From the Chairs
Our newsletter, Construction OberView, is changing, starting with this issue. First, you will see that the publication is becoming more timely. The two articles in this issue could not be more current. The first article contains tips for navigating our troubled economic waters. The second concerns the upcoming changes by the government in the employment verification rules and forms. Hopefully, you will find these and future articles to be of strong interest and use to you.
In addition, Construction OberView will be coming your way more often. We plan to publish every other month; in lieu of each quarter.Click to continue...
Timely Tips for Tough Times
By: Paul S. Sugar and Jay Bernstein*
In light of current economic challenges, now more than ever it behooves contractors and subcontractors to do everything possible to minimize risks, and to maximize recoveries. For some, this means continuing to implement practices and procedures that are already in place; for others, the times may demand new practices and heightened vigilance. Either way, it bears recalling a few simple steps which, if followed, can save you headaches, and your company serious money.
Read the Contract. Before submitting your bid, it is critical to carefully read the contract not only to ensure that your price accurately reflects the scope of the work, but to identify any obvious inconsistencies or ambiguities in the contract and bring them to the attention of the owner. On government contracts, the failure to identify a patent ambiguity pre-award will bind the contractor to the government's interpretation and preclude any recovery for additional costs arising from the contractor's contrary interpretation.Click to continue...
Final Rule Amending I-9 Form Delayed; Government Gives Public 30 More Days to Comment
By: Sylvia Ontaneda-Bernales*
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has delayed until April 3, 2009, the implementation of an interim Final Rule that amends documents acceptable for Employment Eligibility Verification.
Employers were slated to start using the amended version for all new hires and re-verifications no later than February 2. Following this date, using the previous June 5, 2007 edition of the I-9 form would have resulted in the potential for fines.
The assumption is that employers may continue to use the old version of the I-9 form, indicated by "Rev. 06/05/07" in the lower right of the form, and accept documents listed on that version, until the new form takes effect in April.Click to continue...
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