SAN MATEO COUNTY AGREEMENT NO._________________________

AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE COUNTY OF SAN MATEO AND
SWIFT ATTORNEY SERVICE

 
   

THIS AGREEMENT, entered into this ____ day of _____, 2009, by and between the COUNTY OF SAN MATEO, hereinafter called “County,” and SWIFT ATTORNEY SERVICE, hereinafter called “Contractor.”

 
   

W I T N E S S E T H

 
   

WHEREAS, pursuant to Government Code Section 31000, County may contract with independent Contractors for the furnishing of such services to or for County or any Department thereof;

 
   

WHEREAS, it is necessary and desirable that Contractor be retained for the purpose of Service of Process.

 
   
   

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY AGREED BY THE PARTIES HERETO AS FOLLOWS:

 
     

1.

Exhibits and Attachments

 

    The following exhibits and attachments are included hereto and incorporated by reference herein:

    Exhibit A—Services

    Exhibit B—Fee Schedule

    Attachment I—504 Compliance

    Equal Compliance Declaration Form

 
     

2.

Services to be Performed by Contractor

 

    In consideration of the payments set forth herein and in Exhibit “B,” Contractor shall perform services for County in accordance with the terms, conditions and specifications set forth herein and in Exhibit “A.”

 
   

3.

Payments

 

    In consideration of the services provided by Contractor in accordance with all terms, conditions and specifications set forth herein and in Exhibit "A," County shall make payment to Contractor based on the rates and in the manner specified in Exhibit "B." The County reserves the right to withhold payment if the County determines that the quantity or quality of the work performed is unacceptable. In no event shall the County’s total fiscal obligation under this Agreement exceed five hundred forty thousand dollars ($540,000).

 
   

4.

Term and Termination

Subject to compliance with all terms and conditions, the term of this Agreement shall be from July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2012.

This Agreement may be terminated by Contractor, the San Mateo County Department of Child Support Services Director or his/her designee at any time without a requirement of good cause upon thirty (30) days’ written notice to the other party.

In the event of termination, all finished or unfinished documents, data, studies, maps, photographs, reports, and materials (hereafter referred to as materials) prepared by Contractor under this Agreement shall become the property of the County and shall be promptly delivered to the County. Upon termination, the Contractor may make and retain a copy of such materials. Subject to availability of funding, Contractor shall be entitled to receive payment for work/services provided prior to termination of the Agreement. Such payment shall be that portion of the full payment, which is determined by comparing the work/services completed to the work/services required by the Agreement.

 
     

5.

Availability of Funds

 

    The County may terminate this Agreement or a portion of the services referenced in the Attachments and Exhibits based upon unavailability of Federal, State, or County funds, by providing written notice to Contractor as soon as is reasonably possible after the County learns of said unavailability of outside funding.

 
     

6.

Relationship of Parties

 

    Contractor agrees and understands that the work/services performed under this Agreement are performed as an independent Contractor and not as an employee of the County and that Contractor acquires none of the rights, privileges, powers, or advantages of County employees.

 
     

7.

Hold Harmless

 

    Contractor shall indemnify and save harmless County, its officers, agents, employees, and servants from all claims, suits, or actions of every name, kind, and description, brought for, or on account of: (A) injuries to or death of any person, including Contractor, or (B) damage to any property of any kind whatsoever and to whomsoever belonging, (C) any sanctions, penalties, or claims of damages resulting from Contractor’s failure to comply with the requirements set forth in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and all Federal regulations promulgated thereunder, as amended, or (D) any other loss or cost, including but not limited to that caused by the concurrent active or passive negligence of County, its officers, agents, employees, or servants, resulting from the performance of any work required of Contractor or payments made pursuant to this Agreement, provided that this shall not apply to injuries or damage for which County has been found in a court of competent jurisdiction to be solely liable by reason of its own negligence or willful misconduct.

 

    The duty of Contractor to indemnify and save harmless, as set forth herein, shall include the duty to defend as set forth in Section 2778 of the California Civil Code.

 
     

8.

