By D. Jeffrey Craven This is part 1 of a two part article originally published in the August/September 2013 edition of Hardwood Floors Magazine. Since the Nixon era, the plain-language movement has gained momentum, attempting to remove legalese from the law and from “legal” writing. “Legalese” is both the use of old (archaic) terminology or…

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By D. Jeffrey Craven Originally published in the June/July 2013 edition of Hardwood Floors Magazine. By now, most of us have heard of the infamous “SB1070,” a law enacted in Arizona in 2007 that addressed compliance with immigration laws, particularly for employers. This law was bemoaned by minority groups as discriminatory, and by employers for…

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By D. Jeffrey Craven Originally published in the April/May 2013 edition of Hardwood Floors Magazine. License requirements vary from state to state, so the question “Do I need to be licensed?” isn’t easy to answer. In some states, like Wyoming, New York and Florida, licensure is handled at the local level. Some states have virtually…

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By D. Jeffrey Craven Originally Published in the December 2012/January 2013 Edition of Harwood Floors Magazine. Hazardous materials are aplenty on the wood flooring job site. Some of them, like asbestos, lead, mold and PCBs, may already be present on a job site when doing remodeling work. Others, like VOCs, isocyanates and other potential irritants,…

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By D. Jeffrey Craven Originally Published in the April/May 2012 Edition of Hardwood Floors Magazine. Many wood flooring contractors work out of their house. There is nothing wrong with this—when most of your time is spent out in the field, there is no sense in paying overhead for an office seldom used. Just because your…

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By D. Jeffrey Craven Originally published in the February / March 2012 Edition of Hardwood Floors Magazine. Since 2009, Democrats in Congress along with the Obama Administration—looking for a way to capture more tax revenue—have been attempting to repeal or modify Section 530 of the Revenue Act of 1978. Essentially, Section 530 provides a “safe…

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By D. Jeffrey Craven Originally published in the December 2011/January 2012 edition of Hardwood Floors Magazine. Warranties can be a tricky thing for contractors. If you are installing a product, ordinarily the product manufacturer warrants the product as being free from defects. As the installer of that product, you are typically only responsible for your…

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By D. Jeffrey Craven Originally Published in the October/November 2011 edition of Hardwood Floors Magazine. As a construction litigation attorney, I have seen just about everything that can go wrong with a contract. Unfortunately, most contractors pay little attention to their contracts. In fact, they often never read a contract and assume protections exist that…

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By D. Jeffrey Craven Originally published in the August/September 2011 edition of Hardwood Floors Magazine. Specialty trades like flooring contractors are often at the mercy of big commercial contractors, large tract home contractors, or custom homebuilders. With the downturn of the economy, many of these larger contractors have gone under, sometimes leaving the flooring contractor…

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By D. Jeffrey Craven Originally published in the June/July 2011 edition of Hardwood Floors Magazine. Wood floor guys are pretty good with the tools of their trade. However, there are certain tools in the business side of contracting that are often overlooked and misunderstood. One of the better tools for protecting the contractor’s right to…

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