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Cotney Construction Law Cardinal Changes

Understanding Cardinal Changes in Construction

By Lauren White, RCS Reporter. Learn how to stay protected if a cardinal change occurs on your next job site.  It’s common for construction projects to encounter delays and changes from the initial plan, such as a timeline adjustment due to weather conditions.  However, some owners request alterations that are so substantial, ...


Cotney Construction Law Social Security No Match

What are Social Security No Match Letters?

By Lauren White, RCS Reporter. Learn more about the return of the No Match letters and what it means for you and your business. This March the Social Security Administration (SSA) began mailing letters to employees with names and/or social security numbers that didn’t match the records of the SSA.  Known as ...


Cotney Construction Law Department Labor  Targets Construction Industry

Department of Labor Targets Construction Industry

By Lauren White. RCS Reporter. How to prepare your business for an investigation. Recently, companies in the construction industry, both small and large, have been targeted by the United States Department of Labor (DOL).  Investigations are taking place in an attempt to diminish labor employment infractions.   How is an Investigation Conducted?  “The DOL is ...


Cotney Spoliation of Evidence

New Information Concerning Spoliation of Evidence

By Lauren White, RCS Reporter. Cotney Construction Law explains recent development from appellate court regarding evidence abuse.  Recently, clarification was provided concerning “...potential liability that can result from discarding materials that could be used as evidence in a lawsuit,” according to Cotney Construction Law.  The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals supplied this ...


Cotney Construction Law Subscription Plan

Seeing a Need, Law Firm Creates New Subscription-based Legal Service Plans

By Karen L. Edwards, RCS Editor. A new approach streamlines legal services and provides access to attorneys on demand. If there is one thing that comes to mind when you have a need for legal services, it’s typically ‘how much is this going to set me back?’ Every roofing contractor has a ...


WSRCA Contractors Counsel

Contractors Counsel: Does California’s New “Gig Worker” Law Affect the Construction Industry?

By WSRCA. The foundation of California’s immense economy is based upon three industries: entertainment, technology and tourism. These industries heavily rely on “gig workers,”, individuals who provide paid services to multiple companies simultaneously and who have traditionally been classified as independent contractors. This structure is very similar to the model used in ...


Cotney Construction Law Help Contractors Avoid Litigation

Four Tips to Help Contractors Avoid Litigation

By Cotney Construction Law. Litigation is a common occurrence for contractors. Despite who is at fault, there are several ways disputes can arise, leading to litigation. Not only is litigation costly, but it can also ruin a company’s reputation. Follow these tips to help contractors avoid litigation. 1. Document Everything Contractors should have a ...


WSRCA Reduce Burden on Employers

How OSHA is Trying to Reduce the Burden on Employers

By Cotney Construction Law for WSRCA. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is instituting a handful of new rules that took effect on July 15, 2019. The overarching goal of these updates is to streamline processes, decrease paperwork, and preserve funds. The final rule will lead to fourteen standards revisions related to record ...


Cotney Construction Law Arbitration Misconceptions

A Look at Arbitration Misconceptions

By Cotney Construction Law. Arbitrations are less costly than a litigation because arbitrators are not held to the same constraints of a court litigation. A construction arbitration is an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process in which a non-affiliated third party, better known as an arbitrator, reviews a case between two or more ...


Cotney Construction Law Drone Pitfalls

Employers Need to Tread Carefully When Using Drones on Projects

By Kyle Gretel, Cotney Construction Law. Potential pitfalls of drone use on construction sites. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), more colloquially known as drones, are the topic of conversation in multiple industries and are used in a variety of different applications. From delivery of a kidney to a transplant recipient to aerial photography, drones ...


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