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Change Orders Webinar, Tuesday, May 8

Learn best practices regarding the all-too-common change order “dance,” how to come out a winner and even make a profit in “Change Orders.” Presenter Joe L. Katz, Esq., Huddles Jones Sorteberg & Dachille, P.C., will share legal secrets that general contractors don’t want you to know. Event Details

ASA and AGC Officers Discuss Top Industry and Public Policy Issues

During an April 6 meeting in New York City, national officers of the Associated General Contractors of America and ASA discussed top industry and public policy issues, including workforce shortages, price volatility in construction materials, prefabrication in construction, design delegation, and how the two groups can collaborate to increase the use of ConsensusDocs in the … READ MORE

ASA Model Documents Can Help Subs Deal with Price Volatility

With the uncertainty of materials prices roiling the construction industry, subcontractors need to take steps to protect their companies. The cost of construction materials already is outpacing inflation, rising 3.8 percent between January 2017 and January 2018. The Trump Administration’s tariffs on steel, aluminum and other construction materials also add to the volatility. Documents included … READ MORE


Mark your calendar for the premier education and networking event for construction subcontractors and suppliers – SUBExcel 2019. The event will take place Mar. 6-9, 2019 in Nashville, TN. Details will be announced in the coming months.

ASA Introduces Statutory Bond Checklist for Subcontractor Advocates

On virtually all public construction in the United States, the principal form of payment protection for those supplying labor and materials arises under the public work bonds statutes, commonly known as “Little Miller Acts.” The common description belies the fact that there may be significant differences among the bonding statutes in the different states. (See … READ MORE


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


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


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