Model Protective Language for Event Contracts
Excused non‐performance language and how it can protect your organization
Most excused non‐performance and “force majeure” clauses protect organizations from so‐called “acts of God.” However, many such clauses address other extraordinary events such as labor disputes, and an increasing number of these clauses include language that indemnifies organizations for meeting cancellations which are caused by labor disputes. Such language has been successfully used by many organizations for this purpose.
More and more meeting planners recognize that they need to protect themselves and their organizations from the potentially negative effects of labor disputes in this manner, and leading industry resources have begun to reflect some of those concerns. In the 2/1/04 issue of Religious Conference Manager, a report entitled “Negotiating and Contracts” specifically mentions unions in the section on negotiating contracts’ cancellation clauses.
With the right language, you should be able to cancel your meeting contract without penalty in the event of a labor dispute.
The following clause protects the group in case of labor dispute:
In addition to the above, the following cancellation clause provides added protection to the group:
In addition to the above, it would be helpful for the hotel to be required to disclose to the group any labor disputes, according to the following clause: