On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Kaplin Stewart News on Jun 28, 2013.
Monthly Archives: June 2013
On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Mechanic's Liens on Jun 27, 2013.
Until very recently, contractors performing excavation and site preparation work did not have the right to file a mechanic’s lien in Pennsylvania unless a building or other improvement was actually constructed at the site. That rule abruptly changed on May 17, 2013 in a decision by the Pennsylvania Superior Court in B.N. Excavating, Inc. v PBC Hollow-A, L.P., et. al. Based on this decision, contractors now have the right to file mechanic’s liens in Pennsylvania for excavation and site preparation work even if a building or other structure is not ultimately constructed at the site. This is a significant change in the application of the Pennsylvania Mechanic’s Lien Law.
On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in General on Jun 26, 2013.
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry recently rolled out a new program called “Make it Right”, which offers amnesty to both individuals who owe money for unemployment compensation overpayments and to businesses that are delinquent in unemployment compensation tax payments. The program, which established and authorized the Unemployment Compensation Amnesty Program (Amnesty Program) in June 2012, is an attempt to regain $356 million currently owed to the UC Fund. It will run from June 1, 2013 to August 31, 2013.
On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Kaplin Stewart News on Jun 26, 2013.
Kaplin Stewart attorneys will be offering the second in their series of presentations on OSHA Regulations on July 25, 2013. This presentation , entitled “Working at Heights: It’s Not By Your Grandfather’s Rules Anymore”, will focus on the rules governing scaffolds, ladders, tying off, and other rules and regulations governing work at varying elevations. The program will run from 7:30-9:00 a.m. at Kaplin Stewart’s Blue Bell office and breakfast will be served.
On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Labor Law on Jun 25, 2013.
An emergency interim final rule issued by the US Department of Homeland Security and the US Department of Labor in April of this year has gone into effect. Under the new application, the 2008 methodology using a 4-tier wage system in determining wages for non-agricultural H2B workers is being replaced with the average wage from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Statistic Survey. The new rule permits employers to use wages calculated under the Davis-Bacon Act, but does not require that Davis-Bacon wage scales be used unless the H2B workers are working on federal construction projects. The rule also maintains the previously existing carve out that requires signatories to union collective bargaining agreements to pay the wage rates stipulated in those collective bargaining agreements.
On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Immigration on Jun 6, 2013.
On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Pending Legislation on Jun 6, 2013.
On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Senate passed Senate Bill No. 1, a $2.5 billion transportation-funding bill. The bill may increase construction opportunities within the state, but its fate remains uncertain since some are concerned about the unknown increased cost to motorists and businesses with fleets of vehicles.
On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Current Events in Construction on Jun 5, 2013.
News reports in the last several hours indicate that a building at the corner of Market and 22nd Streets in Center City Philadelphia has collapsed and buried between 8-10 people. There was construction work going on in the area, including demolition work to bring one of the buildings down. It is assumed, but officially unknown, whether the demolition work was the cause of the building collapse.
On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Mechanic's Liens on Jun 4, 2013.
On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Labor Law on Jun 4, 2013.