Articles by Ashbaugh Beal

NOTICE TO LENDERS: THE CONTRACTOR’S FORGOTTEN HAMMER

Date: September 10th, 2010

Faced with an owner or prime contractor who refuses or is unable to pay? Don’t know what to do other than file a lien and hope for the best? Fortunately, Washington’s mechanics’ lien statute provides contractors and suppliers with an alternative tool for securing payment: … Read More »

PUBLIC RECORDS ACT PROVIDES CONTRACTORS WITH A POWERFUL TOOL AGAINST PUBLIC OWNERS

Date: July 28th, 2010

After problems arise on a public project, contractors are faced with the question of how to substantiate their requests for additional time and money. While weighing the options, contractors have their own documents available for review, but NOT the owner’s or designer’s project documents. Obviously, … Read More »

INITIATIVE 1082 WOULD BRING DRAMATIC CHANGES TO WORKERS’ COMP

Date: July 14th, 2010

This week, Sam Reed, Washington”s Secretary of State, certified for the ballot Initiative 1082, which would allow private insurers to offer coverage for workplace injuries. Washington State is one of only four states that does not allow private insurers to offer workers’ compensation coverage (although … Read More »

FORCE ACCOUNT WORK: PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS

Force account can be a contractor’s best friend or worst nightmare if not handled carefully. In today’s tough construction market, getting paid for the work you perform is critical. A trap exists for the unwary, however. We want you to be aware of that trap … Read More »

POSTING EMPLOYEE RIGHTS UNDER THE NLRA NOW REQUIRED BY DOL ON CERTAIN FEDERAL PROJECTS

Date: June 3rd, 2010

On May 20, 2010, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued Final Regulations implementing President Obama’s , requiring contractors and subcontractors to notify their employees of certain rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The Final Regulations require government contractors to (1) post … Read More »