313. Express powers of determination or forfeiture generally.

Building contracts frequently give a party (be it employer, contractor or sub-contractor) power to determine the contract or the contractor's employment or to 'forfeit' the contract on the happening of some event or on some default by the contractor. Such provisions used commonly to be called 'forfeiture clauses' (and the description is still prevalent in engineering and international contracts) but the term more widely used particularly in standard form contracts is 'determination clause'. Determination clauses are inserted for two principal reasons: first, a party (especially the employer) will be able to determine the contractor's employment (but not the contract)