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Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act - What You Need to Know
by Patrick Kelly  Late on November 5, 2021, the United States House of Representatives passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, officially sending the bill to President Biden’s desk for final approval.

What does the bill cover?
In total, the bill covers $1.2 trillion in new and existing federal funding. Notably, for the purposes of this update, it will inject $550 billion in new funding for roads, bridges, ports, public transit, broadband, and other projects through 2026.

Covering transportation, broadband, and utilities, the bill represents the largest and most far reaching federal investment in infrastructure in decades, with some economists predicting that it will boost productivity and economic growth. Some say that the bill drastically expands what the term ‘infrastructure’ has traditionally meant, including provisions dealing with social policy and climate policy under the label of ‘human infrastructure.’ Now that the bill has passed, it’s important to know what is in it.

Of the $550 billion in new funding, the bill will direct most of its investments – nearly 52% – toward modernizing and improving transportation infrastructure, with the majority of funding reserved for highways, roads, and bridges. Read More...
Navigating your First (or Next) Insurance Premium Audit
by Billy Davis One of the primary ways to address risk on any construction project is to purchase insurance products to cover the financial fall-out that occurs when a particular insured risk materializes into an injury, property damage, etc. The familiar insurance products include general liability insurance, worker’s compensation insurance, and others. Insured risks are “priced” in the form of policy premiums, which the insured party pays to its insurers in exchange for an agreed amount of insurance coverage. Because the costs for addressing these insured risks are essentially liquidated, the insured party is better equipped to manage its finances and provide accurate pricing for its work.

A party’s responsible financial management and accurate work pricing can all be sent into a tailspin, however, as a result of a material after-the-fact change in a party’s insurance costs. How can this happen? Welcome to the world of insurance premium audits.

If you look closely, most insurance policies define the premium paid in exchange for the insurance coverage provided (typically listed on a declarations page) as an advance premium, an estimated premium, a deposit premium, a premium subject to verification, or a premium subject to audit. Read More...
 
Supply Chain Disruptions - Here to Stay?
by Adam Robertson It’s like a bad joke. The root of nearly all problems in the construction industry can be traced back to supply chain issues. Delayed project? Lack of materials caused by the supply chain. Bidding disputes? Estimates and prices increasing due to the supply chain. Customer satisfaction? Quality and delivery of materials subpar due to the supply chain. On and on it goes. That explains the sigh of relief when many economists and industry experts predicted some relief in the supply chain issues by the end of the first quarter in 2022. But, can we count on this prediction? The short answers are who knows and no.

The pandemic resulted in people purchasing more and accelerated online buying. These changes created a sudden spike in demand. However, while the demand was increasing, the pandemic prevented the economy from adapting accordingly. Not only did labor shortages cause order fulfillment problems, it resulted in a number of key manufacturing facilities being improperly maintained, which resulted in fires, mechanical breakdowns, or other complications that shut those facilities down. All of this created serious difficulties on the supply side. Together, the increase in demand and lack of ability to meet demand resulted in what we have heard about for months now, bottleneck in shipping, increased pricing, delays in fulfillment. Read More...
 
It's a BPTW Three-peat!
For the 3rd year, Andrews Myers was at the top of the list of mid-size companies in the Houston Business Journal list of Best Places to Work. This year coming in again at Number 1!  The annual list recognizes companies headquartered in the Houston area that demonstrate a positive company culture and employee appreciation. There were over 100 companies honored, ranked by company size and in order of scores based on employee engagement, benefits, corporate culture and amenities.
We thank our Andrews Myers family for making us one of the best places to work!
Employment
All Eyes on the Sixth Circuit: OSHA's Vaccine or Test Standard
by Tony Stergio Last week, the Fifth Circuit granted a nationwide stay of OSHA’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard. Yesterday, following the November 12 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, OSHA announced that they have suspended all activities related to the implementation and enforcement of the Standard pending future developments in the litigation.

The Emergency Temporary Standard, which applies to most employers with over 100 employees, requires covered employees to get vaccinated or get weekly COVID-19 tests. With the Fifth Circuit stay in place, and OSHA suspending enforcement measures, it is unclear when, or if, the Emergency Temporary Standard will go into effect. But the Fifth Circuit will not get the last word on this Emergency Temporary Standard.
 

The cases pending before the Fifth Circuit are not the only cases concerning the Emergency Temporary Standard. In fact, there are cases pending before multiple appellate courts concerning the enforceability of the Emergency Temporary Standard. Enter the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation. Read More...

Best Lawyers Recognizes AM Again!

Andrews Myers has been recognized on both a national and regional scale in the 2022 Edition of U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” for professional excellence.

 

The Construction Law and Construction Litigation practice groups ranked both nationally and within the Houston and Austin markets, while the Commercial Litigation, Corporate, Real Estate and Bankruptcy and Creditors Rights practice groups were rated for the Houston region.

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11/30 - AGC of Texas Christmas Party
12/01 - First Source Electrical Lunch & Learn w/ Carl Williams
12/01 - ASA Houston Chapter Brianna Built It Holiday Party
12/01 - GBVBA Holiday Mixer
12/03 - SPONSOR Houston Contractors Association Christmas Party
12/07 - SPONSOR GACC Houston Stammtisch
12/08 - CREMM Holiday Casino Night
12/09 - The Basic Course in Texas Construction Law w/ Andy Harris & Brittany Cooperrider 
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Founded in 1990, with offices in Houston and Austin, Andrews Myers, Attorneys at Law, is a corporate law firm and recognized market leader in Texas construction law.  The firm focuses on the concentrated disciplines of commercial litigation, construction, commercial real estate, corporate and business transactions, with additional emphasis on related issues including bankruptcy and insolvency, energy, employment and capital formation. A seasoned team of attorneys provides timely and cost-effective solutions to the most complex problems facing entrepreneurs and middle-market industry leaders throughout the state and the nation. For more information please visit www.andrewsmyers.com.
COVID-19 Updates
Andrews Myers attorneys have been tracking and updating the many changes that could effect you and your business throughout the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. To see all of the articles and information you may have missed, please visit our dedicated COVID-19 page on AndrewsMyers.com

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