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Statutory Changes to General/Mechanical Contractor License Groups

By on October 7, 2016 |

South Carolina General and Mechanical licenses are classified into five respective groups.  Each group defines the contractor’s financial limitations for bidding and performing general or mechanical construction.  Effective June 3, 2016, the South Carolina Legislature has enacted changes to the financial limitations and net worth requirements for each license group.  A summary of the changes… Read more

It’s a Good Time to Review Your FLSA Preparations

By on September 26, 2016 | ,

Virtually every construction payroll is governed by the Fair Labor Standards Act (the “FLSA”) and has been since 1938.  The FLSA governs payment of a minimum wage, overtime pay for time worked over 40 hours in a workweek, restrictions on the employment of children, and recordkeeping.  This Act has been amended on many occasions and new… Read more

Are you helping your Project Managers and Superintendents understand your contract?

By on September 19, 2016 | ,

The bidding and contract process is often totally separate from the job-site environment.  This can make it difficult for project managers and superintendents to keep track of key contract provisions, especially when the contract form in question is new to them.  Since field personnel are busy with the work, and are under a lot of… Read more

The Importance of the Contractor’s Daily Report

By on September 6, 2016 |

Ten years ago, when I was a second-year law student, I recall being told by numerous law professors that we’d be living in a paperless world by 2010.  While it is true that information continues to be shared, reported, and compiled digitally at an ever-increasing rate, it seems the amount of paperwork required to complete even… Read more

Are Certificates of Insurance Enough?

By on September 1, 2016 | ,

Contracts usually require contractors and subcontractors to carry certain types of insurance with stipulated coverage limits.  In most of the contracts that come across my desk, the owner or contractor simply require the contractor or subcontractor to provide a certificate of insurance to confirm and verify that the required insurance coverages are in place.  If… Read more

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