Social distancing measures and lockdowns have been replicated across the globe and have brought world economies to all time lows. Understandably, there is now a degree of anxiety to getting back to work. The longer the lockdown goes on for, the harder the bounce back may be. Unsurprisingly murmurings of getting the country back to work are beginning to surface. Some manufacturers and building firms that shut down are now slowly preparing to return to work from a state of hibernation.
In an industry of seemingly ever-tighter margins across the board, it is perhaps unsurprising that the construction industry has fought to continue through the current coronavirus crisis as much as it has. However, many in the industry have stopped work and shut down sites and, despite the current and perhaps somewhat over-optimistic view from the government that work can continue whilst still complying with social distancing rules, it seems inevitable that all non-essential work will stop very soon.
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Contractors should take steps that are suitably appropriate to manage the spread of Covid-19 first and foremost.
They are being urged to achieve between themselves and their employers an approach to coronavirus-related issues that is fair to both parties and avoids disputes down the line.
Guidance on NEC contractual matters came from UK-based lawyers working for the American legal firm Duane Morris. Continue reading “COVID-19 Based Contractual Rows Not Inevitable, Claim Lawyers”