This is the fourth in a series of posts addressing the protection of the right to payment in the construction industry using construction lien rights as a tool.   Prior posts reviewed the information and analysis needed to identify available lien protections and the early notices many states require. This post highlights the fact that things

This post is the first of a series to highlight means and methods for businesses in the construction industry to protect their rights to payment for what they do. Follow along as we touch on issues of  contracts, collections, construction liens and the corresponding interests of the developers and property owners who build.  Although the

The Minnesota Legislature passed sweeping new amendments to statutes which create criminal penalties for the failure to pay wages and impose requirements for employers (including contractors) to document the terms of employment with their employees.  The new amendments took effect July 1, 2019.  Then, on August 8, Minneapolis passed an ordinance, essentially piggybacking on the

Employers have long disliked labor unions’ use of inflatable rats, large balloon cats, mock funerals and other types of dramatic protests mounted when a labor union wants to exert pressure on a company to cease doing business with the employer with whom the union has a dispute.  The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) expressly prohibits

Parties to public and private construction contracts entered into after August 1, 2019 are subject to new statutory requirements and limitations regarding the withholding and release of retainage, that portion of earned contract funds withheld by the owner from the contractor pending completion of the project.  It is important that owners, prime contractors, and subcontractors