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    Construction and COVID-19

    Feds won’t enforce contractor COVID-19 vaccine mandate

    Updated guidance indicates the government won't implement an executive order requiring the shot, but confusion remains.

    By Sept. 8, 2022
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    NYC’s construction site inspections, enforcement ‘inadequate’

    The tracking of jobsite injuries and deaths by the city's Department of Buildings needs improvement, according to a new audit.

    By Sept. 8, 2022
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    Construction and COVID-19

    Court partially reinstates federal contractor vaccine mandate

    An appeals court ruled the mandate is still stayed for members of the Associated Builders and Contractors and contracting agencies in seven states. 

    By Aug. 30, 2022
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    The Dotted Line: Recession fears spur uptick in terminations for convenience

    Attorneys say there's been a slight increase in the number of owners pulling out of projects. Here's what you can do to protect your firm. 

    By Aug. 30, 2022
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    SEC charges Granite with fraud, firm pays $12M

    The California-based contractor said it fully cooperated with the investigation, while the attorney for a former executive at the firm said he would fight the charges in court. 

    By Aug. 26, 2022
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    FERC gives builders 4 more years to finish $6.6B Mountain Valley gas pipeline

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday said the long-delayed project remains in the public interest.

    By Ethan Howland • Aug. 25, 2022
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    The ‘bonus’ tax deduction in the Inflation Reduction Act for construction firms

    Contractors can earn up to a $5-per-square-foot energy-efficient tax deduction when they meet prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements on nonprofit projects. 

    By Aug. 24, 2022
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    Massachusetts establishes health, safety agency for public workers

    The state's plan will provide protections for 430,000 public employees.

    By Aug. 24, 2022
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    Inflation Reduction Act includes $3B to improve roads

    The law funds a new grant program to build connections across highways and railroads and to redesign streets that are dangerous to cross.

    By Aug. 23, 2022
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    Racism in Construction

    Noose found at $295M Oregon high school construction site

    Andersen Construction, which is overseeing the renovation at Benson Polytechnic High School in Portland, Oregon, offered a $10,000 reward for information in the case. 

    By Aug. 17, 2022
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    Report details what went wrong at Denver Airport’s Great Hall project

    The build had several high-profile issues, including cost overruns and management fights, and is years behind its original schedule.

    By Aug. 16, 2022
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    Biden signs Inflation Reduction Act, boosting low-carbon materials in civil projects

    The bill contains approximately $5 billion for programs to accelerate the construction industry’s shift toward green building materials.

    By Updated Aug. 17, 2022
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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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    Q&A

    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