 2020

Construction Contractors and the CARES Act

2020-03-28T10:19:33-05:00March 31st, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Law, COVID Construction|

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was just passed and it contains a number of provisions that will benefit the construction industry, including, the Paycheck Protection Program, unemployment, and delayed payroll taxes.   Below are a few of the highlights. Paycheck Protection Program This is a low interest loan program for small businesses that were operational since February 15, 2020 and had employees to whom it paid wages.  [...]

27 Mar, 2020

Why Your COVID-19 Planning Should Include Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care and Finances

2020-03-27T14:17:19-05:00March 27th, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, COVID Construction|

Concerns surrounding COVID-19 are not just related to construction projects and contracts. You need to make sure you are personally ready to deal with COVID-19. Here is an article from one of my partners discussing the importance of putting in place Powers of Attorney to make sure you have someone making health care and financial decisions for you should you become incapacitated. https://www.ldmlaw.com/2020/03/why-your-covid-19-planning-should-include-durable-powers-of-attorney-for-health-care-and-finances/

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