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Firms face massive holiday pay bill after legal case

4 Nov 14 | By Vern Pitt

Employment tribunal ruling means employees are entitled to overtime pay while on holiday

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Crane drivers set for three days of strikes

3 Nov 14 | By Allister Hayman

HTC crane drivers agree three days of strike action that will disrupt major sites including Network Rail’s London bridge redevelopment

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Thames 'super-sewer' hit with two legal challenges

27 Oct 14 | By Vern Pitt

Judicial review applications have the potential to delay the project with legal wrangling

Construction urged to to crack down on modern slavery

27 Oct 14 | By Allister Hayman

Home Office publishes figures showing there were more than 50 victims of modern slavery working in construction last year

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Appointments

Barry  Coltrini

Construction appointments: 21 November 2014

21 Nov 14

Cundall , Essential Living and Colt are among the firms announcing promotions and appointments this week

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Salary surveys

Contractors' salary survey 2014

Contractors' salary survey 2014: The only way is up

2 Oct 14

Construction’s recovery was always going to bring higher wages and the upward pressure on salaries is almost countrywide

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Legal

Kirstin Bardel

NEC3: Awareness is preparedness

19 Nov 14 | By Kirstin Bardel

Like most contracts, the NEC3 contract deals with risks and might present some too

Rudi Klein

Retentions: On the money

18 Nov 14 | By Rudi Klein

What happens to cash retentions if the contractor goes bust and there is no provision in the contract stating that the money was to be held in trust?

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Clone traders

14 Nov 14 | By Aine McCartney, Mark Owen

Apple has won a European court ruling that dramatically widens the scope for retailers to trade-mark their store layouts. But what are the implications for designers?

Ian Yule

Design obligations: Much obliged

12 Nov 14 | By Ian Yule

If a contract contains a clause requiring reasonable care and skill and another stating strict design obligations, can once cancel out the other?

Jeffrey Brown

Insurance Bill: Devil in the detail

5 Nov 14 | By Jeffrey Brown

The Insurance Bill should put an end to ‘basis of contract’ clauses that allow an insurer to avoid liability if a statement in the proposal form is incorrect

Robert Marchbank

Office to resi: Fail to prepare, prepare to fail

4 Nov 14 | By Robert Marchbank

A permanent relaxation of planning restrictions for office to residential conversions would be an attractive concept for developers. But they must be aware of the pitfalls of the process

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CPD

Reynaers choose its CW 86 unitised curtain walling system for its own head office in Duffel, Belgium

CPD 31 2014: Introduction to unitised curtain walling

24 Oct 14

The latest in our CPD series considers the importance of unitised curtain walling, design considerations as well as legislation and testing issues. This module is sponsored by Reynaers Aluminium

Model by BIMTechnologies

CPD 30 2014: Ensuring data accuracy on BIM projects

15 Oct 14

The latest module in our CPD series considers the importance of consistent, accurate data in the BIM process, and the key role played by manufacturers in providing it. This module is sponsored by British Gypsum

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CPD 29 2014: Radiant heating and cooling panels

7 Oct 14

Radiant panels can be used as an alternative to traditional convectors to heat and cool buildings. This module, sponsored by Zehnder, examines their benefits, design considerations and most common applications

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Careers

Malaysia

South-east Asian construction economies: Chasing tigers

6 Nov 14

China and India may be the big beasts of the East but UK construction would do well to train its sights on South-east Asia where huge untapped potential lies waiting

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Good Employer Guide 2014: Results analysis

24 Oct 14

With recruitment and retention once again critical issues for the industry, here’s how this year’s top 50 employers are luring and keeping hold of key staff

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Good Employer Guide 2014: A focus on staff wellbeing

24 Oct 14

Mental health issues can be difficult to detect in the workplace - which means they can also be easy to ignore. But as this year’s guide shows, the best employers are those that are ready and able to heed the warning signs

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Student

The Beacon Centre in Blackburn

First Impressions: DLA's Beacon Centre

Building’s student panel from Nottingham Trent share their thoughts on the building in Blackburn

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