Monthly Archives: February 2014

THEFT OF HEAVY CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT A LARGER PROBLEM THAN YOU THINK

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Risk Management on Feb 26, 2014.

The next time you think your crane, backhoe, or front end loader will be there in the morning, pause for a moment and consider if you are doing all you can to protect your equipment.

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A Little Presidential Trivia

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in General on Feb 17, 2014.

It’s President’s Day. Here is a little presidential trivia that involves construction to ponder. Feel free to take a guess at the answers in our comments section below to see if you can get them all right without using the internet to look them up. The answers will be revealed in the next several days.

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OSHA Intends To Extend Crane Operator Certification Requirements

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Uncategorized on Feb 13, 2014.

On February 10, 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced its intention to extend the time for compliance with the crane operator certification by 3 years, or until November 2017. There is also discussion about delaying its implementation indefinitely. Intense criticism and concern over the rule on this subject issued by OSHA in August 2010 is cited as the reason for the change. The Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health is leading the charge on the concerns and recommended the delay. Comments on the delay are due by March 12, 2014.

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Are Pennsylvania and New Jersey Construction Companies Paying Too Much in Taxes?

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Taxes on Feb 10, 2014.

With tax season looming, many are beginning to assemble their papers, talk to their accountants, and make decisions about how best to pay Uncle Sam. In this context, some will be shocked to hear about data recently offered by the National Federation of Independent Businesses and other tax related groups that have studied effective tax rates. Pennsylvania and New Jersey developers and construction companies should certainly be aware of these facts and, perhaps, consider changing the manner in which their companies are organized from a tax perspective.

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Some 2014 Projections for Pennsylvania and New Jersey Construction Companies

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Construction Industry News on Feb 7, 2014.

Now that it is February and almost everyone’s New Years’ resolutions are officially broken, it seems a good time to review what some are projecting as possible trends in the construction industry in 2014. The following is a simple list of predictions gathered from various sources.

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Kaplin Stewart Construction Department Kicks Off The New Year With A Trial Victory

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Kaplin Stewart News on Feb 6, 2014.

Kaplin Stewart Construction attorneys Robert Korn with assistance from paralegal Lynne Scott, successfully represented a contractor client in a breach of contract action and for violation of the Pennsylvania Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act.

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AIA Asserts Progress With Report On 2030 Commitment Program

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Design Professionals on Feb 5, 2014.

The American Institute of Architects initiated a program it calls the 2030 Commitment Program approximately 5 years ago.  Designed as voluntary initiative, its goal is to have member firms and other entitites in design and construction, including those in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, promise to work towards a goal of carbon nuetral buildings by 2030.  The ultimate objective is to make buildings more environmentally friendly. 

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