This month, Governor Kim Reynolds signed into law two more laws affecting the construction industries: House File 2581, which makes changes in the notice period and other aspects of the law regarding location of underground utilities; and HF 2388, relating to the regulation of exterior cladding and finish materials used on residential buildings.

As those in the construction industry know, Iowa Code Chapter 573 governs public projects in Iowa in many aspects, including setting forth the rights and obligations of those involved in public projects in regard to retainage. From time to time, there are disputes in the interplay between the various provisions of this chapter and questions about the balancing of the rights among the various players in the project—the project owner, the general/principal contractor and the subcontractors.

On Wednesday, April 10, 2024, Governor Kim Reynolds approved Senate File 455. This new law limits the ability of cities and counties to regulate topsoil and stormwater on construction sites.

The construction industry continues to face challenges in securing qualified workers for their projects, with some companies turning to staffing agencies and temporary workers to solve this challenge. Companies turning to this solution need to be aware of the unique legal and practical considerations of doing so, as illustrated in the recent Iowa Court of Appeals case of Calabretto Building Group v. Tradesmen International, LLC,.

This is the third post in a three-part series discussing the impact of the U.S. Department of Labor final Davis-Bacon Act Labor Standards rule changes that go into effect on October 23, 2023.

This is the second post in a three-part series discussing the impact of the U.S. Department of Labor final Davis-Bacon Act Labor Standards rule changes that go into effect on October 23, 2023.

On October 23, 2023, substantial changes to U.S. Department of Labor regulations governing federally funded construction projects subject to the Davis-Bacon Act and Related Acts go into effect.

The Minnesota Legislature had a busy first half of 2023 that included passing several major new employment-related bills.

On May 25, 2023, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision in Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency, significantly contracting the jurisdictional reach of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) over wetlands. The majority decision is the most consequential CWA decision in decades, one likely to exclude millions of acres of formerly jurisdictional wetlands from federal regulation.

With the rise in construction projects that are audited, it is important for owners, general contractors and subcontractors of all tiers to understand both the basics and specific concepts regarding construction audits and seek legal counsel as needed.

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