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2016 BATC Builders & Remodelers Show features growing MNCLS legal team

Minnesota Construction Law Service’s growing legal team was out in full force at the golf-themed 2016 BATC Builders & Remodelers Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center on April 7.  Attorney Bill Gschwind was joined by associate Hugh Mulligan and Courtney Ernston, of counsel, immigration at the annual Minneapolis Convention Center event. A steady stream of […]

Hugh Mulligan, Minnesota Construction Law’s New Attorney

Hugh Mulligan served as a law clerk at Minnesota Construction Law Services while in his third year at William Mitchell College of Law. After receiving his JD degree last year, he passed the Minnesota Bar exam on his first attempt and was sworn in on October 30. We talked with the young Minneapolis resident about […]

Close the Costly Subcontractor Loophole In Your CGL Insurance Policy

If your Commercial General Liability (CGL) insurance agent hasn’t asked to see a copy of your written subcontractor agreement, you probably have inadequate insurance protection for your construction or remodeling business. The typical CGL insurance policy for contractors contains a “my work” exclusion. That means it covers incidental or consequential damage arising from the contractor’s bad construction, […]

Is It Time To Hire Employees Again?

Among the many reactions many remodelers and renovators had to the economic downturn and accompanying collapse of customer demand was a reduction in payrolled employees and an increased reliance on subcontract labor. As the economy begins to recover, homeowner confidence grows, and the demand for remodeling services grows, contractors are wondering if it’s time to […]

Replace Roof Deck When Covered with Old Ice and Water

Building inspectors are requiring contractors to replace sound roof deck material when the previous roof was built using ice and water shield. Why? Because the manufacturers’ specifications for the installation of ice and water shield requires that their product be installed over a “smooth surface.” Building inspectors are interpreting that spec to mean that if […]

EPA Takes Action Against Violators of LRRP Rule

The LRRP rule protects occupants of homes built before 1978, and the contractors who perform remodeling or renovation work on them, from exposure to lead paint hazards. The rule is now more than 3 years old and the majority of professional contractors taking on projects in these homes are becoming more comfortable complying with the […]

OSHA Updates Fall Protection Website

As part of its outreach program designed to prevent falls and assist employers with training tools, OSHA maintains a Fall Prevention website. To view the site, go to http://www.osha.gov/stopfalls/. Visitors to the site will find valuable resources including downloadable brochures and videos, in both English and Spanish on topics including floor openings, fixed scaffolding, bridge […]