This is an agreement that can be used to hire a consultant to perform geotechnical
services in connection with a construction project. This document includes a
customizable “Exhibit A” which outlines the full range of services that might be
requested from the geotechnical consultant. Additionally, this agreement provides for
the compensation rate, insurance coverage, and performance protocols. This document
should be used by individuals or other entities that want to hire a geotechnical
consultant to perform services on a construction project.
AGREEMENT FOR GEOTECHNICAL SERVICES
AGREEMENT made as of _________ ____, 200__,
"Owner/Client": [insert Owner/Client name and address]
and the "Consultant": [insert Consultant name and address]
The "Project" is: [describe Project and location]
THIS AGREEMENT FOR GEOTECHNICAL SERVICES ("Agreement"), effective
as of the date set forth above, is between Owner/Client and Consultant, who state and agree as
1. Consultant. By way of a written request for proposals ("RFP"), a copy of which
is attached to Exhibit A, Owner/Client requested that a firm or firms with the qualifications to
meet the requirements of the RFP submit proposals to provide services described in the RFP.
After evaluating the respondents, Owner/Client selected Consultant, and Owner/Client now
wishes to retain Consultant to provide services to Owner/Client in connection with the Project.
Consultant shall perform its services pursuant to this Agreement under the direction and
management of and for the benefit of Owner/Client. Consultant is an independent contractor and
not an agent, servant or representative of Owner/Client. Consultant will have no authority
legally to obligate Owner/Client except as specified in this Agreement or as otherwise specified
in writing by Owner/Client from time to time. The "Consultant Representative" for purposes of
this Agreement is designated above.
2. Scope of Services; Work Authorizations; Project Standards. Exhibit A
attached hereto contains the RFP which outlines the full range of services that Owner/Client
might request from Consultant (the "Services"). However, Owner/Client will request particular
Services from Consultant only on the basis of work authorizations mutually agreed by the
parties. This Agreement is intended as a master agreement that defines the basic commercial
terms under which Consultant will provide services within the general scope outlined in Exhibit
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A and how Owner/Client will make payment for those services. The scope and pricing for each
set of specific Services shall be agreed upon and set forth in a written work authorization for
such specific Services.
To the extent set forth in a particular work authorization, Owner/Client shall provide available
information regarding requirements for the Project including anticipated building, structure and
ancillary facilities' location, size, and scope, and Consultant shall assist Owner/Client in
identifying and determining the scope of necessary investigation and reporting and developing
the scope of services for a particular work authorization. Because Consultant is the expert in
geotechnical matters, Owner/Client will be relying on Consultant’s professional judgment in
developing the scope of Services for work authorizations as being the scope of services
necessary to perform an adequate and complete subsurface and seismicity investigation and to
develop recommendations for the design of safe and economical foundation systems.
To the extent authorized in a particular work authorization, Consultant shall perform a qualified
geotechnical subsurface investigation and provide a complete report of its investigation and
recommendations concerning foundations and structures to be located at the Project site.
Consultant represents and warrants that it is knowledgeable and is qualified to perform these
activities for the type of buildings, structures, and ancillary facilities of this Project, and is
familiar with all applicable codes and regulations that might affect its investigation, analysis and
Consultant's Services include coordination with Owner/Client and its consultants and
contractors. Consultant shall request any information that is necessary for the prompt and
efficient performance of Services. Consultant's Services are to be performed within such spatial
limits as are agreed upon. Consultant shall be solely responsible for the proper performance of
its Services regardless of any review or approval of Owner/Client, or any other design
professional or consultant on the Project. Consultant's Services shall be performed in accordance
with the Performance Protocols described in Exhibit D.
Owner/Client is relying upon Consultant for the technical and professional adequacy of all
Services provided by Consultant. Consultant shall provide all Services in accordance with the
standards of geotechnical consultants in metropolitan areas of [Insert geographic areas]
experienced in projects similar to this Project.
3. Pre-Existing Investigations, Surveys. Owner/Client shall furnish any pre-
existing reports and professional recommendations of soils, geotechnical, environmental, and
other engineers or professionals for use by Consultant and Subconsultants (defined below), to the
extent such items are available and in Owner/Client's possession. Also, to the extent called for
by the scope of the Project, Owner/Client shall furnish a legal description and all existing and
available land surveys of the Project site and available record drawings. All the foregoing
documents shall be for Consultant's information only and Owner/Client makes no representation
or warranty concerning the suitability or accuracy of these documents.
4. Submittals. Consultant shall document the results of all tests and investigations
in a format approved by Owner/Client. Consultant shall deliver copies of all subsurface
investigation reports, together with any of the underlying data that may be requested by
Owner/Client or any of Owner/Client's consultants involved in the Project.
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5. Safety. Consultant shall take all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of the
public and workers on the job and to prevent accidents or injury to any persons on, about, or
adjacent to the premises where Consultant's Services are being performed. Consultant shall
comply with applicable laws, ordinances, codes, rules and regulations relative to safety and the
prevention of accidents.
6. Time of Performance. The term for a particular set of Services shall be set forth
in the applicable work authorization. Consultant shall commence its Services immediately upon
receipt of a signed copy of this Agreement and a written work authorization and shall continue
until the scope described in each work authorization is completed or until this Agreement is
terminated. Consultant agrees to perform its Services continuously, diligently, and energetically,
and to complete the Services in accordance with the Project schedule provided by Owner/Client.
Time is of the essence of this Agreement.
7. Further Work. If, during the course of the Services, Consultant discovers any
fact or condition which would lead Consultant to recommend further analysis, testing, evaluation
or other services beyond the scope of the outstanding work authorizations, Consultant shall
contact Owner/Client to discuss Consultant's findings and recommendations and give an estimate
of the cost of such further work. Owner/Client may authorize Consultant to perform such
additional work only by providing written direction to Consultant specifying the work to be
performed and the maximum additional fee to be added to the amount authorized in the work
authorization. Consultant shall not be responsible or liable for any costs, damages, claims or
other consequences to the extent arising out of Owner/Client's decision not to accept Consultant's
recommendation for further work.
