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To best serve our clients, we make it a priority to stay on top of emerging developments and trends in the industry. Read more in The Hard Hat Blog.

Blowing the Whistle on Public Construction and the False Claims Act

By on January 25, 2017 | , ,

Contractors hoping to take advantage of incoming infrastructure spending should implement False Claims Act protections now. While promises made during a presidential campaign can’t always be taken to the bank, the construction industry is nonetheless preparing for a rise in federally-funded projects based on the Trump campaign’s promise of increased infrastructure spending.  Contractors taking on this work… Read more

Construction Defect Limitations Periods and the Duration of Your Risk in the Carolinas

By on January 11, 2017 | ,

Contractors often understandably assume that the end of a contractual warranty period marks the end of their potential liability on a project.  Unfortunately, while a warranty can effectively limit obligations to make certain repairs, liability for defective construction does not end with the warranty.  Instead, the duration of risk is primarily determined by two types of laws:  statutes of… Read more

Federal court blocks incoming overtime expansion rule

By on November 23, 2016 |

In a prior blog post, we explored changes to overtime pay rules for hourly workers that were set to take effect on December 1, 2016.  Yesterday, a federal judge in the Eastern District of Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking implementation of the rule. The Department of Labor promptly issued a statement expressing their displeasure… Read more

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

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