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Current Issue: March 2020

Damages Waivers

When faced with negotiating damages waivers, it is critical to recognize the language used and what it tries to capture. That way, if a breach occurs, the parties are not forced to rely on what a judge believes falls within the broad legal…

Envelope Backstops in the Energy Codes 

A new type of requirement is coming in the latest energy codes that places limits on what can be “traded off” to meet performance requirements. Calls for envelope backstops will require a minimum level of envelope performance no matter what else…

4 Things Glaziers Can Do Today, amid COVID-19 Disruptions

In a March 19 webinar from the American Subcontractors Association, Brian Wood, partner with Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP, offered tips for subcontractors as they navigate construction market disruptions caused by the coronavirus.

Americans With Disabilities Act: What are employer obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, requires that employers make reasonable accommodation for employees with disabilities, unless it creates undue hardship. This will have implications for employers during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

All in the Family Part 2: How to Sell Your Company to the Next Generation

Part I of the “All in Family” article series looked at several key considerations for business owners looking to sell to family members. It covered determining company direction, addressing management plans, pricing and more. Once those topics…

COVID-19 Economic Update: Recent Developments Offer Hope

As has been the case since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the duration of the virus’s sweep across the country will determine if the economy rebounds quickly or if it’s in for a longer recession, said Ali Wolf, chief economist of…

Let’s Write a New Story About Bird-Glass Collisions

The glass industry has faced growing scrutiny in recent years over bird deaths caused by collisions with glass façades. Most in our industry know that those collisions could have been prevented through bird-friendly design and product solutions. …

Christopher Glass & Aluminum Inc. Trains Employees in CPR

In 2019, Christopher Glass & Aluminum Inc., a contract glazing company based near Chicago, partnered with the City of Elmhurst Fire Department and Elmhurst Hospital to provide CPR training for 60 of the company’s employees. The training staff…

Safety Considerations Amidst COVID-19

The current approach for handling employees’ confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases is “better safe than sorry,” according to Howard Mavity, partner at Fisher Phillips law firm.

All in the Family: Part 1

These topics of conversation may be uncomfortable, but they need resolution before the succession plan materializes. If they are not resolved beforehand, they are guaranteed to surface at the worst possible time.