8. Subconsultants; Employees.
(a) Consultant shall not contract with or otherwise engage, employ or utilize any
consultants, contractors, or other third parties (any such, a "Subconsultant") in connection with
any Services without Owner/Client's prior written consent in each instance. Consultant shall
furnish Owner/Client with a list of Subconsultants proposed to be used on the Project prior to
commencing Services under a particular work authorization, and shall promptly notify
Owner/Client of proposed changes to such list. Neither use of a Subconsultant by Consultant,
shall relieve Consultant of its obligations under this Agreement. Consultant shall be responsible
to Owner/Client for the acts and omissions of its employees and Subconsultants, and their agents
and employees. The terms, conditions, and provisions of the Consultant's agreement with each
Subconsultant shall be subject and subordinate to, and not inconsistent with, the terms,
conditions and provisions of this Agreement. Nothing contained herein shall create any
relationship of contract or agency between Owner/Client and any Subconsultant. Consultant's
obligation to pay its Subconsultants is independent from Owner/Client's obligation to pay
Consultant for Services; Owner/Client shall have no obligation to pay or enforce payment to
Subconsultants. For purposes of Consultant's obligations and responsibilities under this
Agreement, reference to "Consultant" shall be deemed to bind every Subconsultant of any tier,
unless the context specifically requires otherwise.
(b) Each work authorization shall include a staffing plan from Consultant indicating
the persons and corresponding titles who will perform the Services under such work
authorization, together with an estimate of their hours allocated to the work authorization. Any
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changes to such staffing plan require advance notice to Owner/Client. Consultant shall employ
individuals for the Project to whom Owner/Client has no reasonable objection. In the event
Owner/Client has a reasonable objection to any employee performing Services, it shall notify
Consultant, which shall promptly cause the individual to be removed from the Project and
replace same with an unobjectionable employee at no cost to Owner/Client.
9. Compensation; Documentation. Compensation for Consultant's performance of
the Services shall be as set forth in Exhibit B and in the applicable work authorization, payable
monthly in proportion to the Services performed within each phase (or subphase) of Services (if
a work authorization provides for phases).
Subject to the amounts setforth in the work authorization, Consultant will be reimbursed
for reasonable, necessary and out-of-pocket expenses (collectively, "Reimbursable Expenses"),
which will be invoiced at direct cost, including but not limited to the following: (a) copying
expenses, printing and plotting, and other office-related expenses; (b) long-distance telephone
calls, faxes, and similar communication expenses; (c) postage, courier, and express mail costs;
(d) out-of-town travel to and from Sacramento, including transportation and lodging and the per
diem expenses referenced in the "Travel Policy" attached to Exhibit B; and (e) other expenses
approved in writing by Owner/Client prior to being incurred by Consultant. Travel expenses
need to comply with the Travel Policy to be Reimbursable Expenses.
Consultant shall bill Owner/Client monthly for Services performed and Reimbursable
Expenses incurred. The bill shall itemize and describe the Services performed, identify
personnel performing the Services and the time expended (for Services compensated on a time
and expenses basis), and any Reimbursable Expenses, with appropriate documentation of all of
the foregoing attached thereto. Within ten (10) calendar days after receipt of each such invoice,
Owner/Client shall verify the accuracy of the amounts shown on same, correct the value or
values where appropriate, and notify Consultant of any changes or disagreements. Provided that
Consultant delivers a properly completed, documented invoice to Owner/Client, payment of
undisputed amounts will be due twenty (20) days from Owner/Client's receipt of such invoice; if
invoices are untimely, incomplete or improperly documented, then payment may be delayed until
the thirtieth day after Owner/Client receives a properly completed, documented invoice.
Consultant agrees to provide any supporting documentation for each invoice which Owner/Client
reasonably requests. Upon request, Consultant shall provide an executed statutory form of lien
waiver and release with each invoice and upon receipt of final payment as a condition to
payment. Any payment made hereunder prior to completion and acceptance of the Services shall
not be construed as evidence of acceptance of any part of Consultant's Services.
The Project is a public work for purposes of Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 1720)
of Part 7 of Division 2 of the Labor Code. Accordingly, Consultant and the Subconsultants shall
comply with Chapter 1 of Part 7 of Division 2 of the Labor Code, including the obligation to pay
prevailing wages and certify payrolls.
For a period of four years following substantial completion of the Project, Consultant
shall maintain full and accurate records and books of account necessary to document: (a) all
activities undertaken by or on behalf of Consultant (including by its agents and Subconsultants)
in the course of performing Services hereunder; and (b) all charges, expenses and disbursements
incurred by Consultant, its agents or Subconsultants in performing Services hereunder.
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Consultant will promptly make such books and records available to Owner/Client during normal
business hours upon prior written request.
10. Certification. Upon completion of Services and as a condition for final payment,
Consultant shall provide Owner/Client with appropriate certification (including reports) that
Services are complete and accurate, and that Owner/Client and its consultants and contractors,
together with applicable governmental agencies having jurisdiction, are entitled to rely thereon.
11. Insurance. Exhibit C sets forth certain insurance requirements and is
incorporated herein. However, Owner/Client is exploring the desirability of instituting a
consolidated insurance program (“CIP”) for the Project in which Owner/Client and certain of its
contracting parties would participate. If Owner/Client elects to institute a CIP and require
Consultant's participation, the CIP will then define the terms and conditions of insurance
coverage and would substitute for Exhibit C. To the extent that a CIP does not provide for
certain insurance coverages necessary for the Project, the provisions of Exhibit C relating to such
non-provided coverages shall apply. Consultant agrees that at all times during the life of this
Agreement, it shall maintain at its own cost those insurance coverages required by this
12. Indemnification. Consultant shall, with respect to all services which are covered
by or incidental to this Agreement, indemnify, defend, and hold Owner/Client and Additional
Indemnified Parties, as identified in Exhibit C, harmless from and against any and all claims,
liability, loss, damage, costs or expenses, including reasonable attorneys' fees, awards, fines or
judgments, resulting from death or bodily injury to persons, injury to property or other loss,
damage or expense, but only to the extent caused by or arising from Consultant’s negligent
provision of Services or willful misconduct.
13. Waiver of Consequential Damages. Neither Owner/Client nor Consultant shall
be liable to the other for any consequential, indirect or special damages in connection with this
14. Dispute Resolution. Unless otherwise agreed in writing by the parties, no
dispute shall interfere with the prompt performance of their respective obligations under this
Agreement. Notwithstanding a dispute, Consultant shall continue to perform its Services, and
Owner/Client shall continue to make payment of all undisputed amounts in accordance with the
provisions of the Agreement.
