VOLUME 3   ISSUE 25   JUNE 20, 2014


By Bruce Jervis


The current political discussion regarding income inequality and livable wages brings to the forefront one of the oldest government wage mandates – the payment of “prevailing” wage and benefit rates on public construction projects. More and more government entities seem to be getting in on the act.


In Michigan, the City of Lansing imposed wage rates more stringent than the state Prevailing Wage Act. The Associated Builders and Contractors challenged the ordinance, arguing that wage rates on public construction projects were the exclusive domain of the state. Municipalities had no authority to dictate wage rates. This argument was rejected by an appellate court. ... Read more.


Featured in this Week’s Construction Claims Advisor:

  • Municipality Could Impose Higher Prevailing Wages
  • Failure to Demand Arbitration at Comp Hearing Did Not Waive Right


By Steve Rizer


When a contractor prepares its bid or proposal on a construction contract, it should review and evaluate both the differing-site-conditions provisions and any disclaimer or exculpatory provisions in the proposed contract and make a risk assessment based on those contract provisions. This is one of several key steps that the authors of a new special report, which WPL Publishing recently released, urged contractors to take when preparing such a bid or proposal. To see more advice that Sedgwick LLP attorney Marilynn Klinger provided in the “Summary and Checklist” portion of the report, entitled “Differing Site Conditions,” click here.


By Steve Rizer


Construction Industry Institute (CII) has revealed a list of eight new research projects it will support for improving construction projects and practices across the industry. The eight topics address various areas, including the measurement of engineering/design deliverable quality, future construction needs of virtual design models, and best practices for succession planning. To see the complete list of topics selected for this year’s research slate, click here.





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