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How New Changes in the Law Affect a Contractor’s License

March 15th, 2017|Construction Law|

We’ve already covered the number one reason contractors get sued. Now, let’s talk about how to stay in the clear when it comes to your contractor’s license.

Ever wonder what will happen if by mistake your office person forgets to renew your contractor’s license during an active project?

California Law

Under California law you would NOT be able to sue to get payment for your work done on that project.  Even worse, the owner could sue to get back all of the amounts paid on the project from you.

This was an […]

What is Lease-Lease Back in Construction and How Has it Changed in 2017?

March 7th, 2017|Construction Law|

The Previous  Law:

The Lease-Lease Back construction law authorizes a school district to lease a school site to a contractor for a token amount (say for example $1), if the lease contract requires the contractor to construct, or provide for the construction of, a building to be used by the school district, so long as the title to the building would vest in the school district at the end of the lease.  The contractor will then build the school and lease it back to the district for up to 40 […]

Top 5 Wage and Hour Risks for California Employers

February 28th, 2017|Employment Law|

The new federal overtime rules, the misclassification of employees, and recordkeeping are among the top five wage and hour risks employers in California face, according to California attorney Marc Jacuzzi of the law firm Simpson, Garrity, Innes & Jacuzzi, PC.

Overtime Risks

In a recent session at BLR’s California Employment Law Update (CELU) in Costa Mesa, California, Jacuzzi told attendees that employers in California must comply with the new federal overtime rules that take effect December 1, 2016, and at the same time, they must comply with California’s wage and hour laws, […]

The Number One Reason Contractors Get Sued

February 13th, 2017|Construction Law|

You work hard, get a bid to be accepted as a contractor, do a good job building and still get sued. You ask yourself why. Read on to find out:

  1. Number one reason contractors get sued:
  • Payment Disputes: This could be in the context of commercial or residential projects; public or private contracts.
  • Typical scenario: Contractor does work, usually good work, client is happy.  Client makes changes, contractor fails to get the client’s approval to a change order showing it is OK that the price has increased because of the […]