Regulatory & Licensing
Regulatory and Licensing
We don’t like business-stifling regulations any more than you do and Minnesota construction is one of the most regulated industries. As business owners, contractors must operate within the regulatory environment to be successful and our job is to make certain you know how to do so. We make certain our clients know the construction laws and regulations, understand whether they are operating in compliance, and know what the cost could be for violating the regulations. Yet we’re not the enforcers. Our clients make the final decision about how closely they operate to the line.
At Minnesota Construction Law Services we work with contractors on the many Minnesota construction laws and regulations, including on the department of building inspection complaints or building code violation penalties. We also advise contractors on how to develop strategies for workplace safety to meet OSHA construction standards or prepare for a building inspector surprise visit.
CLARIFYING AND CONCLUDING COMPLAINTS
We Stay Up to Date on Regulations So You Don’t Have To
What is our process?
If a client receives a notice or recognizes a potential issue, we gather all the information available from the client to determine if a violation has occurred and how best to defend the client from the allegations.
Step One: Determine regulation compliance
When we uncover an issue, we start with a review of the laws, rules, and regulations involved. We also evaluate the facts to uncover whether there is more than one way to interpret the way the regulations are being applied to the facts.
Step Two: Review the DOL regulations
We advise our contractors on how to remain compliant through educational training and partnership guidance. Our services help uphold your company’s reputation, therefore helping you sell more projects.
Step Four: Prepare for the future
We help you understand why your actions are not in compliance with laws and regulations so you can make the necessary changes, or can understand the risk should you choose not to make changes.
Step Three: Determine your compliance
With so many rules, it can be difficult to understand how to comply with the regulations and what the risks are. We don’t impose rules, instead, we tell you what the speed limit is (the rules), how fast your driving (your compliance), and what the speeding ticket would be (the risks). Below are some common questions on construction regulatory and licensing to get started.
REGULATORY & LICENSING
Absolutely. A Department of Labor investigation is a serious matter. The investigators are professional and very skilled at what they do. When they ask a question or request information, they probably know the answers or have many of the documents. They want to see how you’re going to respond. By the time you received your letter, the Department had done extensive investigation and concluded there has been wrong-doing. When you get the letter or a call that says, “We’re with the government, and we’re here to help,” your first call should be to your attorney.
MNCLS attorneys represent many clients every year in Department of Labor investigations. We understand the process. And, because we’re not emotionally attached to the issue in the way that you are, we can help guide you to the best possible outcome. We will help you understand the regulations you’re accused of violating, what the violation might be, and how to correct your operations to ensure the violations don’t continue. If there has been no violation, we know how to respond properly to the Department.
There are various types of violations under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) construction standard, but they are six violation categories. These categories are de minimis violations (a technical violation against OSHA rules), other-than-serious violations (a violation that does not lead to serious injury or death), serious violations (a violation that has a definite chance of causing serious injury or death), willful violations (intentional violations), repeated violations (multiple same or similar violations), and failure to abate prior violations (does not fix the violation by the specified date).
Generally, OSHA rules apply to employers. If you don’t have employees working on a job site or your sub committed the violation, you may not think OSHA rules apply to you. In reality, OSHA rules can and do apply to a GC when the violation is by a sub or a sub’s employees. The GC’s responsibility may be slightly different but make no mistake GCs can be held accountable.
Be careful not to take the category of violation or the amount of the fine as an indication of the seriousness of the issue. OSHA may appear to “go easy” on the first violation. They take second violations very seriously. If there’s any possibility of resolving the issue without a citation, hands down that’s the best option even if the cost is greater than the fine. MNCLS attorneys are experienced representing contractors in OSHA violation matters.
UNCOMPLICATING CONSTRUCTION REGULATIONS
Areas of Regulatory and Licensing
Minnesota and federal laws are an overbearing part of running a construction business and if not followed, can cause costly repercussions. At Minnesota Construction Law Services, the rules and regulations are what we do. Let us manage the regulatory and licensing requirements, so you can focus on the construction.