Industry News: Webcast, Bribes, Lawsuits

Webcast Explores Racism in Construction TOPIC: How 2020 Transformed the Conversation Around Hate and Racism in ConstructionDAY: Tuesday, March 2TIME: 2:30 Eastern TimeSPONSORED BY: Rhodes Group Industry leaders speak about the transformation they experienced over the course of 2020 in regard to hate, bias, racism, equity in construction, and how it has changed the manner […]

Design Firms Shifting Office Paradigm

SOUTHFIELD, MI – Until March of 2020, no architectural firm (indeed most professional service businesses) would have ever considered the possibility that its employees would work from a place other than its office. That reality changed dramatically, and it may not change back. Up to that time non-traditional office environments were never considered, largely because it […]

Mandatory Vaccinations? Yes With Caveats

HOUSTON – In an interview with Third Thursday, A. Kevin Troutman (a partner at Fisher Phillips law firm with 25 locations in the United States) reiterated his opinion that employers could indeed require workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. However, the proverbial devil is in the details, and there are caveats. Troutman explained that if employers do mandate the […]

CSC 2021: Call for Presentations Still Open

ORLANDO, FL – CSC is now accepting applications for its 2021 conference, hosted at the J.W. Marriott in Bonnet Creek, Orlando, FL. With COVID-19 risk top of mind for business travel, and the vaccine making its way across the nation, the Construction SuperConference staff fully anticipates a successful live conference December 6-8, 2021. Start 2021 off […]

International Construction Law Alliance Takes Shape

NEW YORK, NY – Under the banner Leading Construction Lawyers (LCL), an international construction law alliance has been formed by construction law practices: Peckar & Abramson, PC (United States); Altana (France); Breyer Rechtsanwälte (Germany); and the consulting and dispute resolution firm PS Consulting, based in Paris. The newly formed LCL Alliance will serve the construction […]

Will the Biden Administration Build Normalcy?

by Mike Heitman PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL – The newly inaugurated Biden Administration has campaigned on restoring the nation’s economy, healing our political divisions, and restoring our nation’s infrastructure.  The selection of his cabinet, largely composed of veterans of the Obama administration, suggest that the President is looking to model his political agenda on that […]

Trade and the Construction Industry: How will the Biden Administration Respond?

by Edward Seglias PHILADELPHIA – A new presidential administration always triggers discussion about what policies will change from the past administration and what new initiatives will be advanced. No doubt the new Biden administration will depart significantly from the Trump administration on many domestic and foreign policy issues. But trade, particularly with China, may be […]

Predictions for the New Year

ATLANTA – It’s been a full year since Construction Super Conference met at the Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes, Calif. Little did we know what would transpire between then and now. Just this week, the first Americans (outside of clinical trials) received vaccinations for COVID-19. In addition to the global pandemic, political strife of all […]

Industry News: Mandatory Vaccinations?

ATLANTA – In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Kevin Troutman (a partner at Fisher Phillips law firm) shared his insights on the possibility that employers might require workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. According to a Fisher Phillips press release, Troutman explained that if employers do mandate the vaccine, they might also experience controversy in the […]

Updating Litigation Hold Notices

by Samantha L. Brutout, Esq. PITTSBURGH – Does your standard litigation hold notice reference Blackberrys? If so, it is probably time to update it. As millions of employees continue to work from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, corporate technology has completely evolved in 2020. Tools like Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and Slack went from being […]

Industry News: Political Flags, Hurricane Lawsuits, Plastic Fencing, and More

Political Flags, Political Speech? According to a report in the Northwest Herald, the Illinois city of Crystal Lake received “voluminous” complaints after the contractor on one of its road projects put Trump 2020 flags on its equipment, a city attorney said. “As a result, the city of Crystal Lake now is working on language that […]

Will Regulatory Burden Increase Under Biden?

EL SEGUNDO, CA – Politicians loves construction. Construction means jobs for everyone—trained and untrained. No one objects to construction and never has. In my life, I’ve never heard anyone say, ‘Oh I hate construction’ or ‘Don’t put construction in my jurisdiction.’ Not only do construction workers earn an income, but they pay taxes—so construction is […]

Post-Election Predictions: “Shovel Ready” Biden Era?

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the wake of a contentious presidential election, certain industries are bracing for change. And yet, for the mostly non-partisan world of construction, the level of disruption is likely to be somewhat muted. “Everyone loves construction,” says Wayne H. Kalayjian, PE, SE, CFE, director at El Segundo, Calif-based Secretariat. “Construction means jobs […]

Labor Department Unpacks Trump’s Diversity Training Limits

WASHINGTON, DC – In mid September, President Trump issued executive order 13950 “combatting race and sex stereotyping” with an implementation deadline of Nov. 21, 2020. The U.S. Department of Labor has begun setting parameters to implement a policy that does not “promote race or sex stereotyping or scapegoating” and prohibits federal contractors from “inculcating such […]

Conference Cancellation, Trial Balloons, and Florida 2021

ATLANTA – In the wake of last month’s cancellation of Construction Super Conference (CSC) 2020, organizers are floating the possibility of holding a virtual “State of the Industry” session, primarily with members of the CSC educational advisory board (EAB). “We have not set this educational session in stone just yet,” says Kevin Gaffney, vice president […]