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

Massachusetts Takes Final Steps to Enact Its Own Deleading and Lead-Safe Renovation Law

It has finally happened! Massachusetts has taken the final steps to enact its own lead-based paint law for contractors who perform home renovation.  They will be moving to self-certify with the EPA to take over enforcement of the law shortly.  The MA law will take effect on July 9, 2010.  The goal is for MA to be authorized to enforce the  law on that date as well.  What does that mean for home improvement contractors?

I will be reading the final version of the law this weekend and will blog about it shortly.  My job is to understand the law and explain it to you, the public, in order to protect you.  More to come...

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