McGreevy http://contractormag.com/taxonomy/term/6646/more en Is there a risk in Builder's Risk Insurance? http://contractormag.com/columns/mcgreevy/risk-builders-risk-insurance-1210 <div class="field-byline"> SUSAN LINDEN MCGREEVY CONSTRUCTION ATTORNEY </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The construction insurance industry has developed the concept of a "Builder's Risk" policy, which covers all the work in process, regardless of who happens to own it at the time of the occurrence.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/columns/mcgreevy/risk-builders-risk-insurance-1210" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Law McGreevy Builder's Risk Insurance construction industry contractormag.com/columns contractormag.com/columns/mcgreevy contractormag.com/law Susan Linden McGreevy Wed, 01 Dec 2010 17:00:00 +0000 6961 at http://contractormag.com Avoiding the competitive bid process http://contractormag.com/columns/mcgreevy/avoiding-competitive-bid-process-1110 <div class="field-byline"> SUSAN LINDEN MCGREEVY CONSTRUCTION ATTORNEY </div> <div class="node-body article-body">I don't make a practice of writing columns about isolated court decisions, particularly those that turn on fine points of state law, but the editors of CONTRACTOR magazine have brought to my attention a recent opinion that would warm the heart of any contractor patient enough to wade through its 18 pages, plus six more pages of footnotes.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/columns/mcgreevy/avoiding-competitive-bid-process-1110" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Law McGreevy Case No. G041688 contractormag.com/columns contractormag.com/columns/mcgreevy contractormag.com/law Great West Contractors Inc. v. Irvine Unified School District processing of public bids public contracting law Mon, 01 Nov 2010 16:00:00 +0000 6460 at http://contractormag.com Damages for delay: what is fair? http://contractormag.com/columns/mcgreevy/damages-delay-fair-1010 <div class="field-byline"> SUSAN LINDEN MCGREEVY CONSTRUCTION ATTORNEY </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Few people pay for construction work unless they intend to put the end product to use, either as their own residences or for a business or public purpose. In any case, there are repercussions — with dollars attached — if the end users can't get access when they planned. Yet more often than not, the subject of damages for delayed completion isn't adequately discussed (if it is discussed at all) at the time the customer and contractor are entering their agreement.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/columns/mcgreevy/damages-delay-fair-1010" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Law McGreevy contractormag.com/columns contractormag.com/columns/mcgreevy contractormag.com/law Fri, 01 Oct 2010 16:00:00 +0000 5325 at http://contractormag.com Not all bonds are created equal http://contractormag.com/columns/mcgreevy/not-all-bonds-equal-0910 <div class="field-byline"> SUSAN LINDEN MCGREEVY CONSTRUCTION ATTORNEY </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The only work in many communities these days seems to be public work. Well, at least you have the consolation that you will be paid because, aside from everything else, the contractor will have to have a payment bond to protect you, right? Bonds prove that there will be a big, solid company standing behind the obligations of contractors. Don't they?</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/columns/mcgreevy/not-all-bonds-equal-0910" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Law McGreevy 41 United States Code construction law contractormag.com/columns contractormag.com/columns/mcgreevy contractormag.com/law Miller Act payment bonds Wed, 01 Sep 2010 15:38:00 +0000 6120 at http://contractormag.com What strings come with stimulus projects? http://contractormag.com/columns/mcgreevy/strings-stimulus-projects-0810 <div class="field-byline"> SUSAN LINDEN MCGREEVY CONSTRUCTION ATTORNEY </div> <div class="node-body article-body">I haven't talked to many contractors who are seeing a big resurgence in private development yet, but I do know some who have survived because of an American Recovery and Rehabilitation Act (Stimulus) funded project. Small towns that needed but couldn't afford a sewer upgrade or road extension took advantage of federal funds to quickly get a project going. But along with the Stimulus funds are Stimulus rules, and more of them than you might expect. So, you have to decide: is it worth it?