Wally Irvin

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Come senators, congressmen please heed the call Don’t stand in the doorway don’t block up the hall For he that gets hurt will be he who has stalled There’s a battle outside and it is ragin’. It’ll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls For the times they are a-changin’. -Bob Dylan- A battle is raging in Tennessee as Senator Jack Johnsonpushes a bill that seeks to significantly alter the way construction payments…
Want to learn more about safety?  Attend SafetyFest Tennessee 2019 a free health and safety training held April 29 – May 3, 2019 in Oak Ridge and Knoxville, Tennessee.  SafetyFest is a combined effort of federal, state, and local agencies, businesses, and non-profit organizations to promote safety and health at work, home, and in the community.  The primary goal of SafetyFest is to make the region the safest place to work and live in the…
The payment term is the most important provision of any subcontract.  Subcontractors are not typically advanced money at the start of their work, requiring them to front the cost of construction based on the contractor’s contractual obligation to pay.  But, a subcontractor must insure the contractor’s payment obligation is not illusory.  Pay-if-paid and pay-when-paid provisions are frequently misunderstood. A pay-if-paid provision shifts the risk of nonpayment from the contractor to the subcontractor.  If the contractor…
With a Government Shutdown Looming, There are a Few Things Contractors Should Know The failure of Congress to reach an agreement on a short-term spending bill before the end of the day will cause the United States to start the weekend with a government shutdown.  Needing 60 votes to advance the spending bill in the Senate, Republicans face opposition to the current bill because it fails to offer protections for young undocumented immigrants or address