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Misclassifying Workers as Independent Contractors: A Costly Mistake
  • Smith Currie & Hancock
  • USA
  • May 24 2016

Construction companies must be aware of the difference between employees and independent contractors. State and federal agencies are increasingly


USGBC Announces New LEED Credits for Structural Wood Building Materials. The Decision is a Boost to the Expanding Use of Wood in Public and Private Projects
  • Smith Currie & Hancock
  • USA
  • May 9 2016

In early April, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced its expansion of the number of wood certification programs that it would recognize as


Effective April 1, California Employers Must Distribute Written Anti-Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Policy
  • Smith Currie & Hancock
  • USA
  • May 3 2016

California's Fair Employment and Housing Council ("FEHC") has adopted new regulations under California’s primary anti-discrimination statute, the


California Employment Law Update - April 2016
  • Smith Currie & Hancock
  • USA
  • April 22 2016

The first quarter of 2016 brought sweeping new legislation that affects all California employers in significant ways. Failure to understand and


Giving Power to the Arbitrator: Permissible and Impermissible Delegations of Power
  • Smith Currie & Hancock
  • USA
  • April 20 2016

The construction industry has long been a leader in the use of arbitration. An arbitration clause was first included in the AIA standard form


Where Does the Duty of Care Flow? Limiting Limitless Liability for Construction Managers
  • Smith Currie & Hancock
  • USA
  • March 31 2016

Construction managers are often in an unenviable position. With expansive contracts, construction managers perform multiple tasks that may impact


Challenging Negative Performance Evaluations
  • Smith Currie & Hancock
  • USA
  • March 4 2016

In the course of evaluating the past performance of offerors competing for the award of a federal contract, agencies routinely examine performance


A Retreat from "Fairyland": The Sixth Circuit Reduces Damage Award in Circle C Litigation
  • Smith Currie & Hancock
  • USA
  • March 1 2016

A recent False Claims Act decision by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals appears to have drastically reduced the damages recoverable by the federal


Making the Best of a Bad Situation: Where and How Contractors Can Find Insurance Coverage for Civil Violations of the False Claims Act
  • Smith Currie & Hancock
  • USA
  • February 4 2016

The False Claims Act (FCA) makes it unlawful to present a “false or fraudulent” claim for government reimbursement. A claim can be “factually” false


Record retention requirements regarding federal contracts
  • Smith Currie & Hancock
  • United Kingdom, USA
  • January 12 2016

On January 4, 2016, the federal government changed its own contract retention obligations. FAR 4.805 was amended to simplify the federal government's