Risk management

Stay ahead of risk – identify, prevent, control.

Explore the expanding library of resources from the AIA Risk Management Committee and the AIA Trust, that can help you secure a successful practice:

Risk management resources for practices

Discover how to access the risk management resources developed by the AIA Trust, including webinars, guides, databases and more.

The value of a comprehensive owner-architect contract

To avoid misunderstandings or even legal disputes, make sure your owner-architect agreements contain all these basic contractual elements.

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The AIA Trust Professional Liability Insurance Database

The AIA Trust Professional Liability Insurance Database is a searchable directory designed to give AIA members critical information to make decisions.

Overtime pay: Are you compensating your employees correctly?

The federal pay rules aren’t as clear-cut as you may think, and non-compliance with Department of Labor rules may result in audits, back pay, and fines.

Ownership transition resources

A resource page with numerous articles and plans to guide successful transitions

What "duty to defend" means for design professionals

Why agreeing to defend your client is an unduly burdensome risk on the design professional and should be avoided to the greatest extent possible.

How does healthcare reform affect you and your firm?

Get answers to your questions about the impact of the Affordable Care Act on architecture firms and employees, from resources developed by The AIA Trust

Federal court sides with architect in payment dispute

This case in Ohio upheld the architect's right to terminate a license to use its drawings and specifications.

How To

Find out how to get started and run your own successful firm

Starting a firm and structuring it for success is a formidable task—find helpful resources, tools, and benefit programs to take you into the future.

The standard of care: How is it applied?

The function and application of the standard of care is a nuanced, complex, and multi-faceted issue that must be evaluated from different perspectives.

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Bulletproof contract administration: Managing risk during construction

Learn how to improve your construction contract administration and minimize risk exposure.

The standard of care: Should I care?

Often the actions of the architect are measured against the applicable “standard of care.” What does that mean, and where did it come from?

Financial and retirement planning tools to help plan your future

As a risk management resource, the AIA Trust offers members resources to plan for retirement and make sound financial decisions.

Firm management

Special exemptions: Executives, outside salespersons, and IT staff

Exemptions to the FLSA overtime pay for professional positions and administrative staff, executive leadership, outside salespersons, and computer employees.

Firm management

Am I breaking the law by providing my employees with comp time?

Providing "comp time" to employees who work a few extra hours may be easy, but it's also against the law. Find out why this violates the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The economic loss doctrine: a practical application

Most states recognize some version of the economic loss doctrine, although its application has been under increasing scrutiny in many jurisdictions.

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Guilty until proven innocent: Claims defense documentation

This paper outlines ground rules to establish document protocols to protect the architect - or to help you defend against potential claims and prove your innocence

Professional liability insurance decision-making tips

Professional Liability Insurance resources and tips

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