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THE NEW TAX ACT AND MY ESTATE PLANS: NOW WHAT?

12/18/2018 by Patrick W. Herman

Great news: the new “Tax Cut and Jobs Act” (“TCJA”), doubles the estate tax exemption amount from $5.49 million per individual (the 2017 exemption amount) to $11,180,000 million. (For convenience, this article will use the $5.6 million projected exemption amount for 2018 before TCJA and $11.2 million).  The new higher number will be adjusted for inflation…. Read more »

Final Crane Operator Certification Requirements

12/10/2018 by Michael L. Sterling

On November 9, 2018 OSHA issued a final rule revising the Crane Operator Certification Requirements. The final rule is effective on December 10, 2018, except for certain evaluation and documentation requirements that are effective February 7, 2019. Under the final rule, employers are required to train operators as needed to perform assigned crane activities, evaluate… Read more »

Top 7 Sources Of Uncertainty In Building Design And Construction

12/07/2018 by George M. Nicholos

Recently the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Dodge Data & Analytics and other allied construction industry parties conducted research to identify the top sources of uncertainty in design and construction along with best practices for managing associated risk. And the top (7) are: Owner-driven changes: Instances where the owner’s requirements were not clearly initially… Read more »

Before Entering Into A Contract With An Arbitration Provision, Consider What Time Period The Parties Will Have To Bring Claims

11/23/2018 by Vania Ratliff

Statutes of limitations are statutory deadlines for filing legal actions. Limitation periods vary by the type of action. It is important to evaluate these limitation periods because if the deadline is missed, then the claim may be time-barred by the court. Arbitration provisions are increasingly common. Only a few jurisdictions, however, explicitly address whether statute… Read more »

Canada’s New Data Breach Reporting Requirements In Effect As Of November 1, 2018

11/16/2018 by Jonathan V. Gallo

Effective November 1, 2018, organizations engaged in commercial activities in certain Canadian provinces and territories  now have additional data breach reporting requirements pursuant to the Canadian Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA1) and the Breach of Security Safeguards Regulations2. While Quebec3, British Columbia4 and Alberta5 previously adopted substantially similar data breach requirements, if personal… Read more »

SBA Rules On SDVOSB Ownership And Control

10/16/2018 by Gretchen M. Ostroff

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) each has its own service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) contracting program. Until recently, the VA and SBA programs were subject to different sets of eligibility rules. Effective October 1, 2018, SBA revised its eligibility requirements for the SBA service-disabled veteran-owned small… Read more »

Recent Change To Rights Of SDVOSB Minority Owners

10/15/2018 by Gretchen M. Ostroff

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) each administers its own service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) contracting program. Until very recently, each program was subject to its own set of rules. Disparities between the eligibility requirements of the VA’s “Vets First” program and the SBA’s Service-Disabled Veteran Owned… Read more »

Your Responsibility for Worker’s Compensation May Extend Further Than You Think

09/27/2018 by Andrew P. Selman

Workers’ compensation obligations may extend to cover individuals beyond those you consider to be your traditional employees. While this article considers such obligations under the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act (VWCA), the consideration may be applicable in other states as well. Consult with an attorney licensed in your state to discuss the issue. One of the… Read more »

General Contractors: Important Licensing Considerations

09/26/2018 by Ashley G. Moss

Businesses must become licensed before acting in a contractor’s capacity.  The ability to issue licenses serves an important function of protecting public safety by ensuring that contractors meet established minimum competency requirements.  When applying for licensure, important considerations include (a) where the work will be performed, (b) the type of work the contractor plans to… Read more »