Opinion—The Waters of the US Controversy Continues

By Don Wallis. The recent Supreme Court decision adds more uncertainty to the issue.  During the Obama administration, the  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expanded its powers under the Waterways of the United States (WOTUS) Act to inclu

It is now Illegal in New Jersey for Businesses to Discriminate Against Employees who are Breastfeeding

The New Jersey regulations are stricter than the federal law addressing the same issue. Under federal law, all employers with over 50 employees must comply with regulations that make it illegal to discriminate against employees who are breastfeeding.

New California Law Makes Direct Contractors Liable for Unpaid Wage Obligations of Subcontractors

AB 1701 places the burden on direct contractors to protect themselves from these claims. The 2017 California Legislature passed AB 1701 making direct contractors (contractors dealing directly with owners) responsible for the wage obligations of their

The Power of Arbitrators in Construction Litigation Reaffirmed

The Seventh Circuit reaffirms an arbitrator’s power to rule on questions of fact. A recent federal case in Illinois, Laborers’ Fund v. W.R. Weis Company, Inc., F.3d, 2018, WL 316555 (7th Cir. Jan. 8, 2018), has confirmed that the long-standing ab

Insurance Companies Can Limit Insured’s Right to Independent Counsel

A recent Illinois decision ruled in favor of the insurer. Policyholders occasionally request that insurers allow them to choose their own counsel rather than the “panel defense counsel” the insurer normally appoints to defend cases. Insurance com

Construction SuperConference 2017 Brings Together the Best and Brightest!

Atlanta – Kevin Gaffney, director, CSC:  “Enjoy a look back at some of the great moments from the 2017 Construction SuperConference”  “It’s not too early to begin thinking about attending the 2018 Construction SuperConference”, says

Opinion—The piecemeal federal budget is a disservice to the country

By Don Wallis. Congress continues to pass stopgap budgets every few months with no reasonable expectation of drafting a long-term budget. As of today, it appears there is no chance Congress will pass a long-term budget before the Friday deadline and

New Jersey Legislature Introduces Bill to End One-Sided Employment Agreements

The bill appears to be a response to the #MeToo movement. The #MeToo movement has exposed numerous instances of payments to individuals, primarily women, who have received cash settlements in return for keeping silent about the harassment they have e

DACA Injunction Creates Challenges for Employers

The termination of the DACA program may potentially remove hundreds of thousands of workers from the workforce. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program created a legal status for children of illegal immigrants that allows them to re