CSC Registration Opens July 20

ORLANDO, FL – SmartSaver Rates for Construction Super Conference go into effect on July 20. SmartSaver rates are the lowest possible rates for the conference, scheduled for Dec. 6-8, 2021 at the J.W. Marriott Bonnet Creek, Orlando, Fla. Third Thursday readers can receive 10% off their conference badge when using code: ThirdThursdays. “The last time […]

Industry News – Infrastructure; Masks; Employment

Many U.S. Adults Believe Workers Still Need Masks in the Workplace Nearly six in 10 U.S. adults (57%) believe employees should be required to wear a mask when working at an on-site work location, even after being vaccinated for Covid-19, according to results from an American Staffing Association Workforce Monitor® online survey conducted June 10–14 by The […]

Surfside Collapse – Legal And Regulatory Impact

SURFSIDE, FL – The recent partial collapse of a 12-story beachfront condominium has engineers speculating and experts pondering the legal and regulatory ramifications. Acknowledging the tragic loss of life, Wayne H. Kalayjian, PE, SE, CFE, director at Secretariat International, El Segundo, Calif., recently sat down with Construction Super Conference (CSC) Third Thursday to talk about […]

CSC Hotel Block Officially Open

ORLANDO – The Construction Super Conference hotel block is officially open and the appropriate link is now on the web site. Hotel rates are discounted when booking in the CSC hotel block. Construction Super Conference is scheduled for Dec. 6-8, 2021 at the J.W. Marriott Bonnet Creek in Orlando, Fla. Click Here for booking Pass […]

Richard L. Abramson – A Remembrance

by Robert S. Peckar Early Sunday morning, May 30, I received a call informing me that my partner of 43 years, Richard L. Abramson, had died suddenly Saturday evening, likely as a consequence of complications of the Parkinson’s disease he had been bravely fighting for almost 30 years. He was 74 years old. As co-founder […]

Infrastructure Bill – Opinions and Predictions

WASHINGTON, DC – President Biden has prioritized a major infrastructure bill, but negotiations at press time remain stalled within the highly partisan atmosphere of Washington, D.C. What are the odds that the legislation will pass? If it passes, what will it look like? What should it look like? Third Thursday asked for opinions and predictions […]

CSC Heads to Orlando This December

ATLANTA – CSC 2021 is heading east. Scheduled for December 6-8, 2021, the conference will take place in Orlando, Fla., at the J.W. Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa. It’s a classic destination with so many attractions, all of which we hope will be open 11 months from now. For example, Disney World theme […]

Industry News: Construction Cools; PPP Loan Forgiveness

Construction Cools As Costs Climb WASHINGTON, D.C. – Housing production fell in April due to increased costs of building materials that have priced out potential home buyers. The May 18 analysis comes courtesy of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). NAHB reports that overall housing starts decreased 9.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual […]

Biden’s Infrastructure Proposal: Passage or Gridlock?

by Stephen E. Sandherr ARLINGTON, VA – At the end of March, President Biden proposed a $2 trillion “physical infrastructure” plan. While there is a lot for the construction industry in this proposal, the funding comes with significant, and troubling, strings attached. As challenging, the President is proposing to pay for the new investments with […]

COVID-19 Liability Laws: Confusion Reigns

IRVINE, CA – Karl Lindegren, partner and co-chair of Fisher Phillips’ Irvine, Calif.-based litigation practice has some advice for construction clients who are looking to navigate the COVID-19 liability maze. First on the list; Name someone at the company who will specifically track all rules, regulations, and recommendations of the evolving coronavirus liability laws. It […]

PRO Act Concerns: Q&A With Christopher Horton

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL – The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act of 2021 passed in the House of Representatives last month with a 225-206 vote, with five republicans joining democrats in favor. Within the construction industry, anxieties persist about the Act which is essentially designed to give additional powers to labor unions. Third Thursday chatted […]

Industry News: American Jobs; Supply Chains; Theft Charges

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh issued a statement after President Biden announced the American Jobs Plan, an infrastructure package that administration officials say will create “millions of good-paying jobs and make America more competitive.” “This plan is what building back better looks like – 21st-century infrastructure including rail, roads, bridges and […]

Taxing Employers Will Undermine Economic Growth

by Stephen E. Sandherr ARLINGTON, VA – We greet the President’s new infrastructure proposal with mixed emotions. On one hand, the President is right to focus on rebuilding a broad range of aging and overburdened infrastructure and modernizing buildings. These investments will create a significant number of new construction career opportunities that traditionally pay well […]

COVID-19 – Back to the Beginning

ORLANDO – Leaving human tragedy and economic damage in its wake, COVID-19 will long be a historical touchstone in the lives of all who lived through it. And yet, with vaccines continuing to gain traction throughout the United States and the world, a glimpse of post-virus life has come into focus. While the legal profession […]

INDUSTRY NEWS: Va. Workers, COVID Relief, OIG Audit

Virginia’s First Worker Protection Unit RICHMOND, VA – Attorney General Mark R. Herring recently announced the designation of the Virginia Attorney General’s first Worker Protection Unit. The multidisciplinary team of prosecutors and attorneys within the Office of Attorney General will be led by a criminal prosecutor who will focus on investigating, stopping, and prosecuting individuals […]