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Employers in the construction industry must simultaneously identify and assess business opportunities while developing strategies to ensure compliance with stringent safety mandates and environmental regulations.

Overview

Though construction encompasses a broad array of products and services, employers across this sector contend with similar challenges such as skilled labor shortages, rapid technological innovation, and strict regulatory requirements.  In addition to workplace safety, wage and hour, and labor relations considerations, government contractors and subcontractors must also meet OFCCP obligations. Whether we are advising contractors, suppliers, developers or owners, we combine our industry knowledge with an emphasis on compliance and preventive counseling to minimize workplace disruptions so you can focus on building your business.

We represent employers in all facets of the industry, including:
  • Large-scale commercial construction;
  • Highway construction;
  • Residential building;
  • Specialty construction;
  • Construction management;
  • Skilled trades;
  • Building and equipment suppliers;
  • Engineering and architecture;
  • Aggregate and material extraction.
Some of the specific services we provide include:
  • Providing advice and counsel on the entire range of labor relations issues for both unionized and union-free employers, including union organizing, collective bargaining, strikes and picketing, as well as successorship issues for government contractors;
  • Providing representation in OFCCP audits and defending investigations and lawsuits involving systemic discrimination allegations;
  • Providing representation in wage and hour compliance reviews and defending wage and hour lawsuits, including class actions;
  • Advising on worker classification, prevailing wage rates, recordkeeping and other compliance issues under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts;
  • Advising on immigration compliance;
  • Advising on workplace accommodations and leave of absence issues under the ADA, FMLA and analogous state laws;
  • Defending the entire range of workplace law-related litigation, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation and related tort claims;
  • Representing companies during investigations of alleged fraud in connection with defense contracts and major public works projects;
  • Advising on all aspects of workplace safety, including advocating for construction industry employers with respect to OSHA rulemaking;
  • Assisting government contractors in complying with all applicable privacy and data security mandates; and
  • Providing counsel on the entire range of benefits-related issues, including Affordable Care Act compliance.

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August 15, 2017

Why the Chicago and Cook County Paid-Sick-Leave Ordinances May Apply to Your Organization

August 15, 2017

Paid-sick-leave ordinances (PSLOs) became effective in the City of Chicago and Cook County on July 1, 2017. The PSLOs require employers to grant paid sick leave to employees on terms more generous than what most employers have historically offered. (For example, see our article, Cook County, Illinois, Issues Final Paid Sick Leave... Read More

August 11, 2017

Federal Law Does Not Preempt Connecticut Medical Marijuana Law Employment Discrimination Prohibition

August 11, 2017

Federal law does not preempt the Connecticut medical marijuana statute’s prohibition on employers’ firing or refusing to hire qualified medical marijuana patients, even if they test positive on an employment-related drug test, the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut has held. Noffsinger v. SSC Niantic Operating Co., LLC,... Read More

August 11, 2017

Top Five Labor Law Developments for July 2017

August 11, 2017

The U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed Marvin Kaplan to one of two vacant seats on the National Labor Relations Board on August 2, 2017. Kaplan was sworn in on August 10. Kaplan is a former counsel to the Commissioner of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. His confirmation leaves one vacant seat on the five-member Board... Read More