A massive tax increase on contractors located and doing business in the City of Birmingham, Alabama, has been avoided, but recent amendments that go into effect January 1, 2016, still present significant increases and changes to the old business license tax. (more…)
A New Jersey court recently reversed a variance issued by a zoning board to a building designed to achieve LEED Gold certification. The owner of the planned office building sought and obtained site plan approval and a height variance from the zoning board. Among other things, the zoning board found that the landscaping plan “conserves natural resources and prevents degradation of the environment,” that the site plan fulfilled planning goals of reducing impervious coverage, and that achieving the LEED Gold standard for energy use, recycling and waste disposal “promotes the [land use law’s] purpose of promoting utilization of renewable energy resources.” (more…)
Effective January 1, 2016, Alabama will have a new non-compete and non-solicitation law. Non-compete and non-solicitation agreements are used throughout the construction industry, particularly with owners, salespeople, and upper management. (more…)
We previously reported on other recently executed Executive Orders and it appears there is another in the works directed to government contractors. The new Executive Order circulating Washington will likely mandate paid sick leave for government contractors. (more…)
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has issued an important opinion that is good for contractors making claims on general liability policies, and not so good for the insurers issuing those policies. Specifically, the Eleventh Circuit reversed the District Court’s decision in favor of the insurer, and directed that judgment be entered in favor of the contractor establishing that the insurer was obligated to satisfy a $350,000 judgment entered against the contractor and in favor of the property owner in a separate lawsuit. (more…)
In the March issue of the Georgia Utility Contractors Association, Inc.‘s Underground Connection, Fielder Martin wrote about the need to level the playing field between a contractor’s lien rights and a lender’s security interest.