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 […]

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 Dec. 6-8, 2021. Start 2021 off […]

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 […]

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 […]