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    Compliance
    Not Quite Back to Normal—How NYC Contractors Can Operate
    BY Kathleen M. Morley

    Contractors who have been following COVID-19 safety requirements now have all the more reason to do so in New York City. Starting July 8, 2020, the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) resumed issuing penalties for non-compliance with current ...

    Compliance
    An Evolving “New Normal”: OSHA’s Recent COVID-19 Policy Changes
    BY Michael Metz-Topodas

    As the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved, so too have OSHA policies, as seen in three recent OSHA announcements affecting the construction industry. OSHA issued new construction industry guidelines to protect workers from coronavirus. The agency also ...

    Compliance
    And We’re Back! (Sort of): Regulatory Compliance for Resuming Construction Work in PA on May 1
    BY Michael Metz-Topodas

    The construction industry can resume operations statewide starting May 1, 2020 under recent orders from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. The Governor’s decision brought relief and excitement to contractors eager to get back to work. It also brought ...

    Compliance
    Road and Transportation Construction Moving Forward—Certain Rule Relaxations Make it Easier for Contractors to Keep Building
    BY Jennifer R. Budd

    While the country faces the COVID-19 pandemic, highway and transportation construction is almost uniformly proceeding across the country, even though state and local orders have shuttered other construction work. In fact, due to shelter-at-home ...

    Compliance
    The Scope and Reach of Pennsylvania’s Construction Industry Coronavirus Shutdown: What Construction Companies Can and Cannot Do
    BY Michael Metz-Topodas

    Please Note: This article was updated on Thursday, April 2, 2020 to reflect the latest legal and regulatory developments. At 8:00 AM Monday, March 23, 2020, enforcement measures took effect for Pennsylvania, with Governor Tom Wolf’s executive ...

    Compliance
    A Contractor’s Guide for Protection During the Coronavirus Pandemic
    BY Lane F. Kelman, Robert S. Turchick

    The coronavirus pandemic is causing ongoing instability and uncertainty to the global economy. Already, there is a profound alteration of worldwide business operations, including the U.S. construction industry. Government restrictions are limiting ...

    Compliance
    Recent OSHA Regulatory Shifts May Address Concerns About Electronically Submitting Workplace Injury and Illness Data
    BY Michael Metz-Topodas

    Recent OSHA activity indicates possible changes in the scope and enforcement of the newly-created Improve Tracking of Workplace Injury and Illnesses Rule (Electronic Reporting Rule). OSHA intends to collect less data than the rule requires in order ...

    Compliance
    ICYMI: Federal Appeals Court Upholds New OSHA Silica Rule
    BY Michael Metz-Topodas

    A recent federal appeals court decision rejected a challenge to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s new rule for respirable crystalline silica (silica) exposure in the construction industry (the Silica Rule), keeping the rule ...

    Compliance
    One Final Reminder: OSHA Electronic Records Submission Deadline December 15, 2017
    BY Shawn R. Farrell, Michael Metz-Topodas

    UPDATE: On November 22, 2017, OSHA announced that it moved the electronic reporting deadline for 2016 data and information from December 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017. The following blog post has been updated to reflect this change. No other parts of ...

    Business
    First Department of New York Loosens the Standard for “Piercing the Corporate Veil”

    One of the general and principal benefits of incorporating a business entity is limited liability; the owners of a corporation are not liable for the corporation’s actions or debts. There are, however, exceptions. One of the exceptions is the ...