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Kaplin Stewart Ice Bucket Challenge a Big Hit

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Uncategorized on Sep 4, 2015.

As previously reported, the Kaplin Stewart Construction Law Department took the ALS ice bucket challenge recently. The event was a great success and even attracted some media attention. For some great photographs of the moments of truth, go here for the Times Herald’s coverage.

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Primer on Contracts: Payment Clauses

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Uncategorized on Jan 27, 2015.

Payment clauses … no construction contract clause has a more immediate impact on the bottom line for contractors of all shapes and sizes. Understanding payment clauses can be the key to knowing when to press for payment or not and, ultimately, whether payment will ever arrive for work on a project. Careful review of your contracts with the help of counsel is a shrewd approach; but here are the basics at the risk of over-simplification.

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OSHA To Begin Enforcement of Final Rule On Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Work

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Uncategorized on Nov 3, 2014.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration revised its safety regulations governing work on electric power grids in July 2014. A final rule was passed imposing new safety standards to more closely track general industry standards. These changes will result in some revisions to both the construction of power grids and the maintenance of those grids by power companies and hired contractors.

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The Government Cannot Terminate Construction Contracts At Will

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Uncategorized on Oct 20, 2014.

The Federal Claims Court recently ruled against the United States government on claims that it improperly terminated a metal building contractor on a U.S. Coast Guard project. The claim arose when a plethora of problems out of the control of the contractor, K-Con, Inc., caused it to deliver the project late.

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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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U.S. SUPREME COURT HEARS ANOTHER LABOR CASE

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Uncategorized on Jan 22, 2014.

The Supreme Court recently held oral argument in Noel Canning, a case in which the recess appointments of President Obama to the National Labor Relations Board were challenged. While that case will have no short term implications since the same appointees have since been ushered through a more legitimate process, it is anticipated by most legal scholars that the administration will lose this battle

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NEW REGULATIONS COMING ON WATER CONTAMINANTS

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Uncategorized on Jul 16, 2013.

The Engineering News Record recently reported that the push on public health concerns and environmental issues has caused the Environmental Protection Agency to begin imposing more stringent rules on the presence of organic and inorganic contaminants in drinking water. The American Water Works Association indicates it expects even more regulations in the industry soon as the EPA races to get them out before President Obama leaves office in 2016.

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