(a) In the event of a dispute regarding the scope of work or interpretation of this
Agreement, or any other claims or controversy between Owner/Client and Consultant, the parties
agree to have their project representatives meet and attempt to resolve the disagreement as early
and quickly as practicable. If the parties’ project representatives are unable to resolve the
dispute, either party may request a meeting of senior management representatives. Such meeting
shall be commenced within seven (7) days after the meeting request for the express purpose of
openly sharing information concerning the dispute and attempting in good faith to resolve the
(b) Any claims, disputes or controversies arising out of, or in relation to the
interpretation, application or enforcement of this Agreement, and not resolved by the meetings
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described above, shall be submitted to non-binding mediation prior to the initiation of any suit or
other litigation. The cost of the mediation shall be split equally between both parties. This
agreement to mediate shall be specifically enforceable under the laws of the State of
(c) If mediation is unsuccessful, then either party may commence legal proceedings.
Any dispute between Owner/Client and Consultant pertaining to or arising out of or in
connection with this Agreement or the Project shall be decided by litigation venued exclusively
in a court with subject matter jurisdiction located in [Enter City, County, and State], or other
mutually acceptable location.
(d) The parties agree that to the extent permitted by the contract documents, all third
parties necessary to resolve a claim, dispute or controversy shall be parties to the same dispute
resolution proceeding. To the extent disputes between Owner/Client and Consultant involve, in
whole or in part, disputes between Owner/Client and any design professional or contractor,
Owner/Client shall be entitled either to join Consultant in the proceeding commenced by or
against the design professional or contractor or to a stay of any dispute resolution proceeding
commenced by Consultant pending resolution of the claim with the design professional or
contractor. Consultant shall specifically bind the Subconsultants to the terms of these dispute
15. Default. If Consultant at any time refuses or fails to prosecute the Services in a
proper or timely fashion, or is adjudicated a bankrupt, or files an arrangement proceeding, or
commits any act of insolvency, or makes an assignment for the benefit of creditors without
Owner/Client's written consent, or fails to make prompt payment to persons furnishing labor,
equipment or materials, or becomes delinquent with respect to contributions or payments
required to be made to any employee benefit program or trust, or otherwise fails to perform fully
any and all of the agreements herein contained, Consultant shall be in default. If Consultant fails
to cure the default within five (5) calendar days after written notice thereof, Owner/Client may,
at its sole option, (a) provide any such labor, equipment and materials as may be necessary and
deduct the cost thereof from any money then due or thereafter to become due to Consultant under
this Agreement; or (b) terminate Consultant's right to proceed with the Services. If Owner/Client
elects to terminate, Consultant will deliver to Owner/Client a complete set of the data, documents
and materials previously prepared by Consultant reflecting the current state of preparation,
together (if applicable) with a disc or discs containing the same and will use good faith efforts to
cause an orderly transition to, and will cooperate with on a transitional basis, Owner/Client's new
consulting firm (if any) for the Project engaged to provide similar services. In case of such
default termination, Consultant shall not be entitled to receive any further payment under this
Agreement until the Services are completely finished. At that time, if the unpaid balance of the
amount to be paid under this Agreement exceeds the expenses incurred by Owner/Client in
finishing the Services, such excess shall be paid by Owner/Client to Consultant; but, if such
expense shall exceed such unpaid balance, then Consultant shall promptly pay to Owner/Client
the difference. The expense referred to in the last sentence shall include expenses incurred by
Owner/Client for furnishing materials, for finishing the Services, for reasonable attorneys' fees,
for additional program management or project management expense, and for any damages
sustained by Owner/Client by reason of Consultant's default, plus a markup of 5% general
overhead on any and all of such expenses. If it is determined by litigation, arbitration or
otherwise that a termination by Owner/Client for default was unjustified hereunder, the
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termination shall be deemed a termination for convenience under Section 17 below and
Consultant shall be limited to the remedies in Section 17.
16. Termination for Convenience. Owner/Client shall have the right to terminate
this Agreement at any time in its sole discretion and with or without cause, by written notice to
Consultant. Consultant shall stop work immediately upon receipt of a notice of termination and
promptly deliver to Owner/Client the results of the Services to the date of termination.
Owner/Client will compensate Consultant for Services performed prior to termination; if
Owner/Client elects to terminate this Agreement for its convenience and without cause,
Owner/Client will also reimburse Consultant for documented, reasonable and necessary out-of-
pocket costs actually incurred by Consultant in connection with termination, provided that the
total of all of the foregoing shall not exceed the total compensation provided under all
outstanding work authorizations. Consultant shall not be entitled to any payment for so-called
"lost profit". This right to terminate shall be in addition to, and not in lieu of, any other rights and
remedies Owner/Client may have at law or in equity.
17. Intellectual Property. To the extent Consultant is preparing data, documents or
materials which may be subject to copyright or other intellectual property rights, Owner/Client
shall own such data, documents and materials and is granted those rights whether the Project is
completed or not, and all work product shall be delivered to Owner/Client on the earlier of (i) the
substantial completion of the Services in a work authorization, or (ii) the date of termination of
this Agreement. Consultant shall be deemed to have assigned any intellectual property rights
(including copyrights) in such data, documents and materials to Owner/Client. However,
Consultant may retain a copy of its work product for its files, provided that it not disclose any
18. Notices. All notices required or permitted by this Agreement shall be in writing
and may be accomplished either by personal delivery, first-class regular mail of the United States
Post Office, express delivery by a reputable national carrier, or facsimile transmission with
confirmation of transmission, sent to the party at the address or facsimile number shown in this
Agreement. The written notice shall be effective on the date of receipt.
19. Governing Law; Permits; State Required Terms and Conditions. This
Agreement shall be governed by and construed under the laws of the State of [Insert Name of
State]. The State Required Terms and Conditions attached as Exhibit E (to the extent applicable
to the Services) are incorporated by reference. Consultant shall perform the Services in full
compliance with such terms and any other applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations
in effect at the time the Services are rendered. Consultant shall obtain and pay for all permits,
licenses and certificates of inspection necessary for the execution and completion of the Services.
