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Monthly Archives: January 2015

Philly won’t pave (artist’s) paradise to put up a parking lot p3

1/30/2015 | Real Estate Blog

Just a few short weeks later, we are going back to our Jan. 3 post about Philadelphia’s attempt to tear down artist James Dupree’s studio/workshop in the Mantua neighborhood. The building is inconveniently located on a block that the city believes would be a perfect spot for a grocery store.

Primer on Contracts: Payment Clauses

1/27/2015 | Construction Blog, Kaplin Stewart Blog

Payment clauses … no construction contract clause has a more immediate impact on the bottom line for contractors of all shapes and sizes. Understanding payment clauses can be the key to knowing when to press for payment or not and, ultimately, whether payment will ever arrive for work on a project. Careful review of your contracts with the help of counsel is a shrewd approach; but here are the basics at the risk of over-simplification.

US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR INCREASES HOURLY WAGES ON FEDERAL CONTRACTS

1/26/2015 | Construction Blog

Following the lead set in President Obama’s Executive Order 13658, the Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division issued a final rule raising the minimum wage for workers providing labor on federal construction and service contracts to $10.10 an hour.This final rule applies to new and replacement contracts that result from solicitations after January 1, 2015. It also places the Secretary of Labor in charge of setting the minimum wage beginning in 2016 with the restriction that the Secretary cannot […]