Union organizing is down as compared to previous years, but that does not mean employers should believe that support for labor unions has decreased.  NLRB records indicate that the number of representation petitions filed in 2020 is dramatically down from each of the previous four years.  This reduction in representation petitions can be attributed to

Many construction contracts now contain arbitration clauses.  Arbitration can be an effective dispute resolution process, but how the clauses operate in practice can raise challenges.  This is especially true when intertwined with mediation requirements and mechanic liens under state law.  The scenario below illustrates how the seeming conflicts could be resolved.

Assume a contractor under

Last week I moderated an online forum in which three recognized experts in various segments of the real estate industry shared their respective crystal balls as we close out 2020 and look ahead to 2021. The panelists included Tim Elam, Managing Director, Scannell Properties, James Freytag, SVP, CBRE, and Gretchen Camp, Principal, ESG. Each panelist

Like most things in 2020, the multifamily housing market is in a state of flux. Recently, I had the opportunity to moderate the Bisnow webinar, Twin Cities Deep Dive: Multifamily Update. The panelists included Brent Webb, Development Manager, Mortenson, Christian Osmundson, Director of Development, Alatus, and Josh Brandsted, President of Greco Properties. These leaders

The global pandemic has affected every aspect of life in America and across the world, the multifamily housing market is no exception.  The impact of the pandemic is affecting every aspect of multifamily development from product design and selection, to getting deals done, to building management and operation.

Over the last decade, there has been

This post is co-written by Bryan Huntington and Justin Gillette.

Transporting supplies and equipment is an essential part of the construction industry. Electronic logging devices (ELDs) have made it possible for a business to monitor nearly all aspects of a truck’s daily activities. These technological guardians monitor a truck’s speed, location, sudden braking and

This post is co-written by Phyllis Karasov and Mike Schechter.

On Wednesday, June 24, we wrote an article on the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry’s guidance that requires a preparedness plan for the construction industry. The guidance was confusing and placed onerous responsibilities on contractors, owners and public entities, including ensuring that plans among

Recently I commented on a growing level of concern regarding Gov. Tim Walz’s use of his statutory public safety “emergency” authority to promulgate wide-ranging and consequential executive orders affecting the state’s economy and citizens.  While many groups, including health care and service organizations, were required to suspend their operations for at least two months, the

This post is co-written by Phyllis Karasov and Mike Schechter.

This post was updated on 6/29/20 

In his recent Executive Order 20-74, Governor Walz ordered critical sector businesses to create and adopt a COVID-19 preparedness plan to make workplaces safe from the spread of the coronavirus, and his administration subsequently published guidance for specific