Taft Construction Practice Group
Creating the foundation for a solid future
Taft has been helping clients build their futures for more than 130 years. We are business attorneys who see the big picture. Our Construction Team has broad experience in the construction industry and can provide a solid legal foundation for the work you do. We can assist you with every aspect of your project, from start to finish, whether you are an owner, developer, design professional, contractor or supplier. Our construction team is as multifaceted as you are.
Let us provide the legal framework for all stages of your project so that you can concentrate on what you do best - building your future.
Ohio Statute Prohibits Public Authorities From Requiring Contractors to Hire as Laborers Individuals Resident in the Public Authority's Jurisdiction
The Ohio General Assembly has enacted a statute, effective Aug. 31, 2016, that prohibits any public authority in Ohio from requiring construction contractors or design professionals to hire as laborers individuals resident in the public authority's jurisdiction. The statute also prohibits a public authority from giving incentives to contractors to hire as laborers individuals resident in the public authority's jurisdiction.
The Ohio Chamber of Commerce supported enactment of the statute. The mayor of the city of Cleveland opposed enactment of the statute. The city of Cleveland had in force before the enactment of the statute an ordinance requiring that 20 percent of construction hours worked on public construction projects in the city of Cleveland be worked by residents of the city of Cleveland. Four percent of those hours had to be worked by low income laborers.
You've Been Hacked and You Have No Cyber Insurance?
There was a time when general contractors and subcontractors were considered low-risk hacking targets since their networks are not vast repositories of traditional hacker targets like credit card numbers.
The advent of sophisticated hacking tools like ransomware (where your network data is encrypted and cannot be accessed unless you pay a ransom) and the fact that little technical knowledge is now needed in order to become a hacker due to hacking tools sold at low prices on the Internet mean that all businesses of any significant size are at serious risk. So, if your business does not have cyber insurance, you should consider it.
But what happens if you are hacked, the personal information of your employees is spread all over the Internet and you don't have cyber insurance? Is all lost?