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Oregon & Washington Construction Impacted by Governors’ New Orders
2020 has been the year of continuous changes in the construction industry brought about by the COVID-19 virus and its regulatory impact. Our construction team continues to monitor and provide timely counsel on meeting those challenges, whether on the...
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Oregon OSHA Adopts Significant COVID-19 Workplace Safety and Health Rules
Oregon has become the third state in the nation to enact a workplace safety and health standard specifically addressing the coronavirus. Many provisions of the new Oregon OSHA rule take effect November 16, 2020. While some of the more onerous provisi...
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New Contractor Requirements for Oregon Public University Construction Projects
During the one-day second special session, the Oregon Legislature passed two budget bills—SB 5721 and SB 5722—relating to public construction. While SB 5721 increases bond authorizations for the 2019-2021 biennium and revises previously approved bond...
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After Four Years of Controversy, Portland Adopts the Residential Infill Project
After four years of deliberation and analysis, the Portland City Council adopted the Residential Infill Project (RIP) on August 12, 2020. According to the City, RIP legislation is intended to increase housing opportunities by opening up the types of...
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New DOJ Clean Water Act Civil Enforcement Discretion Memo
The U.S. Department of Justice recently issued a new policy on limiting federal civil enforcement penalty actions under the Clean Water Act when a state is already enforcing. The Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Di...
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Bid Shopping Protection Extended to Steel and Rebar Subcontractors on Public Works Projects
Washington continues to expand its protection of subcontractors from the dubious business practice of bid shopping, at least on public works projects. Washington law requires that general contractors list subcontractors that are to perform certain p...
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