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THE CONTRACTOR’S COMPASS

An Overview of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Worksite Raids and Inspections for Subcontractors Read Article

ASA ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS ON THE TRANSFER OF CASUALTY RISKS

ConsensusDocs documents are the only contracts written by a coalition of more than 40 design and construction industry associations. ASA is a founding member of the ConsensusDocs coalition, which publishes a library of 100-plus contracts and documents. ConsensusDocs remains committed to its project-first philosophy by providing contracts that are written in plain English, incorporate best … READ MORE

Anti-Forum Selection Clauses in the 50 States

No-Cost Benefit for ASA Members Out-of-state prime contractors commonly require their subcontractors to sign forum-selection clauses, arguing that it’s more convenient and less expensive for them to resolve disputes in a jurisdiction of their choice. For example, a prime contractor headquartered in Idaho may place a forum-selection clause in a contract on a project in … READ MORE

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