Texas Construction Lawyer


Austin Paid-Sick Leave Ordinance: An FAQ for Employers

On Friday, February 16, 2018, the Austin City Council voted to make paid sick leave a mandatory requirement for all non-government employers. Austin is now the first city in Texas to implement such a mandate. The final text of the ordinance is not immediately available because the City Clerk must verify the approved language. For now, this FAQ highlights the key components of the law, based on the last amended proposal submitted on February 15, 2018, prior to the City Council’s final meeting and debate. That draft text is available here. What does the ordinance require? Most privately-owned businesses operating in Austin must now provide up to 64 hours (or eight 8-hour work days) of paid sick leave to each employee per year. Employees will accrue paid sick leave at a rate of one hour per 30 hours worked. Sick leave hours are earned in one-hour increments; no partial hour accruals are allowed. All available and earned time, up to the applicable cap, must carry over into the next yea..


The Chapman Firm assists the City of Weslaco in settling a multi-million dollar lawsuit

The Chapman Firm is proud to have assisted the City of Weslaco in this important matter. The City filed suit against its design engineer to recover damages because the City felt it has been misled into paying far too much for design services and the engineer’s performance was, in some respects, negligent. After a lengthy and contentious lawsuit, the City was able to settle the case. The Firm is very pleased to have been able to assist in reimbursing taxpayers for some of the fees that the City felt it should not have had to pay. http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/article_b5462760-fc0a-11e7-92e6-c7876d3e1e66.html The post The Chapman Firm assists the City of Weslaco in settling a multi-million dollar lawsuit appeared first on The Chapman Firm.


Jeff Chapman will Present Project Management and Dispute Avoidance to Austin NARI

Jeff Chapman will present to the Austin Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and their October Board meeting and membership lunch. Jeff will speak with the membership about Project Management and Dispute Avoidance. The meeting will be held at the Sunshine Camps Facility in Zilker Park on October 18 from 11:00 – 1:00. For more information about NARI or the program, go to the NARI Austin website. http://austinnari.org The post Jeff Chapman will Present Project Management and Dispute Avoidance to Austin NARI appeared first on The Chapman Firm.


Jerry Negrete will be Presenting at the Texas Charter Schools Association’s Annual Conference

Jerry Negrete will speak to the membership and guests at the Texas Charter Schools Association’s Annual Conference. This year’s conference takes place between Oct. 11-13 at the Gaylord in Grapevine. Jerry will discuss procurement for charter schools as well as recent updates to the law that effect charter school construction projects. Procurement Law for Facilities and Construction will be presented on October 12 from 10:45 to 12:00 in the Grapevine A banquet room. For more information about the conference click here http://texascharterconference.com/#. The post Jerry Negrete will be Presenting at the Texas Charter Schools Association’s Annual Conference appeared first on The Chapman Firm.


Effectively Transferring Risk Through Incorporation by Reference Clauses

Effectively Transferring Risk Through Incorporation by Reference Clauses Incorporation by reference clauses are tools commonly used by contract drafters to extend the terms, obligations, rights, and remedies from one contract to another. In construction contracts, these clauses are most often seen in subcontract agreements and bonds. In subcontracts, incorporation by reference clauses are intended to bind the subcontractor to the general contractor in the same manner as the general contractor is bound to the owner. Contractors of both tiers should be aware of certain tricks and traps involving these clauses if they wish to draft them in a way that will ensure their enforceability. Most sophisticated subcontract agreements include a definition of the assigned scope of work under the subcontract. Often, for ease of reference elsewhere in the subcontract, the scope of work is defined and subsequently abbreviated as “The Work”. In addition to terms discussing the scope of the Work, gener..


Contractual Notice and Opportunity to Cure Provisions

Jeff Chapman authored an article in The Advocate – The State Bar Litigation Section Report titled Contractual Notice and Opportunity to Cure Provisions. While The Advocate is directed at all practitioners who have a litigation practice and the article is written in a manner that has applicability beyond construction, the article focusses on many sample provisions and typical language from construction contracts. This article appeared in the Sprint 2017 edition. 2017.03 Contractual Notice and Opportunity to Cure Provisions The post Contractual Notice and Opportunity to Cure Provisions appeared first on The Chapman Firm.


Rebecca Moss joins The Chapman Firm

The Chapman Firm is pleased to announce that Rebecca Moss has joined the firm as an associate. Rebecca joins the firm after having practiced construction law for the past five years. Before joining the construction bar, Rebecca worked in governmental affairs. Her experience in government and her representation of public owners, private owners, and contractors in transactional, administrative, disputes, and litigation adds to the Firm’s strengths and experience in our construction law practice. We are excite to welcome Rebecca to the Firm. Rebecca Moss The post Rebecca Moss joins The Chapman Firm appeared first on The Chapman Firm.


Bill Erwin named Rising Star in Construction Law

The Chapman Firm is proud to announce that Bill Erwin, a partner in the firm, has been named a Rising Star for 2017 in Construction Law by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Rueters publication. The post Bill Erwin named Rising Star in Construction Law appeared first on The Chapman Firm.


Jeff Chapman receives Board Certification for Construction Law

The Chapman Firm is pleased to announce that its founder, Jeff Chapman, has received Board Certification in construction law. The Texas Board of Legal Specialization explains board specialization on its website. “Board Certification is a mark of excellence and a distinguishing accomplishment. Within the Texas legal community, Board Certification means an attorney has substantial, relevant experience in a select field of law as well as demonstrated, and tested, special competence in that area of law.” 2016 was the first year in which the Texas Board of Legal Specialization offered a certification for construction law and the results of that examination were announced today, January 6, 2017. Mr. Chapman is proud to be included amongst a select group of lawyers in Texas to be a part of the inaugural class of board certified construction lawyers. The Chapman Firm offers congratulations to all of our colleagues who are included in that group. The post Jeff Chapman receives Board Certif..


Jerry Negrete to speak at Charter School CFO Summit

On February 14-15, 2017, the Texas Charter School Association will host its CFO Summit. Jerry Negrete will speak to charter school business and chief financial officers about procurement law on February 14, 2017. More details are located on the TCSA’s website, included in the link below. http://www.txcharterschools.org/tcsa-announces-the-cfo-summit/ The post Jerry Negrete to speak at Charter School CFO Summit appeared first on The Chapman Firm.



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