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May 15, 2020

Employers: Be Prepared With a Detailed Return to Work Action Plan

With the easing of restrictions on certain businesses and the slow re-opening of local, regional and state economies, employers must prepare to resume operations in a safe manner.  Thus far, those segments of business that have been permitted to open are having to comply with stringent standards, or face the penalty of closure and possible […]

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April 24, 2020

Court of Appeal Sets Limits on Enforceability of Pay-When-Paid Clauses

by Kathlynn Smith For over 20 years, California courts have clearly and consistently rejected so-called pay-if-paid provisions in construction contracts that condition a subcontractor’s right to payment on the owner’s payment to the contractor. The seminal case of Wm. R. Clarke Corp. v. Safeco Ins. Co., 15 Cal. 4th 882 (1997) squarely rejected pay-if-paid clauses […]

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April 24, 2020

Employers: Latest News on Employee COVID- 19 Screenings

Today, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released guidelines permitting employers to test for COVID- 19 at workplaces before employees enter without violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These guidelines note that any medical test that businesses require workers to take must be “job related and consistent with business necessity” under the ADA, a […]

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March 12, 2020

When Is Construction Substantially Complete Under the Right to Repair Act?

by Paul Rogoff. When California enacted the Right to Repair Act in 2002 (Civil Code sections 895 – 945.5), it sought to implement a 10-year statute of limitations which would bar any actions brought more than 10 years after “substantial completion.” To do this, the Legislature borrowed language from section 337.15 of the Code of […]

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February 28, 2020

LEEDing Ladies: Conversations on Construction. Episode 1: Designer’s Risk(y Business)

Hunt Ortmann attorneys Kathlynn Smith and Jennifer Tung will present a complimentary webinar presentation LEEDing Ladies: Conversations on Construction. Episode 1: Designer’s Risk(y Business). This is the first of a 4-part webinar series with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Los Angeles. LEEDing Ladies:  Conversations on Construction.  Episode 1:  Designer’s Risk(y Business) Presented by Kathlynn Smith […]

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