Read the Latest Liability Update

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Legal by on August 31, 2015 0 Comments

gavelandhouseplansFrom litigation regarding laminate wood flooring imported from China to a newly effective minimum wage scale in Chicago, the current issue of the Construction Liability and Risk Management Update provides a unique roundup of valuable news related to residential construction.

Produced for members by the NAHB Construction Liability, Risk Management and Building Materials Committee, the latest issue also looks at a change in Nevada law regarding the test for independent contractors, violations of child labor laws (a 13-year-old operating a forklift!), and one city’s effort to encourage construction of multifamily housing through a new notice and opportunity to repair ordinance.

Of particular interest, in light of the Supreme Court’s recent decision that broadens the definition of a “taking” under the Fifth Amendment, is a suit filed by the Building Industry Association of the Bay Area (Calif.) against the city of Oakland.

Late last year, the city adopted an ordinance requiring that between 0.5% and 1% of a development project’s budget be used for public art. Builders are concerned that such a requirement constitutes a taking without just compensation under the Fifth Amendment and violates the free speech provision of the First Amendment.

For additional information about construction liability issues, contact David Jaffe at 800-368-5242 x8317.

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