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Time to update your employee manuals

The United States Supreme Court (Obergefell v. Hodges) recently struck down prohibitions on gay marriage in states covered by the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, effectively legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. This means that employers are now legally obligated to provide the same benefits to employees in a same sex marriage that is available to … Continue reading

NFPA offers workshop report on school security and fire safety issues

In December 2014, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) hosted a workshop on the broad topic of school violence, which is defined as an active threat of some sort that has the potential to harm a measurable segment of the school population. In part, this topic is an NFPA issue because school violence often has … Continue reading

DBIA promotes advantages of design-build through new publication

The Design-Build Institute of America has released a new brochure, “Choosing a Project Delivery Method,” which provides a concise overview of design-build versus other common delivery methods. Although the free booklet discusses the pluses and minuses of choosing any of various project delivery methods, it, of course, promotes design-build. Subtitled “A Design-Build Done Right Primer,” … Continue reading

Recreational or medical marijuana use can jeopardize your firm

If your firm is in Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Washington, D.C., or any of the other jurisdictions where the recreational use of marijuana is no longer criminal, your firm might still be in jeopardy because of its use by employees. Industries regulated by the federal government or that perform services on federal projects need to worry … Continue reading

Don’t blow your credibility with a dated GBCI reference

Firms that provide LEED-based sustainability certification services hold themselves out as having a special expertise. But destroying credibility with a client can be as easy as contracting with the client to have the project reviewed by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). That name has been around since the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) limited … Continue reading