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NAHB and Michigan Builders File Suit to Expand PPP Eligibility

Filed in Construction Industry, Disaster Response, Legal by on June 30, 2020 0 Comments
NAHB and Michigan Builders File Suit to Expand PPP Eligibility

With so many builders unfairly unable to obtain a forgivable loan under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), NAHB, along with the HBA of Michigan and HBA of Southeastern Michigan, today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Treasury and the U.S. Small Business Administration, challenging their decision to apply onerous regulations onto PPP that prevent certain builders and developers from accessing this much-needed source of funding and having those loans forgiven.

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Supreme Court Opinion Allows CFPB to Keep Operating; President Can Remove the Director

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Housing Trends, Legal by on June 29, 2020 0 Comments
Supreme Court Opinion Allows CFPB to Keep Operating; President Can Remove the Director

In a ruling that will avoid disruptions to the nation’s mortgage and lending markets, the Supreme Court ruled today that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) can continue operating but the president has the authority to remove the director “at will.”

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Supreme Court Affirms DACA; Decision Upholds an NAHB-Supported Legal Precedent

Filed in Legal by on June 18, 2020 3 Comments
Supreme Court Affirms DACA; Decision Upholds an NAHB-Supported Legal Precedent

The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that the federal government’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy is subject to judicial review. This means that roughly 700,000 “Dreamers” (undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children and who grew up knowing America as their only home) can continue to reside and work legally in the United States.

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Court Sides with OSHA, NAHB and Others on Emergency Infectious Disease Standard

Filed in Labor, Safety and Health, Legal by on June 12, 2020 0 Comments
Court Sides with OSHA, NAHB and Others on Emergency Infectious Disease Standard

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday rejected a petition by labor unions led by the AFL-CIO to compel OSHA to issue an “emergency temporary standard” to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases, including COVID-19.

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What Businesses Need to Know about Workers’ Comp and COVID-19

Filed in Labor, Safety and Health, Legal by on May 14, 2020 2 Comments
What Businesses Need to Know about Workers’ Comp and COVID-19

Access to workers’ compensation for COVID-19 depends on your state’s laws. Guidance is available from states and organizations that have addressed this issue.

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Supreme Court Decision a Win for Builders in County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund

Supreme Court Decision a Win for Builders in County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund

In a victory for NAHB and home builders, the U.S. Supreme Court on April 3 rendered a 6-3 decision in County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund. The case concerns whether pollutants that enter groundwater — and then reach navigable waters — are regulated under the Clean Water Act.

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Virginia Home Builders Log Big Wins During 2020 Legislative Session

Filed in Home Building, Land Development, Legal by on April 14, 2020 0 Comments
Virginia Home Builders Log Big Wins During 2020 Legislative Session

Of more than 3,600 pieces of legislation introduced during the 2020 Virginia General Assembly, the Home Builders Association of Virginia’s (HBAV) government affairs team found 270 that had a direct or indirect impact on residential land development and construction, and worked hard to defeat several bills and resolutions that could have harmed housing affordability and economic growth in the Commonwealth.

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NAHB Legal Action Fund Still Taking Applications

Filed in Legal by on April 10, 2020 1 Comment
NAHB Legal Action Fund Still Taking Applications

The NAHB Legal Action Fund is currently accepting applications from state and local home builders associations (HBAs), as well as their builder/developer members. Applications are due May 15.

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Be Prepared for Changes in the Supply Chain Caused by the Coronavirus

Filed in Disaster Response, Legal by on March 23, 2020 1 Comment
Be Prepared for Changes in the Supply Chain Caused by the Coronavirus

As part of an overall contract assessment, one of the most efficient ways to address unexpected price increases in building materials may be to use an escalation clause. If you do not already include an escalation in your contracts, consider adding one.

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Evaluating Your Contracts in the Wake of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Filed in Disaster Response, Legal by on March 19, 2020 2 Comments
Evaluating Your Contracts in the Wake of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Home builders should expect delays caused by measures to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. Companies should carefully review their contracts now for certain provisions that allow for such delays.

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