Pennsylvania Employment Verification Act Requires Contractors to Verify Employment Eligibility

The use of illegal immigrants in construction is not uncommon, and states are beginning to crack down on the practice.  In so doing, statutes are being passed, or enforced, which require contractors (employers) to verify the eligibility of the people they hire.  In Pennsylvania, the recently signed Public Works Employment Verification Act, which is effective […]

Pennsylvania: Court Rules that Construction Loans may be Subordinate to Mechanics Liens

In the Pennsylvania Superior Court case (Commerce Bank v. Kessler), the court held that an open-end mortgage recorded after commencement of construction on the mortgaged property does not have statutory priority over a subsequently recorded mechanic’s lien unless all of the proceeds of the loan are used to pay the costs of completing erection, construction, […]