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.
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.
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.
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.
Business formation in California can be a complicated matter. Due to overlapping liability laws, tax laws and other considerations, choosing the right legal option for business formation is essential for any start-up company.
People in California may have seen an interesting editorial article on the issue of skilled construction labor, which is central to the success and productivity of many construction firms. As demand for new construction continues to rise, some players in the industry say they are having a tough time finding and retaining qualified employees.
Many people in California think that taking legal action necessarily means dragging the issues before a judge, going through lengthy depositions, undertaking a time-consuming discovery process that can take months, and hiring expert witnesses to testify on an issue before the court. As an alternative to litigation, people dealing with contract disputes should consider mediation.
People in California may have heard about an interesting legal case between a construction company and the Palo Alto school district that has been heating up recently. The case stems from a contract that was awarded to Taisei Construction for the construction of two new buildings at Palo Alto High School. One of the buildings was a state-of-the-art media arts center, while the other was a two-story math and social studies classroom building.