</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/columns/mcgreevy/strings-stimulus-projects-0810" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Law McGreevy American Recovery and Rehabilitation Act (Stimulus) funded project construction projects contractormag.com/columns contractormag.com/columns/mcgreevy contractormag.com/law stimulus funds The Truth in Negotiations and False Claims Acts Mon, 09 Aug 2010 19:10:00 +0000 6386 at http://contractormag.com Employee or independent contractor? http://contractormag.com/columns/mcgreevy/employee-independent-contractor-0710 <div class="field-byline"> SUSAN LINDEN MCGREEVY CONSTRUCTION ATTORNEY </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The Internal Revenue Service is being given funds for an additional 100 new "enforcement personnel" in the 2011 budget as part of a $25 million plan to crack down on the misclassification of workers as independent contractors</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/columns/mcgreevy/employee-independent-contractor-0710" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Law McGreevy contractormag.com/columns contractormag.com/columns/mcgreevy contractormag.com/law independent contractors Internal Revenue Service Social Security and Medicare taxes Fri, 09 Jul 2010 17:10:00 +0000 2631 at http://contractormag.com Federal project funds: understanding the laws, requirements http://contractormag.com/columns/mcgreevy/federal-project-funds-0610 <div class="field-byline"> SUSAN LINDEN MCGREEVY CONSTRUCTION ATTORNEY </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Doing business with the federal government is different. While it can be lucrative, it requires a working knowledge of a procurement system which is a world unto itself — as far away as you can get from the world of "in the old days we just worked on a handshake." Aside from the paperwork, inspections, delegation-of-authority issues, etc., every contractor working on federal work is presumed to know all of the laws and regulations that it must comply with.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/columns/mcgreevy/federal-project-funds-0610" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Law McGreevy ARRA (stimulus) projects contractormag.com/columns contractormag.com/columns/mcgreevy contractormag.com/law federal laws and requirements federal project procurement system Tue, 08 Jun 2010 19:19:00 +0000 4466 at http://contractormag.com Leveling the playing field between owners and contractors http://contractormag.com/columns/mcgreevy/leveling-owners-contractors-0510 <div class="field-byline"> SUSAN LINDEN MCGREEVY CONSTRUCTION ATTORNEY </div> <div class="node-body article-body">I met with a client this week who was encountering difficult soil conditions while laying sanitary sewer pipe. What he encountered was very different than what was shown on the soil borings, which had been made part of the contract documents. In fact, he encountered a landfill that he believes is full of old tires, paint cans and contaminated water in all the voids. It will be expensive to move and may involve toxic substances.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/columns/mcgreevy/leveling-owners-contractors-0510" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Law McGreevy commercial construction law construction projects contractormag.com/columns contractormag.com/columns/mcgreevy contractormag.com/law Contractors industrial and government contracting Wed, 05 May 2010 15:03:00 +0000 6115 at http://contractormag.com They don't always get away with it http://contractormag.com/columns/mcgreevy/they-dont-always-0410 <div class="field-byline"> SUSAN LINDEN MCGREEVY CONSTRUCTION ATTORNEY </div> <div class="node-body article-body">We have all heard stories of firms owned and operated by non-minority men, who appear to find a way to obtain contracts that are set-aside for women or minorities. I receive about one or two inquiries a month (more since the Stimulus Act) as to how this can be done.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/columns/mcgreevy/they-dont-always-0410" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Law McGreevy construction law contractormag.com/columns contractormag.com/columns/mcgreevy contractormag.com/law minorities women Thu, 01 Apr 2010 16:32:00 +0000 5170 at http://contractormag.com How to improve the collection process http://contractormag.com/columns/mcgreevy/improve-collection-process-0310 <div class="field-byline"> SUSAN LINDEN MCGREEVY CONSTRUCTION ATTORNEY </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Most plumbing and HVAC contractors are not bankers, and do not want to be in the financing business. Yet more than ever before, I see them turned into bankers — cash-flowing projects to keep owners, developers and general contractors afloat. This is happening everywhere, on the smallest remodels to the largest new construction projects. If you don't want it to happen to you, then you will need to take some pro-active steps to protect yourself.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/columns/mcgreevy/improve-collection-process-0310" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Remodeling Law McGreevy Mon, 01 Mar 2010 17:00:00 +0000 3052 at http://contractormag.com