The Wendel Report: Construction and Infrastructure Update, February 2018

2018 California Construction Law Update

During the first year of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session, while much political attention was focused on several California laws that could be viewed as California’s rebuke of Washington, including California’s legalization of marijuana, enactment of “sanctuary state” legislation, and bills focused on climate change, 2017 also saw the enactment of a package of bills intended to address the state’s housing affordability crises, as well as a range of other bills of interest to the construction industry. 

2018 Construction Outlook: Mature Expansion, Deceleration in Some Sectors, Continued Growth in Others

The U.S. construction industry is in a “mature stage of expansion,” according to industry experts, with deceleration predicted in certain industry segments and continued but modest growth in others, for 2018.

New California Law Makes Direct Contractors Liable for Wage Violations of their Subcontractors

If there’s one law from the 2017 Legislative Session that has garnered a lot of attention in the construction press, it’s AB 1701. Under AB 1701, for contracts entered into on or after January 1, 2018, direct contractors may be found liable for unpaid wages, fringe or other benefit payments, or contributions owed by a subcontractor of any tier to their workers.   

An Overview of California’s Prompt Payment Laws

California’s prompt payment laws are scattered throughout the state’s Business and Professions Code, Public Contracts Code and Civil Code.  Their applicability varies depending on the type of project, the type of payment (progress payment or retention), and who is paying (owner, public entity or direct contractor). In short, it can be darn confusing.

Wendel Rosen Construction Lawyers Selected to Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers and Inducted into Construction Lawyers Society of America

Two members of Wendel Rosen’s Construction Practice Group were selected for inclusion in the 2017 list of Northern California Super Lawyers and Matthew Graham was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 edition. Quinlan Tom was named as Fellows of the Construction Lawyers Society of America. CLSA, an invitation-only honors society, is limited to 1,200 construction attorneys worldwide.

[This article was updated on November 1, 2019.]

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