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ASA INTRODUCES NEW WHITE PAPER ON CONTINGENT PAYMENT

Observers of the construction industry have seen companies go bankrupt, or go through torturous downsizings, layoffs and disputes, because of slow payment and nonpayment by customers. One cause of such difficulties is the contingent payment clause. In addition to the economic damage pay-if-paid clauses cause, they also raise serious legal and ethical questions in business. … READ MORE

SUBExcel in Tempe, AZ is Two Weeks Away!

SUBExcel 2018 is the premier education and networking event for construction subcontractors and suppliers. This year’s event will take place in Tempe, AZ. If you haven’t signed up, get that done quickly to ensure you get a slot! Event Details

ASA Payment Script Teaches Negotiation Skills

ASA’s Negotiating the Payment Clause: A Script is a case study designed to help ASA members improve their ability to negotiate better subcontracts. The Script illustrates through everyday language how to negotiate more equitable payment terms. “Subcontractors have little opportunity to observe how a negotiation with a prime contractor might proceed,” said Brian Cubbage, contracts … READ MORE

WATCH SPRING BASEBALL AT SUBEXCEL IN TEMPE, AZ

Tickets are still available for the Spring training baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, March 3. Tickets are $60/each and include a buffet meal. Tickets are sold separately and are NOT included with registration. Transportation to/from the game is on your own. Quantities are limited, so order your tickets … READ MORE

SUBExcel in Tempe, AZ

SUBExcel 2018 is the premier education and networking event for construction subcontractors and suppliers. Join us Feb. 28 – March 3, 2018, at the Tempe Mission Palms for ASA’s national annual convention, the premier education and networking event for construction subcontractors and suppliers. Why You Should Attend • High-energy speakers. • Top-notch business education programs … READ MORE

ASA WEBINAR: DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ‘EXTRA WORK’ AND ‘ADDITIONAL WORK’

Most construction contracts have change order provisions that require a written change order signed by the general contractor (identifying the work and the change in contract price for the additional work) in order for the subcontractor to get paid for doing work beyond the scope of the contract. Sometimes there is disagreement about whether the … READ MORE

EXAMINE ‘INDEMNITY AND HOLD HARMLESS’ IN JAN. 9 ASA WEBINAR

Eric Travers, Esq., The most important contract issue facing subcontractors is the extent to which risks inherent in the construction process—property damage, personal injury, liquidated damages, design or construction defects, etc.—are transferred from the upper tiers to subcontractors, said Lee B. Brumitt, Dysart Taylor Cotter McMonigle & Montemore, P.C., Kansas City, Mo. “Risk transfer” to … READ MORE

Learn How to Get Better Subcontracts in Feb. 13 ASA Webinar

Eric Travers, Esq., Kegler, Brown, Hill and Ritter, ASA’s general counsel, will explain how to negotiate fairer, and better, subcontracts in the Feb. 13 ASA webinar, “Getting Better Subcontracts.” “It is a reality for subcontractors that on most jobs they will be asked to sign, often on short notice and with little time to consider … READ MORE

ASA LAUNCHES WEBSITE FOR THE CONTRACTORS COMPASS

WHAT HAS ASA DONE FOR YOU LATELY? The Contractor’s Compass is a monthly educational journal designed to equip construction subcontractors and specialty trade contractors with the knowledge they need to prosper. Through the new website, you can find the current articles from the monthly e-news journal as well as back issues. The Contractors Compass Online … READ MORE

ASA RELEASES NEW FAQ ON RETAINAGE

Retainage, the holding of funds from a contractor until the completion of a contract, is a serious problem in the construction industry. Because of retainage, many contractors and subcontractors do not receive funds they already have earned for work properly performed. Contractors and subcontractors frequently are asked to act as bankers, financing in addition to … READ MORE

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