Work Suspended – What Can a Contractor Recover

Online /
Apr 19, 2023 /
Course Code: 0404-WEB23

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The rules governing recovery of damages under Suspension of Work clauses have been changing over the past two decades. Recovery of costs and time are no longer to be taken for granted. This webinar explores the operation of the Suspension clause and new court cases that limit recovery of damages.

Why You Should Attend:

Webinar attendees will --

  • Learn what is a suspension of work.
  • The types and typical causes of suspensions.
  • The operation of a suspension clause.
  • What damages are recoverable, and which are not.
  • The current tests of damage recovery.
  •  How contractors protect their rights to recover suspension of work damages.

Description of Topic:

When an owner issues a suspension of work directive is the contractor entitled to recover delay and delay damages? This session examines what damages are typically owed when work is suspended and some limitations of suspension damages. Five court cases setting forth key requirements necessary to collect damages are discussed. Recommendations on what actions contractors should take when work is suspended are provided and why these actions may help owners resolve such claims in the field rather than the courtroom.

Areas Covered In The Webinar:

  • Types and causes of suspensions.
  • Why owners need a suspension clause in contracts.
  • The operation of Suspension clauses.
  • Recoverable damages under Suspension clauses.
  • Limitations on recoverable damages.
  • Some recent court rulings impacting damage recovery.
  • Current tests for recovery of suspension damages.
  • Recommendations for contractors to protect their rights to recover damages.
  • Recommendations for owners to mitigate suspension damages.

Target Audience:

  • Staff personnel involved in preparing and submitting change orders and construction claims.
  • Staff personnel receiving, analyzing, and resolving change requests and construction claims.
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern Time

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System Requirements

PC-based attendees
OS: Windows 7, 8, 10 or newer

IE 11 or later, Edge 12 or later, Firefox 27 or later, Chrome 30 or later

Macintosh based attendees
OS: Mac OS X with MacOS 10.7 or later

Safari 7+, Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+

OS: iOS 8 or newer

OS: Android 4.0 or higher


Jim Zack

Jim is the Senior Advisor to the recently formed Ankura Construction Forum™.

The Forum strives to be the construction industry’s resource for thought leadership and best practices on avoidance and resolution of construction project disputes globally. Jim was the founder and Executive Director of the Navigant Construction Forum™. Formerly he was the Executive Director, Corporate Claims Management Group, Fluor Corporation, one of the world’s largest EPCM contractors. Prior to this Jim was Vice President of PinnacleOne and Executive Director of the PinnacleOne Institute and a Senior Construction Claims Consultant for CH2M HILL, Inc.

He has, for 46 years, worked on both private and public projects throughout the U.S. and in 28 countries abroad. Jim has worked for both contractors and owners on more than 5,000 claims in his career. He a Fellow of AACE International, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the International Guild of Project Controls. In the construction claims field, he is a recognized and published expert in mitigation, analysis and resolution or defense of construction claims and disputes. Jim is a Certified Construction Manager (CCM), a Certified Forensic Claims Consultant (CFCC), and a Project Management Professional (PMP).

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Fee & Credits

$149 + taxes

  • 0.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 2 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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