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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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$55M to COVID-19-Impacted Tenants for Rent Relief
On Friday, June 5, a bipartisan committee of the Oregon Legislature unanimously made a series of decisions about how to spend $247 million in federal coronavirus relief as part of the CARES Act. The largest single element of the package is $55 milli...
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Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 on Current and Future Projects
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic represents unprecedented challenges to the construction industry, not just the immediate impact on labor, material shortages, and adapting to social distancing guidelines, but also the long-term impact on productivity an...
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Estimated Corporate Activity Tax Payments and Penalty Waivers
As previously reported, the Oregon Department of Revenue has not extended the filing or payment deadlines for the Oregon Corporate Activity Tax during the ongoing COVID-19 saga, but has been instructed not to impose penalties on taxpayers that can do...
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Let’s Get Back to Work! Construction Industry Personnel Considerations and Resources Related to COVID-19
With the recent reopening of Phase 1 construction in Washington and the eagerly awaited resumption of projects throughout the Pacific Northwest, we thought it might be helpful to provide a quick snapshot of the key regulatory guidance and tailored Mi...
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