TEN NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR CONTRACTORS-2021

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   As I sit down to write my annual list of resolutions for contractors, I am amazed at how much things changed in 2020. Construction was going well and then, in March 2020, COVID-19 hit. At first, we thought it was going to be a disaster for the construction industry. States, cities and towns shut down projects and many applied for PPP loans. Then, something amazing happened. Construction was considered an essential service and everyone was back to work.  That said, the work world changed: companies were donating their PPE to frontline workers, COVID-19 protocols had to be followed and paperwork had to be filed. Everyone was scrambling to figure out how to comply and keep their businesses going. So, you may or may not ask, what was I, as a construction lawyer doing? I spent March and April thinking about the new risks contractors/construction companies were facing and developing contract clauses to protect the industry. I wrote a number of blog posts with clauses to add to your contra

Becoming a Certified Renovator Under the Lead Paint Law

What is involved in becoming a certified renovator? The certified renovator is responsible for seeing that the containment procedures are followed. He or she has to be on site at three stages of the project: when signs are posted, when the work-area containment is being established and when the post-renovation cleaning verification (dust wipe test) is performed. The certified renovator must be reachable by cell phone at all other times. In addition, anyone who works at the site who will be disturbing lead paint must receive on the job training (OJT) for their particular duty that is compliant with the requirements of the rule. The certified firm will need to be prepared to demonstrate the type of training that the workers have received for their particular task.

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