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New law could require earthquake retrofits for 15,000 buildings

Actually constructing houses or other buildings in California isn't so different from constructing them anywhere else in the country, but the construction industry has concerns that are unusual anywhere else. Chief among these is earthquake safety. California's peculiar geography means that construction has to take into account safety issues that aren't a serious consideration in other parts of the country. As a result, construction law in California often involves earthquake safety standards.

Federal contracts may cost more because workers are paid more

People in the construction world in California may be interested in exploring their options with lucrative state and federal construction projects. These projects can provide a small or mid-size construction firm with a tremendous source of jobs, income and exposure in the professional world and the public eye, but there may also be substantial barriers of entry for those construction firms which have never explored this uncharted territory.

Experienced representation for construction disputes

The construction world is full of complex procedures that require equally complex decisions. While it of course would be ideal if all of these procedures and decisions were complete without complication, it is unfortunately not always possible. When complications arise in the realm of construction, seeking the assistance of an experienced attorney can help formulate a strong plan of action.

When is an owner liable for its employee's injury?

Nobody wants to see an employee get injured on the job. Injuries, even ones that initially seem minor, can lead to long-term physical consequences that can cause a person to never be able to work again. At the very least, an injury to a worker means he or she is unable to work, which means time away from job during which the employee isn't earning a paycheck. For an employer, it means having to find a replacement or accepting that the injury could lead to a costly delay on a construction project where time is money.

Construction safety claims and how to protect against them

People in the construction industry in California know that there are many other safer occupations out there. People in this line of work put their lives on the line every day to build the infrastructure that most citizens use and take for granted every day. Without workers to build safe roads, towers, apartment buildings and homes free of construction defects, our world would be nothing short of chaotic.

Construction defects may be easier to track under proposed law

Our readers may have heard about some of the more serious building-related tragedies that have occurred in Southern California over the last several months. The most tragic may have been the balcony collapse that killed several young adults during a birthday party in June. This incident sparked national outrage and landed the contractor in some serious hot water, especially when their record showed that they had been responsible for several similar incidents involving faulty design and construction of balconies that left them at risk of water damage and resulting instability.

Legal and business consulting services with no strings attached

The California construction industry is currently experiencing a strong upswing, and with high demand comes plenty of opportunities for construction businesses and contractors to make their mark in the industry. But with this demand comes fierce competition, which is why so many firms want to stay lean and flexible, without carrying the weight of excessive overhead and unnecessary business expenditures.

What steps can a contractor take to get paid in California?

Contractors in California who do good work have every right to expect the owner of the project to compensate them for their work, but what happens when the owner fails to pay up? It's not quite as simple as it might be in the case of people who fail to make their car payments, in which case the bank can essentially swoop in and repossess the vehicle. In the construction business it's not very likely that the contractor will be able to remove the improvement or building from the owner's property, so what legal steps can a contractor take to get the owner to live up to his or her end of the bargain?

When a stop payment notice can come into play in California

California law has all sorts of remedies and causes of action that could be applicable to people involved in the construction industry. But most hard-working construction business owners would rather spend their hours getting the job done right than worrying about the legal side of things in case something does, in fact, go wrong.

The water shortage could well impact the construction industry

People across the country have heard plenty in the news about California's new emergency water-saving measures, which have been necessitated by creeping and seemingly endless drought and have touched the lives of nearly even Californian in some way or another. It's not just the farming industry which is feeling the pinch, it is also having widespread impact in other industries, including the residential construction world. The pool and spa industry in California is a multi-million dollar business, and thousands of small to large contractors will surely feel the sting of new water conservation regulations.

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