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

Lead-Based Paint RRP Rule-Update-EPA Delays Fine

Word came from the Environmental Protection Agency that the EPA will not be enforcing the certification requirement until October 1, 2010.  What does this mean for contractors?  You still need to follow the lead-safe practices, hand out the Lead-Safe booklet, etc.  Contractors will have to be enrolled in a certified renovator class by September 30, 2010, and must have completed the training by December 31, 2010.

Here is the link to the memorandum:


This memorandum was sent in recognition of the fact that contractors have had difficulty finding open slots in the training classes.  That said, contractor still need to be familiar with the rule and continue to follow the correct procedures when disturbing lead paint in pre-1978 homes.

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