Coronavirus-related construction shutdowns, restrictions in the US | Government contractors can proactively address risks by reviewing contracts | Send project delay notices now, open communications about coronavirus' impact
March 25, 2020
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A law firm is offering a list of construction shutdowns in the US that it is updating as the coronavirus pandemic causes disruption in the industry. Last week, Boston put all public and private construction projects on hold and allowed a week for securing sites, and only skeleton crews are allowed onsite for safety purposes for the duration of the suspension.
Full Story: JD Supra/Foley & Lardner (3/23) 
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Federal contractors should be proactive about checking contracts for excusable delay provisions or changes clauses that can offer relief if work is interrupted because of the coronavirus pandemic, three attorneys write. "When an excusable delay occurs, unless the government decides to terminate the contract for its convenience, the contractor will be required to resume contract performance once the cause for the excusable delay has ended or is removed," they write.
Full Story: Bloomberg Law (free content) (3/23) 
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Send project delay notices now, open communications about coronavirus' impact
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Contractors affected by the coronavirus pandemic need to send a delay notice right away to open communications with the contracting party, an attorney writes. Important steps include following any requirements for how the notice must be sent, explaining contractual grounds and outlining the effects on project performance, he writes.
Full Story: The National Law Review/Pierce Atwood (3/17) 
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Insurance agents should ensure they are familiar with products' "unique or most used benefits" and educate clients about how those products can meet their needs during the coronavirus outbreak, a sales training expert writes. Blogs, YouTube channels and social media business pages are valuable avenues through which agents can share such information, he writes. After logging in, NASBP members can access the Producer Communications Toolkit from the NASBP Be Guaranteed to Succeed microsite.
Full Story: ThinkAdvisor (free registration) (3/20) 
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Risk & Compliance
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act includes provisions requiring most small businesses between 25 and 500 employees to provide paid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, as well as paid sick leave. Small businesses with fewer than 50 employers can seek an exemption if the law's requirements would threaten business viability.
Full Story: HR Dive (3/23) 
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Association News
NASBP Blog: COVID-19 impacts on federal contracts: Confirming acceptability of performance delays
NASBP Blog: COVID-19 impacts on federal contracts: Confirming acceptability of performance delays
Robbins (NASBP)
This uncertain situation of the coronavirus pandemic leaves sureties wondering how to verify whether a contractor's delay is acceptable to the government or a risk of loss. David Robbins, partner, Crowell & Moring, and leader in government contracts and False Claims Act practices at his firm, explains what surety industry participants might want to request and prepare the principals to provide. Read more.
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April 1 NASBP Virtual Seminar: Force Majeure: Navigating the Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on Contract Performance Obligations
April 1 NASBP Virtual Seminar: Force Majeure: Navigating the Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on Contract Performance Obligations
Holley, left, and Niesley (NASBP)
Don't miss the NASBP Virtual Seminar presented by attorneys Robert Niesley and Colin Holley of Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald. Join us at 2 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, April 1, for "Force Majeure: Navigating the Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on Contract Performance Obligations." As the tragic and devastating impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continue to mount and as the government and private sectors ramp up efforts to address the spread of the disease, we are seeing disruption of construction projects on a massive scale. Niesley and Holley will discuss the doctrine of force majeure, the legal theory, the contractual reality, common law alternatives, and strategies to assert or not assert force majeure as a defense to nonperformance. Register for this stand-alone NASBP Virtual Seminar or register for the NASBP 2020 Virtual Seminar Annual Subscription, the entire set of Virtual Seminars for 2020, and save! This Virtual Seminar is sponsored by Old Republic Surety. Register.
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New episode of NASBP "Let's Get Surety" podcast reveals value of social media in surety
New episode of NASBP "Let's Get Surety" podcast reveals value of social media in surety
Zukanovic, left, and Etemadi (NASBP)
NASBP's podcast "Let's Get Surety: Let Me Hear Your Bonding Talk" is back with a new episode! In "Social Media and Surety: Stories from the Field," host Kat Shamapande and co-host Mark McCallum talk with Construction Bonds Inc.'s Joshua Etemadi and Edin Zukanovic. They share their experiences using social media as a business tool for their agency, offering that social media platforms are a great place to build brand awareness and relationships and to get referrals. They also suggest making sure to share about value-added topics and to be consistent with your company's social media presence. Access this and other "Let's Get Surety" episodes from any of these systems: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or SuretyLearn. Be guaranteed to succeed!
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Trends & Technology
The coronavirus pandemic is likely to have increasing effects on all areas of construction and lead to claims and litigation, an attorney says. Among the issues that are likely to arise are timely performance and worker protection, he says.
Full Story: GlobeSt (free registration) (3/16) 
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