Legal/Regulation


  • Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), alongside House Democrats, holds up the CHIPS For America Act during a bill enrollment ceremony outside the U.S. Capitol July 29, 2022 in Washington, DC.
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    $52B CHIPS Act a boon for construction, but challenges remain

    Labor shortages, security clearances and the funding timeline still need to be addressed, experts say.

    By Aug. 3, 2022
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    7 tips for complying with New York's wage theft law

    General contractors need to take care in order to avoid liability, according to accountant Phil Ross.

    By July 27, 2022
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    BNBuilders fires 3 workers connected to noose incident at Meta site

    More than 20 noose incidents have been reported on construction jobsites since George Floyd’s murder in 2020, but rarely do perpetrators get caught.

    By July 27, 2022
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    The Dotted Line: 'Carrot and stick' provisions help architects and GCs get along

    A new report explores the clashes between designers and builders. Construction attorneys say it doesn’t have to be that way.

    By July 26, 2022
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    Bill mandates breaks every 4 hours for construction workers

    The legislation aims to help address heat-related illness and death on jobsites nationwide.

    By Updated July 26, 2022
  • $200K reward leads to worker's termination for noose at federal project

    North America’s Building Trades Unions, which offered the reward, said it was in the process of paying it out after tips to its hotline resulted in the alleged perpetrator’s identification.  

    By July 20, 2022
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    Texas contractor settles EEOC racial discrimination suit for $50K

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged Lone Wolf Resources called a Black truck driver the N-word, among other slurs, and told a supervisor not to hire more Black people because “they are lazy.”

    By July 14, 2022
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    How much is a construction worker's life worth? NY bill says at least $300,000.

    Passed through the state’s legislature, “Carlos' Law” could increase the severity of fines contractors face in criminal penalties.

    By July 12, 2022
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    2 construction firms to pay a total of $500K for sexual, racial discrimination

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission compared the workplace culture at a Washington state HVAC contractor to a “sewer” and cited a Wisconsin restoration company for subjecting Black employees to racial slurs. 

    By July 6, 2022
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    Noose found at another Meta construction site

    A source told Construction Dive the noose appeared on a Redmond, Washington, jobsite after a worker gave a Black carpenter a handful of cotton and said, “We picked this for you.”

    By July 1, 2022
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    Court summons Microsoft, Skanska, Balfour Beatty in bias suit

    A Black construction worker alleged in federal court documents that he found a sign that said "This is not a safe space" after a supervisor told him he didn't like Black people. 

    By June 29, 2022
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    New York transit authority to upgrade most inaccessible subway stations by 2055

    The Metropolitan Transportation Authority agreed to add ramps or elevators to 95% of all inaccessible New York City subway stations under a lengthy timeline, resolving multiple class-action lawsuits.

    By Maria Rachal • June 28, 2022
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    The Dotted Line: What builders need to know about the Brazilian plywood 'ban'

    Will the material be the next Chinese drywall, or are American manufacturers trying to exclude a cheaper alternative from the market?

    By June 28, 2022
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    YIMBYs add new twist to local zoning, development battles

    Groups dedicated to pushing for affordable housing policies are coming into their own.

    By Robyn Griggs Lawrence • June 21, 2022
  • NABTU offers $200K reward in noose case at $6.5B federal construction site

    The trades organization condemned the incident as an act of violence and racist behavior.

    By Updated June 23, 2022
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    How SEC ESG disclosure rules will impact private companies

    Once finalized, the environmental reporting requirements will sweep in a broader range of companies than many might realize.

    By Robert Freedman • June 10, 2022
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    Biden issues executive orders to spur clean energy construction

    The actions include a two-year pause on key tariffs to support domestic solar energy builds.

    By June 7, 2022
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    The Dotted Line: Virginia bans 'pay-if-paid' contract language

    The new prohibition, which goes into effect next year, puts the onus on contractors to pay subs even when owners default.

    By May 31, 2022
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    Feds release grim reminder: Threat actors prey on basic security mishaps

    Federal authorities and U.S. allies admonished companies to tighten weak controls and configurations.

    By David Jones • May 25, 2022
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    The 8 largest OSHA fines of Q1 2022

    For trench safety, fall protection and other violations, the agency doled out hefty fines to contractors across the country, including one for $1.2 million.

    By May 19, 2022
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    How the Colonial Pipeline attack instilled urgency in cybersecurity

    The federal government and private sector are still coming to terms with how to protect operational technology in an increasingly volatile threat environment.

    By David Jones • May 18, 2022
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    Citing $1.2T infrastructure act, EEOC probes racism, sexism in construction

    Hateful episodes on jobsites draw feds' attention as IIJA money works its way to states.

    By May 18, 2022
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    Arizona utility asks regulators to reconsider gas plant expansion

    The Arizona Corporation Commission's April rejection of an 820-MW gas plant expansion means Salt River Project "will lack critical generation from quick-start turbines," the utility said.

    By Robert Walton • May 17, 2022
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    Sponsored by Technical Risks Underwriters

    TRU secures $100 million of wood frame builder's risk capacity

    Technical Risk Underwriters (TRU), Ryan Specialty's construction focused MGU, announces its new offering.

    By Chris Burns, President of Technical Risk Underwriters • May 16, 2022
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    White House vows to speed up environmental review for federal projects

    The new action plan will help streamline permitting and accelerate projects, Biden administration officials said last week.

    By May 12, 2022