Legal/Regulation


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    Federal infrastructure projects get a (flood) raise

    New and reconstruction projects must be built more resiliently under a recently finalized Federal Emergency Management Agency policy. 

    By July 12, 2024
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    Workers’ families file suit over Boise, Idaho, hangar deaths

    Relatives of two workers have sued several contractors, claiming rushed work and shoddy materials led to the fatal jobsite collapse in January.

    By July 11, 2024
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    Q&A

    Changes coming to NYC construction safety, permitting

    The code update will affect the definition of a major building and how many permits a superintendent can be involved with at one time, according to former DOB Assistant Commissioner Peter Amato.

    By July 9, 2024
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    Chevron ruling adds new wrinkle to US cybersecurity efforts

    The Supreme Court decision could have major ramifications for federal agencies that rely on old laws to tackle digital-era policy challenges, legal analysts said.

    By Alexei Alexis • July 3, 2024
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    Supreme Court’s Chevron, Corner Post decisions could delay energy investments, spur litigation: analysts

    FERC Chairman Willie Phillips defended the commission’s transmission planning rule after the court eliminated the Chevron deference for federal agencies.

    By Ethan Howland • July 3, 2024
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    OSHA proposes rule to protect workers from extreme heat

    Released Tuesday, the standard would require employers to provide water and rest breaks when high heat creates a hazardous work environment.

    By July 2, 2024
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    SCOTUS overturns Chevron doctrine, limiting federal agency reach

    Federal courts will no longer have to defer to agency regulations for interpretation of ambiguous statutes.

    By Ryan Golden , Ginger Christ • June 28, 2024
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    Chicago DOB still needs to fix broken inspection process: report

    The city's watchdog agency said its buildings department has “not implemented corrective actions” to issues discovered during an August 2022 audit.

    By June 28, 2024
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    Texas judge puts hold on prevailing wage rule

    Nine months after a Davis-Bacon update raised pay for workers on federal projects, a judge has halted the change.

    By June 27, 2024
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    Deere to pay $1.1M over racial discrimination allegations

    The company was cited for allegedly discriminating against 277 Black and Hispanic job applicants at facilities in Illinois and Iowa.

    By Kate Magill • June 27, 2024
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    Racism in Construction

    New Jersey attorney general sues Iron Workers’ chapter for discrimination

    Bloomfield-based Local 11 skipped over Black workers for jobs in favor of White members and promoted a hostile work environment toward women, a lawsuit claims.

    By Updated June 27, 2024
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    Manufacturing cybersecurity at heart of new White House guidance

    The increased priority on security comes as more clean energy supply chains face the threat of a cyberattack.

    By Kate Magill • June 26, 2024
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    Family of worker crushed by forklift sues Oregon contractor

    The estate of deceased ironworker Samantha Deschenes claimed that Portland, Oregon-based Andersen Construction violated the state’s Safe Employment Act in a lawsuit filed June 10.

    By Updated June 27, 2024
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    LA approves $200M for dispute with people mover builders

    Fitch, the bond rating agency, noted a "strained relationship" between the owner and contractors on the delayed LAX project.

    By June 25, 2024
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    The Dotted Line

    Why CMAR is on the rise for public construction projects

    As the construction manager at risk delivery method grows in popularity, there are key ways for contractors to ensure they’re getting a good deal.

    By June 25, 2024
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    CONSTRUCTION DIVE EXCLUSIVE

    EEOC releases anti-harassment guide for contractors

    The federal agency wants to empower the industry to make the jobsite safer for all workers, Vice Chair Jocelyn Samuels told Construction Dive.

    By June 18, 2024
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    Trump could roll back Inflation Reduction Act tax credits if reelected

    Volkswagen and Samsung SDI leaders expressed concerns at a conference last week about the stability of the IRA should the administration change.

    By Kate Magill • June 18, 2024
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    NYC approves second set of zoning changes

    The updates remove a decades-old rule that barred certain commercial building uses, among the changes that aim to boost commercial corridors, promote life sciences activity and bolster manufacturing in the city.

    By Joe Burns • June 17, 2024
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    Worker sues Turner, subcontractor after deadly Chicago fall

    Ironworker Jeffrey Spyrka survived after plunging eight stories from a scaffold last week. His coworker, technical engineer David O’Donnell, was pronounced dead at the scene.

    By June 13, 2024
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    Executive Moves

    Big-D taps construction law vet for chief legal officer

    Melissa Beutler Withy, who has written and edited two books on construction law, first represented the company as a partner at a private law firm.

    By June 7, 2024
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    Code compliance not enough to protect builders from lawsuits

    Building codes haven’t kept up with climate change, exposing contractors and engineers to liability even when they follow the rules, said a NIBS panel.

    By June 3, 2024
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    Caterpillar to pay $800K discrimination settlement

    The Department of Labor found the manufacturer discriminated against 60 Black applicants at its Decatur, Illinois, factory.

    By Joelle Anselmo • June 3, 2024
  • SEC clarifies intent of cybersecurity breach disclosure rules after initial filings

    The rules require notification of “material” breaches, but some early filers have reported incidents that appear to fall short of the regulatory threshold. 

    By Alexei Alexis • May 29, 2024
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    The Dotted Line: Avoiding common construction disputes on Key Bridge rebuild

    While projects of this scope and size often get mired in litigation, knowing the process from the get-go can help minimize conflicts, attorneys say. 

    By May 28, 2024
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    Safety Week 2024

    OSHA heat standard clears regulatory hurdle

    A committee has unanimously recommended that the agency advance the proposal for a heat safety rule.

    By May 10, 2024