Law http://contractormag.com/taxonomy/term/6642/more en Contractors, small businesses may see positive change from midterm election http://contractormag.com/contractor-marketplace/contractors-small-businesses-may-see-positive-change-midterm-election <div class="node-body article-body">On election day, Nov. 4, small business owners seemed to take interest back, as the political landscape of the U.S. has been rearranged.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/contractor-marketplace/contractors-small-businesses-may-see-positive-change-midterm-election" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/contractor-marketplace/contractors-small-businesses-may-see-positive-change-midterm-election#comments Contractor Marketplace Law Taxes Thu, 06 Nov 2014 17:31:00 +0000 38101 at http://contractormag.com <p>The 2014 Election results are in; small businesses and contractors may have plenty to celebrate.</p> Thinkstock <p>The 2014 Election results are in; small businesses and contractors may have plenty to celebrate.</p> Thinkstock PHCC’s 2013 Legislative Conference — Building America slated for May http://contractormag.com/law/phcc-s-2013-legislative-conference-building-america-slated-may <div class="node-body article-body">Play a part in shaping the laws that your business must live by: register for the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors - National Association’s (PHCC) annual Legislative Conference — May 22-23, 2013, at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, Va.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/law/phcc-s-2013-legislative-conference-building-america-slated-may" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/law/phcc-s-2013-legislative-conference-building-america-slated-may#comments Law Tue, 19 Mar 2013 16:45:00 +0000 21771 at http://contractormag.com Settlement between DOE, APGA would rescind regional standards for residential gas furnaces http://contractormag.com/law/settlement-between-doe-apga-would-rescind-regional-standards-residential-gas-furnaces <div class="node-body article-body"><p> WASHINGTON &mdash; The Department of Energy (DOE) agreed to withdraw the pending minimum energy conservation standards that include regional standards for residential non-weatherized and mobile home gas furnaces in a settlement filed Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. The settlement agreement is between the DOE and the American Public Gas Association (APGA).</p></div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/law/settlement-between-doe-apga-would-rescind-regional-standards-residential-gas-furnaces" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/law/settlement-between-doe-apga-would-rescind-regional-standards-residential-gas-furnaces#comments Law Thu, 24 Jan 2013 16:25:00 +0000 19761 at http://contractormag.com ACCA Launches Two New Webpages To Help Contractors Track Legislation http://contractormag.com/law/acca-launches-two-new-webpages-help-contractors-track-legislation <div class="node-body article-body">ACCA, the nation's largest association of indoor environmental systems professionals, has launched two new webpages on <a href="http://www.acca.org" title="www.acca.org">www.acca.org</a> that will help members see what state and federal legislation ACCA is tracking. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/law/acca-launches-two-new-webpages-help-contractors-track-legislation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/law/acca-launches-two-new-webpages-help-contractors-track-legislation#comments Law Thu, 06 Dec 2012 16:36:00 +0000 18881 at http://contractormag.com Change order basics — Part 2 http://contractormag.com/callahan/change-order-basics-part-2 <div class="field-byline"> MICHAEL E. CALLAHAN CONSTRUCTION ATTORNEY </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A common belief among owners is that contractors love changes so they can mark up costs to whatever the market will bear to make up for low initial bids. Contractors, on the other hand, often believe that owners use the change directive process to get a lot of extra work without having to pay for it or at least not without first putting contractors through the wringer. Yet changes are almost inevitable.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/callahan/change-order-basics-part-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/callahan/change-order-basics-part-2#comments Callahan Law Wed, 01 Feb 2012 17:00:00 +0000 8141 at http://contractormag.com New boiler legislation coming soon http://contractormag.com/columns/fey/new-boiler-legislation-1111 <div class="field-byline"> CAROL FEY CONTROLS AUTHORITY </div> <div class="node-body article-body">In the Oct. 6, 2006, Federal Register, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a proposed rule to amend the federal minimum efficiency standards for residential furnaces and boilers. Though the 59-page document is sometimes unclear and incomplete, it is slated to go into effect in September 2012, less than a year from now. When I surveyed three smart plumbers and three astute manufacturer's reps, none had heard of it.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/columns/fey/new-boiler-legislation-1111" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fey Law boiler legislation Carol Fey contractormag.com/columns contractormag.com/columns/fey contractormag.com/law controls Tue, 01 Nov 2011 16:00:00 +0000 5637 at http://contractormag.com Mechanic's liens in a tough economy http://contractormag.com/columns/callahan/mechanics-liens-1111 <div class="field-byline"> MICHAEL E. CALLAHAN CONSTRUCTION ATTORNEY </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Mechanic's liens are creatures of state statutes, so they vary tremendously as to who has rights, how they are protected and how they are enforced. But there are some issues that are common to many states’ schemes for liens that we can consider</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/columns/callahan/mechanics-liens-1111" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Callahan Law contractormag.com/columns contractormag.com/columns/callahan contractormag.com/law Mechanic’s liens Michael E. Callahan Tue, 01 Nov 2011 16:00:00 +0000 3521 at http://contractormag.com DBE set aside programs: can I get a piece of the action? http://contractormag.com/columns/callahan/dbe-set-aside-programs-1011 <div class="field-byline"> MICHAEL E. CALLAHAN CONSTRUCTION ATTORNEY </div> <div class="node-body article-body">As the construction industry still struggles in a weak economy, contractors continue to explore new opportunities for work. This may be why many of our clients want to find a way to participate in programs designed for Minority Business Enterprises (MBE), Women Business Enterprises (WBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) or any of the other programs for contractors that qualify for "set-asides," or who get a preference or other special consideration.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/columns/callahan/dbe-set-aside-programs-1011" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Callahan Law contractormag.com/columns contractormag.com/columns/callahan contractormag.com/law Sat, 01 Oct 2011 16:00:00 +0000 4661 at http://contractormag.com Lien waivers: what am I really waiving? http://contractormag.com/columns/callahan/lien-waivers-0911 <div class="field-byline"> MICHAEL E. CALLAHAN CONSTRUCTION ATTORNEY </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Unfortunately, not all so-called lien waivers just waive liens. Sometimes they waive much more than the contractor realized, which can be a big problem if the need to assert a claim arises later in the project.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/columns/callahan/lien-waivers-0911" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Callahan Law construction law contractormag.com/columns contractormag.com/columns/callahan contractormag.com/law lien waivers Michael E. Callahan Thu, 01 Sep 2011 16:00:00 +0000 7517 at http://contractormag.com Surviving a bumpy economic recovery http://contractormag.com/columns/callahan/surviving-bumpy-economic-recovery-0811 <div class="field-byline"> MICHAEL E. CALLAHAN CONSTRUCTION ATTORNEY </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Nothing relating to the last economic recession has been easy. Even the recovery is bumpy. And while we've come a long way from the massive job losses at the end of 2008, the tough times aren’t over yet.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/columns/callahan/surviving-bumpy-economic-recovery-0811" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Callahan Law construction law contractormag.com/columns contractormag.com/columns/callahan contractormag.com/law economic recovery Michael E. Callahan risk management Mon, 01 Aug 2011 16:00:00 +0000 3634 at http://contractormag.com