A Contractor’s Obligations When a Qualifier Is Laid Off OR RESIGNS
Downsizing of personnel is an unfortunate reality in the current economy. Most companies have already downsized and consolidated less important positions, but I’m starting to see more companies having to go to the next step and release some of their construction qualifiers. If you find yourself doing so as well, pay close attention to the requirements and ramifications under the Licensing Code.
First, make sure you are retaining at least one licensed contractor who can qualify your company. Second, both you and the released qualifier must notify the Construction Industry Licensing Board of the loss of the qualifier. Pursuant to §489.119(3)(a) of the Florida Statutes, you will have 60 days in which to replace the qualifier, which requires filing the appropriate licensure applications with the CILB. This 60 day period can usually be extended an additional month upon a showing of good cause. Until you are newly qualified, you can complete work in progress or proceed with contracts for bids you have already submitted, but you can’t bid for new work.
You should also notify in writing all building departments from which open permits have been issued under the qualifier’s license.