By Bruce Jervis
A work stoppage is a work stoppage, or so it would seem. Regardless of whether the project owner directs a suspension of work or whether the contractor encounters an unexpected problem that brings work to a halt, the result is the same. But, the contract documents frequently make a distinction, so it does matter.
An owner-directed suspension is usually expressly compensable, with the elements of compensation defined in the contract. Delay and disruption of ongoing work may be treated differently. The contract may disclaim owner liability for delay, regardless of cause. Or, the contract may severely limit recovery of delay damages. ... Read more.
Featured in this Week’s Construction Claims Advisor:
- Suspension of Work Distinguished from Standby or Delay
- Contractor Should Have Priced Utility Work Prior to Bid
By Steve Rizer
For contractors and subcontractors performing construction work on state and federal projects that exceed $2,000 in value, what is the best way for them to create certified payroll reports? Should they use Excel spreadsheets? Should they go full bore and invest in construction-specific software? Are handwritten reports really the most economical way to go? In a webinar that WPL Publishing sponsored earlier this month, Sunburst Software Solutions Inc. President Nancy Smyth shared some interesting observations on this topic. To see what she said, click here.