NYSSPE Seeks to Reduce the Liability of Engineers through Improved Indemnification Legislation

The above video is a New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) legislative update on the current status of indemnification language in municipal contracts for engineering work and how NYSSPE is seeking to improve the language to reduce the liability of engineers in New York State.  The video is presented by Anthony Fasano, P.E. NYSSPE Executive Director and NYSSPE Legislative Counsel Mark Kriss, Esq.

Here is a time-stamped breakdown of the video to make it easier to find the sections of interest to you:

  • [0:20] A. Fasano discusses NYSSPE’s plan to focus on indemnification legislation.
  • [0:32] M. Kriss talks about how some municipalities are overreaching in terms of indemnification.
  • [1:03] M. Kriss defines indemnification.
  • [2:00] M. Kriss discusses the terms of professional liability insurance with respect to indemnification.
  • [2:16] A. Fasano gives a real life example of how engineers are asked to take on additional liability.
  • [2:42] M. Kriss talks about why this issue can be thought of as a “race to the bottom” for engineering firms.
  • [3:01] M. Kriss talks about what NYSSPE is doing about this problem which includes working with other organizations including AIA and ACEC.
  • [3:54] A. Fasano talks about the direction NYSSPE is trying to move these efforts to create a positive change.
  • [4:21] M. Kriss discusses a standard indemnification provision that NYSSPE is working on to help reduce the liability of engineers in New York State.

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