Also, Consultant will need to comply with any Owner/Client requirements governing access to a
site that is operated by Owner/Client.
20. No Third Party Obligations. Nothing contained in the Agreement shall be
deemed to create a contractual relationship with, or create a cause of action in favor of, any third
party against Consultant or Owner/Client.
21. Prevailing Party Costs. If either party commences any legal proceedings under
or related to this Agreement or the Services, including but not limited to proceedings in
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arbitration or any state, federal or bankruptcy court, the prevailing party shall be entitled to
recover its attorneys’ fees, expert witness’ fees, and all costs of suit, whether or not otherwise
recoverable under the Code of Civil Procedure or the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
22. Entire Agreement; Modification; Waiver. The exhibits attached to this
Agreement are incorporated herein. This Agreement, including its exhibits, constitutes the entire
agreement of the parties and supersedes any and all prior or contemporaneous written or oral
negotiations, correspondence, understandings and agreements between the parties respecting the
subject matter hereof. No supplement, modification or amendment to this Agreement shall be
binding unless executed in writing by both parties. No waiver of any of the provisions of this
Agreement shall be deemed, or shall constitute, a waiver of any other provisions, nor shall any
waiver constitute a continuing waiver. No waiver shall be binding unless executed in writing by
the party making the waiver.
23. Assignment. This Agreement shall be binding upon and shall inure to the benefit
of the parties and their respective permitted successors and assigns. Consultant shall not be
entitled to assign or delegate any of its rights or obligations hereunder without the prior written
consent of Owner/Client. Owner/Client may assign this Agreement to (i) an affiliated entity, or
(ii) to any design-builder performing work for Owner/Client at the Property, at any time and
without Consultant's consent. Owner/Client will promptly provide notice to Consultant of any
such assignment. Upon transfer, all of Owner/Client's rights and obligations under the
Agreement shall be transferred to and will flow directly to the assignee. In the event
Owner/Client assigns to a design-builder, Owner/Client shall be an intended third party
beneficiary of this Agreement. After an assignment of this Agreement, Owner/Client shall have
no further direct obligation to Consultant.
24. Savings Clause. If any provision of this Agreement, or any part thereof, shall be
held to be invalid under any applicable federal, state, municipal or other law, ruling or
regulation, then such provision shall remain in effect to the extent permitted, and the remaining
provisions of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect.
25. Execution. By their signature below, each of the following represent that they
have authority to execute this Agreement and to bind the party on whose behalf their execution is
made. This Agreement may be signed in counterparts, each complete set of which shall
constitute an original.
Printed Name: Printed Name:
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SCOPE OF SERVICES
The general scope of Services is described in the Request for [Qualifications] [Proposals] dated
________ ____, 20__ (attached hereto). The specific scope of Consultant's Services shall be
negotiated and defined in individual work authorizations.
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[Instruction: Describe what terms for compensation are agreed upon generally (e.g., hourly
rates, markup for profit and overhead), and what will be set forth in a work authorization
(e.g., not-to-exceed or lump sum amounts, staff utilized for work authorization)]
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[SAMPLE] TRAVEL POLICY
1.5.6 TRAVEL PROCEDURES
220.127.116.11 Travel Authorization Form
Travel which can be billed to the Owner/Client, such as a trip related to recruiting a senior
level individual, must be authorized by Owner/Client, prior to the first increment of travel
occurring. Use the Travel Authorization Form provided as Attachment 1.5-D.
Request the current negotiated federal rate when making reservations. See Attachment 1.5-
A. If unable to secure the negotiated federal rate, attempt to book lodging at a facility
offering as close to the federal rate as possible. However, if the actual lodging cost exceeds
the federal rate, the excess is not billable to the Project.
Lodging receipts must be provided showing the expense was actually incurred, not just
booked or reserved.
Show each day’s lodging expenses separately.
Separate billable from non-billable (in excess of per diem) lodging expenses.
Show lodging tax separately for each day. Tax is fully billable, and is additional to the
Federal Max Lodging Rate, regardless of amount.
18.104.22.168 Meals and Incidental Expenses
Individual Meals – Meal receipts are not required for individual meals when on travel
status. You may claim actual meal costs, up to the appropriate per diem limit as indicated on
the Meals and Incidental Expense (MI&E) rate sheet. Alcohol is not reimbursable. Even
though receipts do not need to be submitted, maintain itemized individual meal receipts to
support a potential future audit which may be held to determine whether the full per diem
amount is warranted. Do not submit individual meal expenses or per diem for a meal when a
Group Meal was provided.
Group Meals – Itemized meal receipts are required for group meals. Alcohol is not
reimbursable. For group meals, you must include the following:
List of attendees showing affiliations
Meal expense cost limits per person apply. That is, aggregate cost of the group
meal cannot exceed the per diem times the number of attendees.
Certain meals are reimbursable that are not travel-related. Meals brought into an office to
facilitate the continuity of a business meeting are reimbursable, providing you include the
following in the expense report:
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Indicate the purpose of the business meeting
List of attendees showing affiliations
Meal expense cost limits per person apply. That is, aggregate cost of the group
meal cannot exceed the per diem times the number of attendees.
Incidental Expenses - Incidental expenses are generally personal goods such as toothpaste.
These expenses are included in the federal M&IE rate. Alcohol is not reimbursable.
The current IRS rate for business use of a personal vehicle is reimbursable and billable. It
can be found at http://www.irs.gov. The rate is subject to annual adjustment.
Mileage between an employee’s main residence and the employee’s local project office is not
reimbursable. Mileage for business use of a personal vehicle to another work location is
reimbursable and billable only to the extent that the total daily mileage exceeds the
employee’s normal daily personal vehicle mileage to their local office.
The least-cost travel alternative should always be considered before deciding to use a
personal vehicle. Rental cars with unlimited mileage are frequently less expensive than the
use of a personal vehicle.
Travel shall be via the most economical mode in terms of direct expense and time away from
the office. When it is necessary to fly on Owner/Client business, employees will follow their
employer’s normal travel procedure, which normally includes prior written approval by their
supervisor for the specific purpose and duration of the trip.
When advance planning for air travel is possible, flights shall be booked sufficiently in
advance of the departure date to take advantage of reduced pricing.
