The Colorado Supreme Court Rules in Vallagio at Inverness v. Metro Homes
The Colorado Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Vallagio at Inverness Residential Condo Association v. Metro Homes, Inc., which addresses mandatory arbitration provisions for construction defect actions. This article from Ryan Klein of Sherman & Howard provides an overview about the background of and holding in Vallagio, as well as some practical considerations for developers and builders. Later this month, CSHBA along with CAHB and several community groups will be discussing the impacts and benefits of the Vallagio decision, HB17-1279 and next steps for the 2018 legislative session.
4-23-17: House Passes HB 17-1279: Is It Reform or Not Enough?
HB 17-1279, which is known as the Construction Defect Actions Notice Vote Approval, may be the last hope for construction defect reform in the Colorado General Assembly’s 2017 legislative session. As numerous other construction defect bills have stalled or were sent to the “kill committee,” legislators, business leaders, and construction industry members came together to pressure House members for the passage of HB 17-1279. Through their combined efforts, HB 17-1279 passed 8-0 in the House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee. HB 17-1279 unanimously passed the House on April 24, 2017 (with one abstention) and now heads to the Senate, where it is expected to pass. Read More
House Votes to Overturn OSHA Recordkeeping Rule
In a victory for home builders and remodelers, on March 1 the House approved legislation to overturn the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) recordkeeping rule that would subject millions of small businesses to citations for paperwork violations, while doing nothing to improve worker health and safety. NAHB has led the charge from the start, vigorously opposing the rule - known as the Volks rule- with other industry groups to fight this unlawful example of regulatory overreach. Read More
Employer Duty to Record Injuries and Illnesses Extended to Five Years
On December 19, 2016, OSHA issued an amendment to its injury and illness recordkeeping regulation. The change states that an employer’s duty to make and maintain accurate records of work-related injuries and illnesses is an ongoing obligation lasting five years. The new rule takes effect January 18, 2017, two days before President-Elect Trump takes office. Read More
Court Allows OSHA’s New Anti-Retaliation Rules To Stand
The new rule, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2017, requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data that they are already required to record on their onsite OSHA Injury and Illness forms. Analysis of this data will enable OSHA to use its enforcement and compliance assistance resources more efficiently. The decision allows the Agency to proceed with enforcement. Employers are encouraged to review their policies and revise them appropriately. Read More
11-23-16: Federal Judge Blocks Overtime Rule
In a victory for NAHB, a federal judge in Texas on Nov. 22 granted a preliminary injunction to delay implementation of the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule. The rule, which was scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, would double the minimum salary limit from $23,660 to $47,476. NAHB joined other business groups in filing a legal challenge to the overtime rule on Sept. 20. Read More
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