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August 21st, 2012 - 11:32 am § in Employment & Labor, Legislation & Law, New Laws, Workers Compensation

Seattle’s Sick Leave Apocalypse Arrives In 10 Days

  In 10 days, pandemonium will sweep across Seattle as business owners scramble to figure out the new Sick Leave Law. I am posting this notice – do not wait, learn now. Read this quick post and prepare in today.[...]

April 24th, 2012 - 12:06 pm § in Construction Liability, Contract Drafting, Contracts, Litigating Your Contract, New Laws, Standard Provisions

New Washington Law Nixes Unfair Indemnification in Construction Contracts

  Contractual fairness – it is part of my mantra. If you read the blog, you probably know that I preach brevity, balance and clarity in contracting. The State of Washington did well to finally eliminate something that has angered me for quite some time – unfair indemnification.[...]

April 10th, 2012 - 1:14 pm § in Construction News, Legislation & Law, New Laws

The JOBS Act: A Boon for the Changing Construction Industry?

  Financing. It’s a common discussion topic amongst startup businesses and their attorneys. But seldom does it come up in the construction law world. Well, it’s time to talk about it, because with new technologies, new building practices and new niche construction work, the construc[...]

March 27th, 2012 - 9:20 am § in Bids, Construction News, Legislation & Law, New Laws, Public Contracting

Washington’s New Bidder Preference Fair, or Bad Idea?

  The State of Washington decided that it was time for a bidder preference law. Many, including me, feared that not only would it make construction more costly for public agencies, but that the state was feeding an “eye for an eye” mentality instead of being a leader in cost-effecti[...]

March 9th, 2012 - 5:45 am § in Green Building, Legislation & Law, New Laws

Creating a Market for Energy Efficient Homes: The SAVE Act to the Rescue

  ***Today’s post comes from good friend and colleague, Corey Fitch. Corey is an accomplished energy auditor, BPI Building Analyst, PTCS Certified Technician and Senior Project Manager at Puget Sound Solar in Seattle. Corey was asked to provide a perspective on the SAVE Act, a piece of[...]

January 5th, 2012 - 3:21 pm § in Construction News, Federal & State Contracts, Green Building, New Laws, Public Contracting

No More LEED Gold Or Platinum For Department of Defense?

  Last week, the President signed a new law that will effectively make green building more difficult for the Department of Defense (DoD). The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) requires the DoD to make a cost-benefit analysis, weighing the positives of LEED Gold and Platinum versus the c[...]