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

Comparison of the EPA RRP Rule and the Massachusetts Lead-Safe Renovation Law

The DOS has provided us with an excellent comparison of the EPA rule and the Massachusetts law.  Here is the link:http://www.mass.gov/?pageID=elwdterminal&L=5&L0=Home&L1=Workers+and+Unions&L2=Licensing+and+Certification&L3=Lead+Program&L4=Lead+Documents&sid=Elwd&b=terminalcontent&f=dos_lead_RRP_comparison_epa_dos_rrp&csid=Elwd

I would add an item.   The EPA rule requires that contractors provide the homeowner with documentation of the lead-safe practices upon final invoice or within 30 days of the completion of the renovation. I have been unable to find such a requirement in the MA Lead-Safe Renovation Rule.  I spoke with someone at DOS, and he could not find anything in the MA law either. I

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