Publications


Sullivan PC Achieves Victory Against Riverkeeper Stormwater

Sullivan PC is the first firm to compel Riverkeeper to withdraw its prosecution without a fine and without an admission of any facts.

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How NLRB New Ruling on Contract and Temporary Workers Will Affect Your Business

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently ruled and made policy advantages on the issue of joint employer responsibility for contact and temporary workers.

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GCA in Opposition to Proposed DOT Rule on Street Excavations

The NYC Department of Transportation has proposed a new rule that will fight excessive street markings.

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Concerns for New Bill Eliminating Retainage for Materials

The Associated General Contractors of New York State, LLC (AGC NYS) and the General Contractors Association (GCA) partnered to seek a veto from the Governor in regards to retainage material bill A796/S2931.

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Labor Law Investigations are Costing Firms Millions

A recent $1.42 million settlement between the U.S. Department of Labor and four Long Island City contractors has gotten local construction firms on edge.

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Merger between Sullivan PC’s Clients, Ferrara Bros. and U.S. Concrete

In early April 2015, two of Sullivan PC’s heavy construction clients, U.S. Concrete and Ferrara Bros. Building Materials Corp., announced that they had joined forces.

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New York Governor Cuomo Vetoes Brownfield Extension of Credits

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a bill that would have extended the state’s current Brownfield tax credit program that gives developers remediation and tax credits to clean up polluted sites.

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New Standards for Retiree Medical Benefits in Collective Bargaining Agreements

The issue of vested medical benefits for retirees has become extremely important over time especially with since medical costs are on the constant rise. The medical costs may exceed what employers and unions had planned.

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New York Court Decision Reaffirms Recent Construction Delay Claim

Many owners seek to protect themselves with a “no-damages-for-delay” construction contract. The clause attempts to contractually stop the contractor from gaining extra payment as a result of damages caused by delays in the project.

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Contractors Required to Post OSHA 300A Form by Feb. 1

This is a reminder that from February 1st until April 30th, 2015, your 2014 OSHA Form 300A along with summaries of any work-related injury and illness that happened on all construction sites is required to be logged and visibly posted.

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Workers Compensation Audits ONLY for Construction Companies

New York Assembly Insurance Committee Chairman, Kevin Cahill, is attempting require annual audits of workers compensation premiums only of construction companies.

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Impending Deadline for EPA Tier II Reporting?

The 2015 deadline for filing EPA Tier II Reporting is very soon, March 1, 2015. Many companies have a few materials/chemicals in their facility that meet these criteria including…

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“Jerk Partner Insurance” Protects Sellers in Buyout Dispute

“Jerk insurance” is a safety net to prevent an owner from regretting that he or she was a jerk, or a fool. The insurance is intended to…

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New Rule to Quiet Jackhammers

The city is working to implement new rules that will require construction companies to invest in quieter jackhammers in hopes of mitigating the disturbing noise…

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Three Industrial Sites in Queens Go On Sale

Three development vacant parcels in Maspeth, Queens just east of the Kosciuszko Bridge is now up for sale and is estimated to go for $70 million. Two of the sites, are 1.5 and 2.2 acres in size, and they sit …

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Construction Boom Creates a Rise in NY Building Costs

The recent “building boom” has driven a high demand for construction firms pushing them to hike up their prices. A number of developers report that their construction costs have risen by at least…

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New York Minimum Wage Increases on December 31, 2014

Starting December 31, 2014, the minimum wage for employees in New York will increase from $8.00 per hour to $8.75 per hour.

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New OSHA Rule for Reporting Injuries

Starting January 1, 2015 a new rule will go into effect for employers covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) that will require contractors to face new deadlines…

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