First class flights are not reimbursable from Owner/Client. Coach class is appropriate for all
Proof of airline expense must be provided in the employee’s expense report. This proof shall
be in the form of a boarding pass or other document showing that the travel actually
occurred, not just that the reservation was made. Receipts from third party travel vendors
such as Expedia or Travelocity are not acceptable forms of proof, therefore, because they
don’t prove that travel actually occurred.
22.214.171.124 Separate Expenses
Separate expenses for the Owner/Client Project from other expenses. That is, do not include
non-Project expenses on the same expense report. Expense reports must be reviewed and
approved by an appropriate person in the submitting firm, according to the firm’s normal
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business practices, prior to submittal for reimbursement. Expense reports which are
submitted without the reviewer’s signature will be returned without further review.
126.96.36.199 Expense Reports
Travel expenses are documented, approved and reimbursed through expense reports. Each
firm working on the Owner/Client Project has a different expense report form. A sample
Expense form is included as Attachment 1.5-C. Employees will follow their own firm’s
procedures for filling out and submitting the form.
Attachment 1.5-A - Federal GSA Domestic Per Diem Rates dated 10-18-07
Attachment 1.5-B - Federal GSA Frequently Asked Questions dated 10-18-07
Attachment 1.5-C – [Example] Expense Report Form dated 4-30-08, 1 page
Attachment 1.5-D – [Sample] Travel Authorization Form dated 4-30-08, 1 page
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Attachment 1.5-A – Federal GSA Domestic Per Diem Rates
[Attach current Federal GSA Domestic Per Diem Rates available at www.irs.gov ]
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Attachment 1.5-B – Federal GSA Frequently Asked Questions
[Attach current Federal GSA Frequently Asked Questions www.irs.gov ]
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Attachment 1.5-C EXAMPLE EXPENSE REPORT FORM
Employee Name: John Doe Emp No 1
Company A Project Name: Owner/Client Proj No 999
Destination: Anywhere USA Dates 2/25-3/04/08
Auto Airline Hotel Hotel Diem Miscellaneous
N N N
Date Gas Rental Park Mi 0.505 Ticket o o Taxes /Meals o Amount Notes/Description
2/25 67 $33.84 285.00 219.00 30.66 59.00 1 Sacramento, CA
5.00 2 Parking - Capital Bldg
2/29 $0.00 219.00 30.66 59.00 4 Monterey, CA (Site visit)
3/1 $0.00 219.00 30.66 59.00 8
3/2 $0.00 109.00 13.08 59.00 12
328.00 13 Team dinner (non Reimb)
3/3 $0.00 109.00 13.08 59.00 16
3/4 302.43 52.50 17 59.00 20
$8.59 21 Airport to Office
35.00 22 Airport Parking
Total $0.00 $302.43 $92.50 $42.43 $285.00 $875.00 $118.14 $682.00 $0.00
Acct 1201 $437.36 1202 1203 1204 1205 1206
Reimbursable to Business Expenses Total $2,069.50
Non Reimbursable Business Expenses Total $328.00
Total Reimbursable Business Expenses $2,397.50
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[Sample] TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION FORM
1 Name of person traveling: __________________________________________________
2 Name of person requesting authorization:
3 Purpose of this trip:
4 Dates travel will occur: _______________________ and ___________________________
5 Is travel billable to Owner/Client?
Yes, provide WA or WO number ______________________________
No, charge to project overhead
Owner/Client Representative Date
7 Distribution after approval and prior to travel occurring
Owner/Client Representative approving form
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[Instruction: Have insurance coverages reviewed by insurance advisor in connection with a
particular project – this is a sample for California only]
A. Prior to Consultant commencing performance of Services, and continuing for a period of at
least three (3) years following completion of Consultant's Services, Consultant shall, at its sole
cost and expense, carry and maintain the following insurance coverages with insurers with an
A.M. Best rating of not less than A, VII, and reasonably acceptable to Owner/Client:
.1 Workers' Compensation; Employer's Liability. Workers' compensation insurance
as required by law and covering all work places involved in this Agreement. and employer's
liability insurance with minimum limits of:
Bodily injury by accident: $1,000,000 each accident
Bodily injury by disease: $1,000,000 policy limit
Bodily injury by disease: $1,000,000 each employee
The workers compensation policy shall be endorsed to include coverage for USL&H benefits if
the Consultant’s employees work in or about navigable waterways.
.2 Commercial General Liability. Commercial general liability insurance written on
ISO form CG 00 01 12 04 or an equivalent form and shall cover liability arising from premises,
operations, independent contractors, products-completed operations, personal and advertising
injury, and liability assumed under an insured contract including the tort liability of another
assumed in a business contract, with limits of not less than:
Each occurrence: $1,000,000
Products and completed operations
aggregate limit: $1,000,000
Personal and advertising injury limit: $1,000,000
General aggregate limit (applicable per-project): $1,000,000
.3 Automobile. Commercial Automobile Liability insurance coverage shall be
written on ISO form CA 00 01, CA 00 05, CA 00 12, CA 00 20, or an equivalent form and shall
apply to any auto including owned, hired, and nonowned autos in the sum not less than
$1,000,000 per accident.
.4 Umbrella Liability. Umbrella liability insurance shall be at least as broad as the
underlying coverage, including but not limited to completed operations and contractual liability,
and shall be written on an occurrence basis in excess of the underlying policies described in
paragraphs .2 and .3 above in an amount not less than:
Each occurrence: $2,000,000
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.5 Professional Liability. Professional liability insurance with limits of liability in
amounts not less than $2,000,000 per claim and $2,000,000 aggregate, insuring Consultant and
all persons for whose acts Consultant may be liable, against any and all liabilities arising out of
or in connection with the negligent acts, errors or omissions of any of the foregoing in
connection with the carrying out of their professional responsibilities for the Project, with a
deductible not more than $50,000. The services provided under this Agreement shall not be
excluded from coverage under such policy and the retroactive date on such policy shall be prior
to the first date upon which Consultant provided services under this Agreement. Such
professional liability policy shall contain no contractual liability exclusion or limitation.
