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December 2014 Archives

Rail system development plans raise some suspicions

People in California may have heard about the state's plans to develop and construct one of the nation's largest and most ambitious high-speed rail systems, which will ultimately span the majority of the length of the state from Sacramento to Southern California. This massive undertaking has garnered a lot of attention from the media and the construction industry from the get-go, with the latest controversy coming in in the form of the winning construction bid, which came in unexpectedly low.

What steps do I have to take to pay employee payroll taxes?

People who are interested in starting or managing their own construction business may quickly become overwhelmed by the tremendous number of responsibilities that come with managing payroll, insurance, and other benefits for their employees. By all accounts, it is a serious undertaking that requires significant time and attention, but there are resources to help fledgling business owners understand the basics of payroll taxes.

Construction site fire erupts in massive blaze

People in Southern California probably heard about the huge fire that engulfed a large portion of downtown Los Angeles in smoke earlier this month. The blaze, which apparently started at the site of a seven story apartment building which was under construction, was so serious that it took approximately 250 firefighters to assist in controlling it. The inferno also damaged nearby high rise buildings and caused police to have to shut down adjacent freeways. Luckily, thanks to some heroic work by the firefighters at the scene, the fire was contained from spreading even further.

Why mediation should be the start of every CA contract dispute

People in the construction industry in California know that the old axiom "time is money" is absolutely true when there are construction deadlines to meet, subcontractors to pay and laborers to put to work. In an ideal world, construction litigation would be decided quickly, cheaply and even-handedly, but we all know that the current state of affairs in the legal system is nowhere close to this.

What are the basic steps to starting a California business?

Now that the California economy is starting to ramp up in a big way, a lot of new entrepreneurs in the construction world are looking to start their own businesses and grow their existing operations. In California, choosing the right business structure is critical, whether it be an LLC, S-Corp or other entity. Business formation is not something that happens intuitively, but with the help of an experienced California attorney, getting set up and reaping the benefits of an established business can be relatively painless.

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