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    Why are do some alternate clauses have later effective dates than the original clauses? It is our understanding that the alternate and deviations should have the most recent effective dates.


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    The reason a clause and its alternate may have different dates is driven by what may have changed.  If a clause is changed in some manner, then the clause has a new effective date.  But if the change did not affect the language of the alternate (which is usually no more than a paragraph or two of the basic clause), it retains its already established effective date.  This matters because you need to know what iteration or version of clause/alternate clause to read should an issue arise on an existing contract.

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