HLG News & Updates

  • New Residential Construction Statistics for October 2014

    The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development have recently announced new residential construction statistics for October 2014.  According to the data, building permits for privately-owned housing...

  • Multiple Construction Projects Planned for Maryland Universities

    Over the next few years, three of Maryland’s universities are set to have substantial construction projects completed on their campuses.  University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Morgan State University and Towson University...

  • Construction Spending Annual Rates for September 2014

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce, total construction spending for September 2014 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $950.9 billion.  This rate is a decrease of 0.4 percent from the...

  • An Employee’s Right to Certain Unpaid Leave in Maryland

    Many employers are aware of The Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”).  This federal law generally provides that companies who employ 50 or more employees within 75 miles must allow employees who have worked at least...

  • New Residential Construction Statistics for September 2014

    The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development have recently announced new residential construction statistics for September 2014.  According to the data, building permits for privately-owned...

  • Construction Spending Annual Rates for August 2014

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce, total construction spending for August 2014 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $961.0 billion.  This rate is down 0.8 percent from the revised July...

  • Avoiding the Loss from a Miscalculated Bid

    Even experienced general contractors and subcontractors can make a mistake in calculating their price to furnish labor and materials to a project.  The starting presumption is that the risk of such a mistake is on the bidder and the...

  • New Residential Construction Statistics for August 2014

    The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development have recently announced new residential construction statistics for August 2014.  According to the data, building permits for privately-owned housing...

  • Construction Spending Annual Rates for July 2014

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce, total construction spending for July 2014 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $981.3 billion.  This rate is up 1.8 percent from the revised June...

  • What is the tort of fraud in Maryland?

    I frequently hear people misuse the term “fraud” in conversation. It is easy for many people to assume that a fraud is being committed when they feel lied to, cheated or betrayed. When does a lie turn into fraud and how can you tell the...

  • New Residential Construction Statistics for July 2014

    The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development have recently announced new residential construction statistics for July 2014.  According to the data, building permits for privately-owned housing units...

  • Construction Spending Annual Rates for June 2014

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce, total construction spending for June 2014 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $950.2 billion, dropping by 1.8 percent from the revised May estimate...

  • District of Columbia Enacts Construction Prompt Payment Statute

    On August 2, 2013, the Council of the District of Columbia, along with the Mayor of the District of Columbia, enacted legislation known as the “Private Contractor and Subcontractor Prompt Payment Act of 2013” (the “Act”).  The Act has...

  • New Residential Construction Statistics for June 2014

    The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development have recently announced new residential construction statistics for June 2014.  According to the data, building permits for privately-owned housing...

  • Construction Spending Annual Rates for May 2014

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce, total construction spending for May 2014 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $956.1 billion.  This rate is a slight increase of 0.1 percent from the...