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

Contract Provisions for the Lead Paint Law

Once a firm is certified and it has trained its workers, it has taken almost all of the necessary steps to stay in compliance with the Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Program Rule. A contractor should try to protect himself as much as possible from potential claims against him for lead paint injury. One way to protect oneself is by inserting clauses into contracts that address the lead paint law. With homeowners, the contractor will want the homeowner to acknowledge he has received the information booklet, that the firm has shown the homeowner its certification, inquired whether there are children under six or pregnant women at the premises, and whether any children in the house have tested positive for high lead levels. General contractors will want indemnification clauses where there subs will pay for the costs of defense for any claims brought as a result of the subcontractor’s work. They should also make payment contingent upon following the lead containment procedures and maintaining proper documentation. Contractors are advised to consult with their insurance provider to determine whether they should purchase pollution insurance.

The EPA has quite a bit of helpful information on its website:

http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/renovation.htm

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