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Pandemic-Related Rising Materials Costs: How Contractors Can Avoid Losses and Protect Themselves

March 2, 2021 Construction Industry Legal Blog, Energy & Utilities Industry Legal Blog, Real Estate Development, Sales and Leasing Industry Legal Blog

The coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic (or perhaps the resulting monetary policy) has caused materials costs to skyrocket. In the past year, as of early February 2021, steel prices are up about 27%; copper prices are up about 37%; rubber prices are up about 62%; lumber prices are up about 113%; […]

New Licensing Requirements That Construction Contractors Need to Know About (The Occupational Freedom and Opportunity Act)

January 7, 2021 Construction Industry Legal Blog

On July 1, 2020, the Occupational Freedom and Opportunity Act (the “Act”) became law, which eliminated some barriers for construction contractors to become licensed in Florida. Particularly, the Act: (1) clarified that a passing result on a licensing examination does not expire; (2) eliminated the requirement for some applicants to […]

Contractors and Suppliers: What to Do if You Receive a Notice of Termination

December 29, 2020 Construction Industry Legal Blog

When property owners make improvements over $2,500 to their property, they must record a Notice of Commencement in the public records where the project is located. A Notice of Commencement signals the beginning of a construction project, and provides protection to the owner, contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. If a contractor, […]

Does a Tolling Agreement Extend the Miller Act’s (or Little Miller Act’s) One-Year Period to File a Lawsuit on a Payment Bond?

November 12, 2020 Construction Industry Legal Blog

Pursuant to the Miller Act and Florida’s Little Miller Act, when certain subcontractors and material suppliers have not been paid on public construction projects, they must file their lawsuit on the payment bond within one-year after the last day labor was performed or materials were supplied to the project. § […]

Overview of Construction Teaming Agreements in Florida

October 7, 2020 Construction Industry Legal Blog

Teaming agreements in the construction world, also referred to as teaming arrangements, are agreements between two or more independent companies to combine their resources, abilities, and knowledge, for the purpose of obtaining and, if successful, performing a competitive bid construction contract. If done properly, teaming agreements can assist these companies […]

New Florida Law Substantially Reduces Retainage Rate on Government Construction Projects

October 1, 2020 Construction Industry Legal Blog, Florida Business Litigation Blog

On September 18, 2020, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 101, an act relating to public construction, into law. This new law amends Section 218.735, Florida Statutes (the “Local Government Prompt Payment Act”) and Section 255.078, Florida Statutes (the “Florida Prompt Payment Act”), by reducing the maximum retainage rate […]

You Received an OSHA Citation, Now What? Steps Any Business Should Consider in Response to an OSHA Citation

July 31, 2020 Construction Industry Legal Blog

Within the last six months an inspector from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) visited your premises and you just received a “Citation and Notification of Penalty” for violations allegedly identified during the OSHA inspection.  Now what?  OSHA citations can be confusing, frustrating, carry heavy penalties, and must be […]

Construction Industry Webinar: Bond Law for Subcontractors and Suppliers

July 22, 2020 Construction Industry Legal Blog, Presentations, Videos

Managing Problem Construction Projects in Turbulent Times: Tools for Success is a multi-part education series designed for business owners and leaders in the construction industry. Part 3 of the series covered bond law for subcontractors and suppliers, including payment bonds on Federal and Florida public and private construction projects, and […]

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