B. The "Additional Indemnified Parties" are Owner/Client, and each of their officers, directors,
venturers, parents, affiliates, subsidiaries and agents, and all shareholders, officers, directors,
employees and managers of same. Contractual liability insurance coverage (commercial general,
umbrella, and auto liability) is required to be maintained and furnished hereunder by Consultant
shall include coverage in respect to the indemnification provision set forth in Section 13 of the
Agreement. (If necessary, the auto policy shall be endorsed to provide contractual liability
coverage equivalent to that provided in the 1990 and later editions of CA 00 01).
C. Owner/Client, (and any other party identified as an Additional Indemnified Party) shall be
named as additional insureds under the commercial general liability insurance, automobile
insurance, and umbrella insurance policies. The additional insured endorsement on the
commercial general liability policy shall include both “on-going operations” and liability arising
from “your work/completed operations” (the equivalent of ISO additional insured endorsement
ISO CG 20 10 10 01 and ISO CG 20 37 10 01 (both are required).
D. Consultant shall, before commencing the Work and thereafter from time to time promptly
upon request of Owner/Client, deliver to Owner/Client certificates of insurance, including copies
of applicable policy endorsements, indicating that Consultant is in compliance with the insurance
requirements set forth herein.
E. Owner/Client shall be notified in writing at least thirty (30) days prior to the effective date of
any cancellation (except 10 days if cancellation is due to non-payment of premium) of or
reduction in limits via endorsement in any required insurance coverages.
F. Consultant's insurance (with the exception of workers compensation and professional
liability) shall be primary, with any insurance maintained by an additional insured party being
non-contributory. Each policy of liability insurance (except professional liability) shall include a
waiver of any rights of subrogation by the insurer against Owner/Client and all additional insured
parties and shall be endorsed to recite the name of the Project and the location of the Project Site.
If the Consultant' liability policies do not contain the standard ISO separation of insureds
condition, or a substantially similar clause, they shall be endorsed to provide cross-liability
G. Owner/Client shall have the right to approve the form and content of Consultant's insurance
policies. Owner/Client reserves the right to periodically review Consultant's insurance policies
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and coverages and require changes to such policies to the extent that said insurance is relevant to
this Agreement. Any additional premiums or other associated costs for such changes shall be at
H. Failure of Owner/Client to demand a certificate of insurance or other evidence of full
compliance with these insurance requirements or failure of Owner/Client to identify a deficiency
from evidence that is provided shall not be construed as a waiver of the Consultant’s obligation
to maintain such insurance.
I. Failure to maintain the required insurance may result in termination of this contract at
Owner/Client’s option. If the Consultant fails to maintain the insurance as set forth herein,
Owner/Client shall have the right, but not the obligation, to purchase said insurance at
J. By requiring insurance herein, Owner/Client does not represent that coverage and limits will
necessarily be adequate to protect Consultant and such coverage and limits shall not be deemed
as a limitation on Consultant’s liability under the indemnities granted to Owner/Client in this
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The following performance protocols shall apply to all Services performed by Consultant,
except to the extent that a more specific or stringent performance requirement is set forth
elsewhere in the Agreement or a work authorization. These Protocols are intended to state
minimum requirements, and if other requirements or good professional judgment requires
Services to be performed in excess of these minimums, then Consultant shall comply with the
higher or more restrictive requirements.
I. SAMPLING AND TESTING
1. If Consultant finds it necessary to change the location or depth of any of
proposed borings, Owner/Client shall be notified and a new location or depth shall be
agreed upon between Owner/Client and Consultant.
2. If unusual conditions are encountered, including but not limited to
unanticipated materials which cannot be penetrated by standard sampling equipment,
Consultant shall immediately make alternative recommendations for completion of its
investigation and consult with Owner/Client.
3. Consultant shall advise Owner/Client in writing as to any further
exploration and testing required to obtain information that Consultant requires for a
professional interpretation of subsoil conditions at the Project site and shall perform such
additional work as authorized by Owner/Client in writing. The extent of exploration
undertaken shall be consistent with the scope of the Project as indicated by the
information given to Consultant by Owner/Client or its consultants or contractors.
B. DRILLING AND SAMPLING METHODS
1. Unless otherwise stipulated, drilling and sampling will be performed in
accordance with current applicable ASTM (American Society of Testing and Materials)
standards and other standards, including but not limited to, ASTM standards D1586,
D1587 and D2113.
2. The samples shall be preserved and field logs prepared either by a
geotechnical engineer or by an experienced soils technician acting under the supervision
of a geotechnical engineer.
C. PROTECTION OF PROPERTY
1. At such times as appropriate under a work authorization, Consultant shall
review all available documents and contact all utility companies for information
regarding buried utilities and structures, shall take all necessary precautions to prevent
damage to property, both visible and concealed, and shall restore the site to the condition
existing prior to the Consultant's entry. Such restoration shall include, but not be limited
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to, backfilling of borings, patching of slabs and pavements, and repair of lawns and
plantings. Each boring should be temporarily plugged, pending additional groundwater
readings. At the completion of the groundwater readings, the borings shall be
permanently plugged, including patching of slabs and pavements.
1. All segments of the reports covering the investigations and analyses shall
be made on white paper, 8 1/2 x 11 inches, suitable for photocopying, and shall be bound
in booklet form.
B. FIELD AND LABORATORY REPORTS
1. All data required to be recorded according to the ASTM standards or other
standard test methods employed shall be obtained, recorded in the field and referenced to
boring numbers; soil shall be classified in the field logs in accordance with applicable
ASTM standards and other standards, including but not limited to, ASTM standard
D2488, but the classification for final logs shall be based on field information, plus
results of laboratory tests, plus further inspection of samples in the laboratory by the
person(s) preparing the reports.
2. To the extent applicable under a work authorization, the report shall:
a. Include a chart illustrating the soil classification criteria and the
terminology and symbols used on the boring logs.
b. Identify the ASTM standards or other recognized standard sampling and
test methods utilized.
c. Provide a plot plan giving dimensioned locations of test borings.
d. Provide vertical sections for each boring, plotted and graphically
presented, showing number of borings, sampling method used, date of start and finish,
surface elevations, description of soil and thickness of each layer, depth to loss or gain of
drilling fluid, hydraulic pressure required or number of blows per foot (N value for each
sample) and, where applicable, depth to wet cave-in, depth to artesian head, groundwater
elevation and time when water reading was made and presence of gases. Note the
location of strata containing organic materials, wet materials or other conditions that
might affect engineering conclusions or construction operations.
e. Describe the existing surface conditions and summarize the subsurface
f. Provide appropriate subsurface profiles of rock or other bearing stratum.
