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Shared Savings Clauses: Contracting for Cooperation Rather Than Confrontation
More than two years removed from the first reported case of COVID-19 in the United States, the construction industry continues to cope with the pandemic’s lasting effect on the costs of new construction projects. These impacts include soaring constru...
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EPA Issues New HAL for Four Commonly Used PFAS
After months of speculation, on June 15, 2022, EPA issued its drinking water health advisory for four commonly used PFAS: PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and PFBS. EPA’s drinking water health advisories provide information on the levels of a specific contaminant t...
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Preparing for Summer: Oregon OSHA and Washington L&I Adopt New Excessive Heat and Wildfire Smoke Rules
The Pacific Northwest experienced record high heat temperatures and poor air quality due to wildfires the past few summers. Last year, Oregon OSHA adopted temporary emergency rules following a historic heat wave to protect workers from high heat and...
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Big Changes May Be Coming to Davis-Bacon
The Davis-Bacon Act and the Davis-Bacon Act Related Acts (the “Acts”), and their corresponding rules circulated by the Department of Labor (DOL), propose the rules for the administration and enforcement of the Acts’ labor standards, which apply to fe...
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PFAS Roundup: A Brief Summary of the Standards Set by Western States for PFAS in the Environment
Per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) are everywhere. PFAS are a large group of chemicals that have been in use by a variety of industries since the 1940s for their ability to resist heat, oil, stains, grease, and water. For example, in...
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Understanding Insurance Terms in Construction Contracts
Construction contracts at all tiers usually include terms requiring certain types of insurance, and often contain related provisions about indemnity. This “boilerplate” can be important if a job goes south, so here’s a short explanation of some of th...
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