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The Texas Residential Construction Liability Act

September 04 , 2019

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In 2003, Texas passed a law governing the steps a residential homeowner must take before bringing a lawsuit against a contractor for a construction defect. The process allows builders and other involved parties an opportunity to immediately inspect and repair before a homeowner may file suit, and it offers limitations on the consumer awards available under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

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Contractors: do you have a silica exposure control plan?

August 07 , 2019

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The air your workers breathe could be killing them. Respirable silica is a known health hazard. Because silica has many applications in the construction industry, construction site managers and employers should be aware of the risks and know how to manage them with a silica exposure control plan.

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Understanding contractor qualification vendors

July 11 , 2019

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How safe is your supply chain? Even if a company works hard to maintain a high level of safety and quality, its reputation can suffer if suppliers and contractors are not equally cautious. Some issues may even result in expensive lawsuits and regulatory fines. Selecting the right companies to do business with can be a minefield. Contractors and suppliers also face difficulties, possibly being underbid by competitors that cut corners. This is where contractor qualification vendors step in to help.

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New Texas statute enforces payment of deductible by homeowners

July 09 , 2019

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Author: Andrea M. Palmer, JD, Director of Coverage & Litigation, Higginbotham

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Construction contracts: Oklahoma's anti-indemnity law

June 12 , 2019

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Contracts aren’t considered leisurely reading. The language used in indemnity provisions can be complicated. Terms like “indemnitor” and “indemnitee” aren’t used in everyday language. To help you navigate the complexity of indemnity provisions, let’s put the risk transfer language in common terms.

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Workers' compensation: 7 best practices for injury case management

May 22 , 2019

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There’s only one way your business can run on all cylinders, and that’s with every employee at work and functioning at full capacity. Unfortunately, that’s not always possible. Injuries and illnesses happen. And when you have employees off work due to injury, it can put a real strain on your operation and your bottom line.

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Understanding contractual liability insurance coverage

March 13 , 2019

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Parties to a contract often rely on their insurance coverage to protect them, and sometimes others, from liabilities they assume in the contract (aka “contractual liability”). Often, the parties aren’t concerned with knowing exactly how their insurance policy will provide this coverage; they just want to know that there will be coverage. Standard form Commercial General Liability (CGL) policies include contractual liability protection, which provides coverage for most liabilities assumed in most contracts. Parties to a contract can increase the likelihood of having contractual liability coverage by requiring the party assuming the liabilities to include the other party as an additional insured; in some contracts both parties are assuming liability and therefore both parties are (or should be) required to include the other party as an additional insured.

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How a learning management system can boost your safety training effectiveness

February 28 , 2019

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Your 10-point game plan for OSHA inspections

January 23 , 2019

GettyImages-InspectorAsk business owners to name their least favorite things about running a business, and OSHA inspections will probably be somewhere on the list. Nobody likes that kind of surprise or that kind of scrutiny.

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Company party protocol: 8 tips for incident-free events

December 05 , 2018

GettyImages-Employee Christmas PartyWith the holiday season in full swing, it’s company party time and a great opportunity to celebrate with your team. As you plan this year’s event, be cognizant of what you hope to achieve and what you hope to avoid. We’ve all heard the stories about those who drink too much, say too much or do too much at company parties. Today, in the age of social media, employees can instantly share their colleagues’ bad judgement through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, placing your company’s reputation at risk. And then there are more serious exposures such as sexual harassment, food poisoning and driving under the influence. These risks can quickly turn your festive event into a costly regret. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way. Some careful planning can ensure that your company party goes off without a hitch – and without a hit to your bottom line. 

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