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g. Estimate potential variations in elevation and movements of subsurface
water due to seasonal influences.
h. Include all laboratory determinations of soil properties.
C. DISPOSITION OF SAMPLES
1. After all laboratory tests have been completed, Consultant shall retain all
samples at the Consultant's office, and make available for inspection until construction is
complete and written direction is obtained from Owner/Client to dispose of the samples.
III. FOUNDATION ENGINEERING EVALUATION AND RECOMMENDATIONS
A. To the extent authorized under a work authorization, Consultant shall analyze the
information developed by investigation or otherwise available to the Consultant, including those
aspects of the subsurface conditions which may affect design and construction of proposed
structures, and shall consult with Owner/Client's design professionals on the design and
engineering requirements of the Project. Based on such analysis and consultation, Consultant
shall submit a professional evaluation and recommendations for the necessary areas of
consideration, including, but not limited to, the items below:
[strike any inapplicable items]
1. Foundation support of the structure and slabs, including bearing pressures,
bearing elevations, foundation design recommendations and anticipated settlement.
2. Anticipation of, and management of, groundwater for design of structures
3. Lateral earth pressures for design of walls below grade, including backfill,
compaction and subdrainage, and their requirements.
4. Soil material and compaction requirements for site fill, construction
backfill, and for the support of structures and pavements.
5. Subgrade modulus for design of pavements or slabs.
6. Temporary excavation and temporary protection, such as excavation
sheeting, underpinning and temporary dewatering systems.
7. Stability of slopes.
8. Seismic activity.
9. Analysis of soils to ascertain presence of potentially expansive,
deleterious, chemically active or corrosive materials or conditions, or
presence of gas.
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10. Evaluation of depth of material requiring rock excavation and methods of
11. Temporary and permanent protection of adjacent improvements.
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CALIFORNIA STATE REQUIRED TERMS AND CONDITIONS
[INSTRUCTION: THESE SAMPLE TERMS ARE VALID IN CALIFORNIA ONLY.AND
ARE USED FOR DEMONSTRATION PURPOSES ONLY]
1. AUDIT: Consultant agrees that [insert name of Owner/Client] (“Owner/Client”), or their
designated representative shall have the right to review and to copy any records and supporting
documentation pertaining to the performance of this Agreement. Consultant agrees to maintain
such records for possible audit for a minimum of three (3) years after final payment, unless a
longer period of records retention is stipulated. Consultant agrees to allow the auditor(s) access
to such records during normal business hours and to allow interviews of any employees who
might reasonably have information related to such records. Further, Consultant agrees to include
a similar right of Owner/Client to audit records and interview staff in any subconsultant
agreement related to performance of this Agreement. (Gov. Code §8546.7, Pub. Contract Code
§10115 et seq., CCR Title 2, Section 1896.)
2. NON-DISCRIMINATION CLAUSE: During the performance of this Agreement,
Consultant and its subconsultants shall not unlawfully discriminate, harass, or allow harassment
against any employee or applicant for employment because of sex, race, color, ancestry, religious
creed, national origin, physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical
condition (cancer), age (over 40), marital status, and denial of family care leave. Consultant and
subconsultants shall insure that the evaluation and treatment of their employees and applicants
for employment are free from such discrimination and harassment. Consultant and
subconsultants shall comply with the provisions of the Fair Employment and Housing Act (Gov.
Code §12990 (a-f) et seq.) and the applicable regulations promulgated thereunder (California
Code of Regulations, Title 2, Section 7285 et seq.). The applicable regulations of the Fair
Employment and Housing Commission implementing Government Code Section 12990 (a-f), set
forth in Chapter 5 of Division 4 of Title 2 of the California Code of Regulations, are incorporated
into this Agreement by reference and made a part hereof as if set forth in full, and Consultant
hereby certifies that it has, unless exempted, complied with theses nondiscrimination program
requirements. Consultant and its subconsultants shall give written notice of their obligations
under this clause to labor organizations with which they have a collective bargaining or other
Agreement. Consultant shall include the nondiscrimination and compliance provisions of this
clause in all subconsultant agreements to perform work under the Agreement.
3. ANTITRUST CLAIMS: The Consultant agrees that if this Agreement was awarded by
means of a competitive bid, the Consultant shall comply with the requirements of the
Government Codes Sections set out below.
a. For the purpose of this Section 3:
1) “Public purchase” means a purchase by means of competitive bids of goods, services, or
materials by Owner/Client or any of its political subdivisions or public agencies on whose behalf
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the Attorney General may bring an action pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 16750 of the
Business and Professions Code.
2) “Public purchasing body” means Owner/Client or the subdivision or agency making a public
purchase. (Government Code Section 4550.)
b. In submitting a bid to a public purchasing body, the bidder offers and agrees that if the bid is
accepted, it will assign to the purchasing body all rights, title, and interest in and to all causes of
action it may have under Section 4 of the Clayton Act (15 U.S.C. Sec. 15) or under the
Cartwright Act (Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 16700) of Part 2 of Division 7 of the
Business and Professions Code), arising from purchases of goods, materials, or services by the
bidder for sale to the purchasing body pursuant to the bid. Such assignment shall be made and
become effective at the time the purchasing body tenders final payment to the bidder.
(Government Code Section 4552.)
c. If an awarding body or public purchasing body receives, either through judgment or
settlement, a monetary recovery for a cause of action assigned under this chapter, the assignor
shall be entitled to receive reimbursement for actual legal costs incurred and may, upon demand,
recover from the public body any portion of the recovery, including treble damages, attributable
to overcharges that were paid by the assignor but were not paid by the public body as part of the
bid price, less the expenses incurred in obtaining that portion of the recovery. (Government Code
d. Upon demand in writing by the assignor, the assignee shall, within one year from such
demand, reassign the cause of action assigned under this part if the assignor has been or may
have been injured by the violation of law for which the cause of action arose and (a) the assignee
has not been injured thereby, or (b) the assignee declines to file a court action for the cause of
action. (See Government Code Section 4554.)
