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By Jennifer Therrien on September 21, 2017 at 12:52 PM

Close up of file folder with one labeled "licenses"The potential ramifications of performing construction without being properly licensed can be severe. Fines and penalties are only the tip of the iceberg. For example, in several states, a contractor that is not properly licensed is precluded from filing a mechanic’s lien. In other states, an unlicensed contractor is precluded from bringing a lawsuit to recover amounts due and owing for its work. California imposes an even harsher punishment — unlicensed contractors may be required to disgorge monies paid for work performed without a license. Finally, several states impose criminal penalties for failure to comply with licensing statutes.

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By Michael Wilson on June 8, 2017 at 3:45 PM

Sign with the words "new rules"Effective Aug. 28, 2017, public entities in Missouri will no longer be permitted to require a project labor agreement (PLA) on a public works project. A PLA typically is signed by the contractor, subcontractor and trade labor unions and sets forth the terms and conditions affecting the employment of labor on a construction project covered by that agreement, including the requirement to utilize labor furnished by the signatory trade unions.

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By William Holthaus, Jr. on March 28, 2017 at 1:35 PM

Image of a man holding a hard hart and wearing a utility beltAn unpaid contractor’s best friend is often the mechanic’s lien statutes, which provide an avenue for the unpaid contractor to apply pressure to the owner or higher-tier contractor for payment. A mechanic’s lien will likely attract attention from the owner’s lenders and potentially motivate the owner to pay the contractor’s unpaid balance. Additionally, in Illinois, a mechanic’s lien can even allow the contractor to foreclose on the property if the lien is left unsatisfied.

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