Guidance on actions Australian tradies can take if their work is delayed by covid pandemic impacts
Updated: Jan 21
This guidance video discusses the actions Australian tradies can take if their work is delayed by covid pandemic impacts. The video is also published online here and on our social media pages.
The guidance video was prepared for TradeBox Australia on Wednesday 19 January 2022 by law practice Aitchison Reid Building and Construction Lawyers, for TradeBox Australia to share with its customers and its market. The guidance video's content is delivered by law practice principal, Fionna C Aitchison Reid.
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Fionna's video notes are set out below:
"In all this pandemic chaos, what can you actually do to protect your business now?
Today, I chatted with one of our clients and heard how the COVID situation has really affected their business. Over half their team has COVID, with another quarter in isolation pending COVID tests. In addition, they have had the nightmare of moving the team so that they could work from home and then having to juggle kids and work.
The last thing she wanted to hear, was what I had to say.
But I wasn’t creating work for the sake of creating work. What I said was about protecting their business from future losses.
Let’s face it, if you can’t work right now, you can’t make money and that of course is going to have a direct effect on your cashflow. But there could be future potential losses too.
How are you going to protect your business from those losses?
Such as breaching your contract, by not completing the work by practical completion.
What I am talking about is protecting your business now, by using the terms in your contract, that are there to help you.
In this video I discuss two potential clauses that could be in your contract and could help you. There could be other clauses. Everything depends on what is in your contract and of course if you choose to take action.
In most cases, these types of clause require that you take a particular action by a particular time.
So, what are you waiting for? Watch my video and then:
start reading those contracts to see if you have any clauses that protect you; AND
make sure that you take the actions you need to within the required time frames.
Best of luck!"