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Increased Civil Penalties for Employment Law Violations
  • Smith Currie & Hancock
  • USA
  • February 24 2017

For the second time in six months, the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have raised penalties for employment


Should Subcontractors Bear Scheduling Risks They Can’t Control?
  • Smith Currie & Hancock
  • USA
  • February 20 2017

The project schedule and a project’s financial success or failure are inextricably linked. A delayed project can expose prime contractors and their


Who Pays for Delay? How Enforceable is a No Damage for Delay Clause?
  • Smith Currie & Hancock
  • USA
  • January 31 2017

Delays are an all too common occurrence on construction projects. And they almost always cost money. So who pays for the increased costs caused by


Concurrent Delay - A Potent Defense For Owners and Contractors
  • Smith Currie & Hancock
  • USA
  • January 5 2017

Concurrent delay is the construction equivalent of offsetting penalties in football. If both parties to a dispute involving delay damages are


Judge Denies Preliminary Injunction. New OSHA Anti-Retaliation Rule Effective Since December 1
  • Smith Currie & Hancock
  • USA
  • December 9 2016

A Texas federal court has refused to enjoin OSHA's new rule regarding workplace safety and injury reporting. OSHA amended 29 C.F.R. 1904.35 during


Regulation Changes Impact Florida PEs
  • Smith Currie & Hancock
  • USA
  • December 2 2016

The Florida Board of Professional Engineers recently published changes to Rules 61G15-22.0001, 61G15-22.0002, and 61G15-30.003. These amendments will


New California Construction Laws for 2017
  • Smith Currie & Hancock
  • USA
  • November 17 2016

The California Legislature introduced over 5103 bills in the 2015-2016 session. Below are summaries of some of the more important bills affecting


Project Labor Agreements in Public and Private Contracting
  • Smith Currie & Hancock
  • USA
  • November 15 2016

Finding and hiring qualified construction workers is a growing challenge for contractors across North America. One method of securing labor is


California Contractors Beware: New California Public Works Claims Resolution Process Raises Concerns and Traps for the Unwary
  • Smith Currie & Hancock
  • USA
  • November 14 2016

AB 626 adds new Public Contract Code section 9204. It creates a new claims resolution procedure in addition to those already found in the Public


OSHA Changes Bring Increased Penalties and Risk of Criminal Prosecution
  • Smith Currie & Hancock
  • USA
  • October 26 2016

Since 1990, penalties for violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, 29 U.S.C. 651-678 (OSH Act) have remained the same