Cromie, Fleder, Smith and Shadiak Present at NJAGC’s Legal Issues Seminar (June 2009)

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ROSELAND, N.J./June 19, 2009 -- Connell Foley’s John D. Cromie, Mark L. Fleder, Peter J. Smith, and Michael A. Shadiack presented at AGC of NJ & NJAPA “2009 Legal Issues” Seminar on June 9, 2009 in Edison, New Jersey. The seminar’s luncheon speaker was Rick Hammer, New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Assistant Commissioner, who discussed the status of the current Stimulus Program.

Mr. Cromie spoke on the new False Claims Act and its impact on contractors performing New Jersey State work. John D. Cromie is Chairman of the firm’s Corporate and Business Law group and is a member of the Construction Law group. He regularly counsels construction clients on business law issues.

Mr. Fleder discussed current bid issues affecting the New Jersey construction industry on all fronts. Discussed at length were wholesale rejection of all bids by owners and recurring bid submission errors made by contractors. Mr. Fleder also noted, with examples, the errors contained within bid forms and the detailed plans and specifications leading the team to a variety of legal problems. Mark L. Fleder is the Co-Chair of the firm’s Construction Law group and a member of the Commercial Litigation practice group.

Mr. Smith addressed the recent changes to the EJCDC, AIA, and Consensus construction documents and compared the different provisions set forth in them for presentation of contractor claims due to differing site conditions. Peter J. Smith is Co-Chair of the firm’s Construction Law group and a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution group.

Mr. Shadiack provided practical compliance advice on: New Jersey Paid Family Leave Law, Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Employee Free Choice Act, the new regulations under the Family and Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, the new federal immigration compliance procedures, and the COBRA subsidies under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Mr. Shadiack is a member of the Labor and Employment Law group.

For the past 30 years, the firm has served as general counsel to the Associated General Contractors of New Jersey. The Associated General Contractors of New Jersey is a statewide association of general and specialty contractors involved in heavy and highway construction, site development and utility contracting on public and private projects. It is one of 96 state chapters all belonging to Associated General Contractors of America, the largest national construction association in the nation.

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