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Local Government Organizations Provide Guidance Regarding Georgia’s Immigration Mandates

The Association of County Commissioners of Georgia and the Georgia Municipal Association have provided guidance to local governments concerning Georgia’s immigration law for public works contracts.  The Georgia General Assembly has enacted several laws in recent years that impact local governments’ and public owners’ public work construction contracts.  Both the ACCG and GMA have published helpful guidance for local governments. Read More »Local Government Organizations Provide Guidance Regarding Georgia’s Immigration Mandates

New Laws Impact State and Local Public Works Projects

The most recent session of Georgia’s General Assembly produced several notable changes to state and local government procurement laws.  These laws apply to both state agencies and local governments.  They relate to bidding requirements and conditions, award selection, early completion incentives and liquidated damages for delayed completion, and immigration laws. Read More »New Laws Impact State and Local Public Works Projects

Surety Bond Lesson: Properly Identify the Parties

Surety bonds offer security to owners, contractors, subcontractors, and others for performance of work and payment therefor.  Both payment and performance bonds provide a sense of comfort to parties that rely on bonded parties.  But before relying on surety bonds, parties should make sure the terms of the bond match reality.

 A recent Georgia case illustrates the importance of checking the terms of surety bonds to ensure they identify and correctly name the parties, especially the bonded principal.Read More »Surety Bond Lesson: Properly Identify the Parties

False Claims Act for Construction Financial Managers and Accountants

AHC attorney David Cook authored an article on the False Claims Act that will appear in the next edition of Building Profits, the magazine of the Construction Financial Management Association.  The article identifies many risks arising from the False Claims Act, and specifically discusses those that impact construction financial managers and accountants.  Read More »False Claims Act for Construction Financial Managers and Accountants

Effect of Municipalities’ Ultra Vires Contracts

In several prior blog posts, we discussed the effectiveness of implied-contract claims against public owners, such as counties, school boards, and municipalities.  For instance, prior posts have addressed:

This post will cover the success of a quantum-meruit claim against a municipality based on ultra vires contracts — or contracts that were executed without formal authority.Read More »Effect of Municipalities’ Ultra Vires Contracts

E-Verify Law’s Unintended Exclusion for Small Public Employers’ Contractors

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently reported on an unintended exclusion contained in the 2011 E-Verify Law for contractors of small public owners (called “public employers”).  Those interviewed by the AJC, including a state legislator and representatives of the Georgia Municipal Association, believe that the law was not intended to exclude contractors of small public employers. Read More »E-Verify Law’s Unintended Exclusion for Small Public Employers’ Contractors