Whether you are a small contractor or run a large construction firm, there are countless reasons why a dispute may surface. However, some disputes, such as those which involve those who work for your company, can be especially difficult to deal with. Construction disputes which involve employees or sub-contractors may arise over any number of issues, but many involve wages. A worker may claim that they were not paid for overtime, that they were not compensated in accordance with their contract or that they were not paid at all. It is crucial to handle these claims appropriately, since they may lead to further action (such as litigation) if they are not resolved.
Sometimes, these disputes are centered around a simple misunderstanding. In some instances, a contractor may not have realized that they did not fully compensate certain workers. On the other hand, a worker may be confused and accidentally believe that they were not paid in full. Communication can help clear up confusion and prevent these issues from leading to further action, and ensuring that all workers have been paid may prevent additional challenges from arising. In some instances, an employee may demand that they receive more compensation (even if they are not entitled to additional pay), which may lead to legal action.
It is imperative to handle construction disputes correctly since your finances and even the future of your business could be affected. We cover many other legal matters regarding construction disputes on our site for construction company owners to review.