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When working on a federal job, there’s a different set of rules. Literally! There are a slew of laws surrounding requirements on federal projects, not the least of which is the Miller Act. But this isn’t another Miller Act post (though we’re sure to publish another one soon). No, this post takes a look at a circumstance of federal projects that’s less obvious – the fact that consequences for mistakes on federal jobs can…
There are plenty of problems with construction payment, and many solutions have been attempted through legislation. But more legislation isn’t the answer. While it’s not the answer, legislative changes can help fix the problems, when done right. Enter Little Miller Acts. Every state provides payment protection on public projects via their own version of a Little Miller act – but the protection is limited to down-the-chain parties. The idea is that since the GC…
In construction, licensing is serious business. In many states, unlicensed contractors and subs can’t file mechanics liens (if licensure is required, of course). But that’s not the worst case scenario. Recently, we wrote about unlicensed contractors facing steep penalties in Florida. While not quite as dire, the penalties in Tennessee can be steep too. Tennessee License Limits Mean Business With design changes, scheduling delays, and unexpected costs lurking behind every corner, it’s common for…
It’s that time of year! New legislation has just been passed, and construction businesses are preparing to incorporate the changes into their current processes. In Pennsylvania, some interesting changes have been made regarding the right to suspend work for nonpayment and the right to withhold payments. Luckily, there’s plenty of time. The new rules won’t go into effect until October 10th. Still, Pennsylvania contractors and subcontractors should start preparing sooner than later. These changes come…
Prevailing wage laws have been in the news a lot lately. In fact, just last week we released an article on the subject: Does Removing Prevailing Wage Laws Lower the Cost of Construction? Many states are asking that same question, and a few have even repealed their prevailing wage laws in recent years. Michigan is the latest addition to that list. Effective immediately, prevailing wages are no longer required for Michigan public projects. Of course,…