Blog Post
05/06/2019
By Donald A. Rea

A recent article in the Baltimore Business Journal on a Maryland construction industry survey reports that tight labor markets and rising materials costs are influencing the opinion of Maryland contractors that there may be a downturn coming in the near future.  While contractors are individually optimistic about their own businesses, they recognize that the labor crisis is growing.  Fewer young people are entering the construction indus

Blog Post
03/24/2014
By Gregory M. Boucher

Beginning on March 24, 2014, federal contractors that have a government contract or subcontract of $50,000 or more and have 50 or more employees must implement new affirmative action programs, including: (1) asking in every job application whether the applicant has a disability; (2) keeping track of the number of applicants and newly hired employees who self-identify a disability; (3) striving for a 7 percent disabled workforce, and (4) submitting a new affirmative action program that includes recruiting efforts toward attaining a 7 percent disabled workforce goal.

Blog Post
11/22/2013
By Gregory M. Boucher

On November 19, 2013, the Associated Builders and Contractors (“ABC”) filed a lawsuit seeking to prevent the implementation of new federal regulations affecting employers with more than 50 employees and with more than $50,000 in federal government contracts. The new regulations include a 7 percent disabled workforce goal and more stringent employer tracking of employment statistics. ABC has filed for an injunction to prevent the new regulations from taking effect on March 24, 2014.

To read the full article, please click here.

Blog Post
02/22/2013
By William W. Warren, Jr.

Pennsylvania's General Assembly recently enacted the Public Works Employment Verification Act (the "Act" or "Verification Act") (43 P.S. §§ 167.1 et seq.), aimed at ensuring that contractors and subcontractors on public works projects within the Commonwealth comply with federal employment eligibility requirements.