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Davis Brown Construction Law Blog

The Davis Brown Construction Law Blog provides Iowa contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, design professionals and others in the construction industry with news on legal changes impacting their work.

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OSHA's New Silica Dust Rule One Year Later - October 30, 2018

In October 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) began enforcing its Crystalline Silica Dust Rules ("Silica Rules") within the construction industry. The Silica Rules are important for both general contractors and subcontractors, as general contractors can be fined in certain circumstances when their subcontractors do not comply with the Silica Rules. Read More »


Celebrating Iowa Construction Week - October 1, 2018

The Davis Brown Law Firm is excited to celebrate the construction industry this week. Read More »


Summary of 2018 Iowa Construction Industry Legislation - May 31, 2018

With the 2018 legislative session ending earlier this month, it is a good time to review the legislation passed in 2018 relating to the construction industry. Read More »


Competitive Bidding Requirements for Certain Lease-Purchase Projects - May 30, 2018

House File 2253 is an Act making amendments to various Chapters of Iowa regarding competitive bidding requirements for certain lease-purchase construction projects. This bill was signed into law over objections from most construction associations. Read More »


Governor Signs Lien Law Bill Benefitting Construction Industry - Anti-Collateral Provision Repealed - April 24, 2018

The construction industry received great news when Governor Reynolds signed SF2229 into law, repealing the so-called "anti-collateral" statute that disallowed mechanic's liens in instances where material suppliers and others utilized personal guaranties and other forms of collateral. This repeal is most impactful to material suppliers, from cabinet and flooring suppliers to lumberyards and larger building material suppliers, in the residential and commercial construction industry. Read More »


Energy-Efficient Homes Credit is Extended for Homes Sold Before December 31, 2017 - February 13, 2018

The Bipartisan Budget Bill of 2018, which President Trump signed into law on February 9, 2018, has extended the Energy-Efficient Homes Credit for homes sold before December 31, 2017. Read More »


Contractor Registration Requirements in Iowa - January 16, 2018

All construction contractors and companies who perform any type of construction work in Iowa are required to register with Iowa Workforce Development/Iowa Division of Labor and renew the registration annually. Read More »


OSHA's New Silica Rules: Are you ready for OSHA to inspect your jobsite? - November 29, 2017

OSHA's new silica rules ("Silica Rules") for construction went into effect on September 23, 2017. Under the new Silica Rules, all contractors who engage in activities that create silica dust (such as by cutting, grinding, or blasting materials like concrete, stone, and brick) must meet stricter exposure standards including a lower limit on the amount of dust workers may inhale, as well as various other requirements. Read More »


Protect Your Business from Risks Involving Your Subcontractors - June 1, 2017

General contractors and builders face a unique situation when it comes to risk management. They are legally responsible to owners for the actions and omissions of their subcontractors. Thus, as you work on projects and hire subcontractors to perform work, you want to make sure you are taking the right steps to protect yourself and your business. Iowa's Statute of Repose law impacts how long builders and general contractors are liable for defects. This law was updated in the 2017 legislative session and a summary of the change is available. Read More »


Statute of Repose Bill Signed Into Law - April 18, 2017

On April 13, 2017, the Governor signed SF413 into law, which is a law reducing the Statute of Repose applicable to construction claims. This is great news for the Iowa construction industry. Read More »


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