New Jersey Business Lawyers Discuss Common Business Law Issues

Filing Liens and the Collections Process after a Construction Dispute

A Monmouth County Business Lawyer Explains the Rights of Your Business With the size, scope and costs that accompany a construction project, disputes can be a commonplace occurrence. However, some of the most serious disagreements happen when one party neglects to pay the other according to the contract terms. If this happens to your business, you may want to consider filing a mechanic’s lien against the property or job site. Filing a lien can help make sure that your business is compensated for its hard work, and enables you to enforce a lien by making it difficult for the owner to refinance or sell the property until you gain your deserved payments. How Can I File a Lien in New Jersey? New Jersey law stipulates that all contractors or subcontractors who expend any amount of labor, services, materials or equipment towards fulfilling a contract have the legal right to place…
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FLSA Changes Regarding Overtime

Our New Jersey Employment Lawyers Discuss Changes to the Overtime Regulations The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is responsible for setting all regulations regarding minimum wage, overtime, bookkeeping and youth labor in federal, state and local government as well as in the private sector. The Obama administration has set out to update the FLSA so that it will more accurately reflect the economic growth of our country since the original FLSA document in 1938. The result of this undertaking is a 295-page document the Labor Department titled Rewarding Hard Work, which is full of proposed regulation changes. Here’s a list of what these new regulations would do: Raise the minimum salary base from $455 per week to $970 per week for all professional, executive, administrative and highly compensated employees. Raise the annual income to be considered a highly compensated salary employee from $100,000 to $122,000. Establish an automatically escalating salary…
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When is Business Litigation a Necessary Step?

New Jersey Construction Company Sues Over Unpaid Work A New Jersey construction company has recently filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Pohatcong Township, claiming it failed to pay work-related expenses on a renovation project at the city hall. The company was contracted to build an addition on the side of the structure where the courtroom and police station are located, labors which have since been completed. The project was begun back in 2011, but experienced delays when the township pushed costs past its original bid. According to the civil filing, the township demanded work that was “beyond the scope of the contract.” It also claims the township hindered the company’s progress by not vacating the worksite in time for crews to begin working, reoccupying portions of the building while construction was still ongoing, and forcing the project into postponement by failing to make timely payments. The city has refused to pay…
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The Problem With Chinese Drywall

Defective Chinese drywall has become a hot topic in construction litigation during the past several years. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has received around 4,000 reports of toxic Chinese drywall from residents in 43 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa and Puerto Rico. Removing and replacing the defective drywall can be very costly and has prompted lawsuits against manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, builders, contractors and installers. If you are involved in a dispute over Chinese drywall or any other defective construction material, an experienced Monmouth County business attorney can help, no matter which side of the dispute you are on. What Makes the Drywall Defective? The defective drywall imported from China contains excessive sulfur, which causes it to give off a noxious, egg-like odor. The drywall has been known to cause corrosion damage to electrical wiring, pipes, AC units, household appliances, electronics, silverware and jewelry. Homeowners have also reported adverse…
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