4. CHILD SUPPORT COMPLIANCE ACT: If this Agreement is in excess of $100,000,
Consultant acknowledges in accordance with Public Contract Code 7110, that:
a) Consultant recognizes the importance of child and family support obligations and shall fully
comply with all applicable state and federal laws relating to child and family support
enforcement, including, but not limited to, disclosure of information and compliance with
earnings assignment orders, as provided in Chapter 8 (commencing with section 5200) of Part 5
of Division 9 of the Family Code; and
b) Consultant, to the best of its knowledge is fully complying with the earnings assignment
orders of all employees and is providing the names of all new employees to the New Hire
Registry maintained by the California Employment Development Department.
5. PRIORITY HIRING CONSIDERATIONS: If this Agreement includes services in excess
of $200,000, Consultant shall give priority consideration in filling vacancies in positions funded
by the Agreement to qualified recipients of aid under Welfare and Institutions Code Section
11200 in accordance with Pub. Contract Code §10353.
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6. DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE REQUIREMENTS: Consultant will comply with the
requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1990 and will provide a drug-free workplace by
taking the following actions:
a. Publish a statement notifying employees that unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation,
possession or use of a controlled substance is prohibited and specifying actions to be taken
against employees for violations.
b. Establish a Drug-Free Awareness Program to inform employees about:
1) the dangers of drug abuse in the workplace;
2) the person’s or organization's policy of maintaining a drug-free workplace;
3) any available counseling, rehabilitation and employee assistance programs; and,
4) penalties that may be imposed upon employees for drug abuse violations.
c. Every employee who works on the proposed Agreement will:
1) receive a copy of the company's drug-free workplace policy statement; and, 2) agree to abide
by the terms of the company's statement as a condition of employment on the Agreement.
Failure to comply with these requirements may result in suspension of payments under the
Agreement or termination of the Agreement or both and Consultant may be ineligible for award
of any future Owner/Client or State Agreements if Owner/Client or the State determine that any
of the following has occurred: Consultant has made false certification, or violated the
certification by failing to carry out the requirements as noted above. (Gov. Code §8350 et seq.)
7. NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD CERTIFICATION: Consultant certifies that
no more than one (1) final unappealable finding of contempt of court by a Federal court has been
issued against Consultant within the immediately preceding two-year period because of
Consultant’s failure to comply with an order of a Federal court, which orders Consultant to
comply with an order of the National Labor Relations Board. (Pub. Contract Code §10296.) (Not
applicable to public entities.)
8. DOMESTIC PARTNERS: For contracts over $100,000, Consultant certifies that Consultant
is in compliance with Public Contract Code Section 10295.3.
9. CONFLICT OF INTEREST/STATE OFFICERS OR EMPLOYEES: Consultant
acknowledges its awareness of the following provisions regarding current or former state
a. No state officer or employee may engage in any employment, activity or enterprise from
which the officer or employee receives compensation or has a financial interest and which is
sponsored or funded by any state agency, unless the employment, activity or enterprise is
required as a condition of regular state employment. (Pub. Contract Code § 10410.)
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b. No state officer or employee may contract on his or her own behalf as an independent
Consultant with any state agency to provide goods or services. (Pub. Contract Code § 10410.) c.
For the two-year period from the date he or she left state employment, no former state officer or
employee may enter into a contract in which he or she engaged in any of the negotiations,
transactions, planning, arrangements or any part of the decision-making process relevant to the
contract while employed in any capacity by any state agency. (Pub. Contract Code §10411.)
d. For the twelve-month period from the date he or she left state employment, no former state
officer or employee may enter into a contract with any state agency if he or she was employed by
that state agency in a policy-making position in the same general subject area as the proposed
contract within the 12-month period prior to his or her leaving state service. (Pub. Contract Code
10. LABOR CODE/WORKERS' COMPENSATION: Consultant acknowledges its awareness
of the provisions which require every employer to be insured against liability for Worker's
Compensation or to undertake self-insurance in accordance with law, and Consultant agrees to
comply with such provisions before commencing the performance of the work of this
Agreement. (Labor Code Section 3700.) Prior to performing any work, Consultant shall sign and
file the certification required by Labor Code Section 1861.
11. AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT: Consultant certifies that it complies with the
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of
disability, as well as all applicable regulations and guidelines issued pursuant to the ADA. (42
U.S.C. 12101 et seq.)
12. AIR OR WATER POLLUTION VIOLATION: Consultant agrees that it shall not be: (1)
in violation of any order or resolution not subject to review promulgated by the State Air
Resources Board or an air pollution control district; (2) subject to a cease and desist order not
subject to review issued pursuant to Section 13301 of the Water Code for violation of waste
discharge requirements or discharge prohibitions; or (3) finally determined to be in violation of
provisions of federal law relating to air or water pollution.
13. TRENCHING: If the Contract Price exceeds $25,000 and involves the excavation of any
trench(es) five feet or more in depth, the Consultant shall submit to Owner/Client or its
designated engineer, in advance of excavation, a detailed plan showing design of shoring,
bracing, sloping, or other provisions to be made for worker protection from the hazard of caving
ground during the excavation of such trench or trenches. If such plan varies from the shoring
system standards, the plan shall be prepared by a registered civil or structural engineer. (Labor
Code Sections 6705.)
14. OTHER REQUIRED LABOR CODE CITATIONS:
a. Prevailing Wages; Certified Payrolls. The project is subject to State prevailing wage and
certified payroll requirements, and Consultant shall comply with the requirements of Labor Code
Sections 1774 through 1776. Consultant shall pay not less than the prevailing rate of per diem
wages as determined by the Director of the California Department of Industrial Relations.
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Copies of the prevailing rate of per diem wages are on file at the principal office of the
Owner/Client and shall be made available to any interested party upon request.
b. Eight Hour Work Day. In accordance with the provisions of Labor Code Section 1810, eight
(8) hours of labor shall constitute a legal day's work upon all work done hereunder, and
Consultant and any subcontractor or subconsultant employed under this Agreement shall
conform to and be bound by the provisions of Labor Code Sections 1810 through 1815.
c. Apprentices. Consultant and its subcontractors and subconsultants shall comply with the
requirements of Labor Code Section 1777.5 regarding employment of apprentices on the project.
d. Recitations in Subcontracts. In its subcontracts, Consultant shall be required to recite the
following provisions of the Labor Code: Sections 1771, 1775, 1776, 1777.5, and 1815.
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