Assignability and Subcontracting

 

    Contractor shall not assign this Agreement or any portion thereof to a third party or subcontract with a third party to provide services required by Contractor under this Agreement without the prior written consent of County. Any such assignment or subcontract without the County’s prior written consent shall give County the right to automatically and immediately terminate this Agreement.

 
   

9.

Insurance

 

    The Contractor shall not commence work or be required to commence work under this Agreement unless and until all insurance required under this paragraph has been obtained and such insurance has been approved by Risk Management, and Contractor shall use diligence to obtain such issuance and to obtain such approval. The Contractor shall furnish the Department/Division with certificates of insurance evidencing the required coverage, and there shall be a specific contractual liability endorsement extending the Contractor's coverage to include the contractual liability assumed by the Contractor pursuant to this Agreement. These certificates shall specify or be endorsed to provide that thirty (30) days' notice must be given, in writing, to the Department/Division of any pending change in the limits of liability or of any cancellation or modification of the policy.

 
   

(1)

Worker's Compensation and Employer's Liability Insurance

The Contractor shall have in effect during the entire life of this Agreement Workers' Compensation and Employer's Liability Insurance providing full statutory coverage. In signing this Agreement, the Contractor certifies, as required by Section 1861 of the California Labor Code, that it is aware of the provisions of Section 3700 of the California Labor Code which requires every employer to be insured against liability for Worker's Compensation or to undertake self-insurance in accordance with the provisions of the Code, and contractor will comply with such provisions before commencing the performance of the work of this Agreement.

 
   

(2)

Liability Insurance

The Contractor shall take out and maintain during the life of this Agreement such Bodily Injury Liability and Property Damage Liability Insurance as shall protect him/her while performing work covered by this Agreement from any and all claims for damages for bodily injury, including accidental death, as well as any and all claims for property damage which may arise from Contractor’s operations under this Agreement, whether such operations be by himself/herself or by any sub-contractor or by anyone directly or indirectly employed by either of them. Such insurance shall be combined single limit bodily injury and property damage for each occurrence and shall be not less than the amount specified below.

 
     
     
 

Such insurance shall include:

 
 

(a)

Comprehensive General Liability . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..

$1,000,000

 
 

(b)

Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..

$1,000,000

 
 

(c)

Professional Liability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

$1,000,000

 
 

(d)

Workers’ Compensation Coverage

Statutory

 
         

    County and its officers, agents, employees and servants shall be named as additional insured on any such policies of insurance, which shall also contain a provision that the insurance afforded thereby to the County, its officers, agents, employees and servants shall be primary insurance to the full limits of liability of the policy, and that if the County or its officers and employees have other insurance against the loss covered by such a policy, such other insurance shall be excess insurance only.

 
   

    In the event of the breach of any provision of this section, or in the event any notice is received which indicates any required insurance coverage will be diminished or canceled, the County of San Mateo at its option, may, notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement to the contrary, immediately declare a material breach of this Agreement and suspend all further work pursuant to this Agreement.

 
   

10.

Compliance with laws; Payment of Permits/Licenses

 

    All services to be performed by Contractor pursuant to this Agreement shall be performed in accordance with all applicable Federal, State, County, and municipal laws, including, but not limited to, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and all Federal regulations promulgated thereunder, as amended, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended and attached hereto and incorporated by reference herein as Attachment “I,” which prohibits discrimination on the basis of handicap in programs and activities receiving any Federal or County financial assistance. Such services shall also be performed in accordance with all applicable ordinances and regulations, including, but not limited to, appropriate licensure, certification regulations, provisions pertaining to confidentiality of records, and applicable quality assurance regulations.

    In the event of a conflict between the terms of this agreement and State, Federal, County, or municipal law or regulations, the requirements of the applicable law will take precedence over the requirements set forth in this Agreement.

    Contractor will timely and accurately complete, sign, and submit all necessary documentation of compliance.

 
   

11.

Non-Discrimination and Other Requirements

 
 

A.

Section 504 applies only to Contractors who are providing services to members of the public. Contractor shall comply with 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which provides that no otherwise qualified handicapped individual shall, solely by reason of a disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in the performance of this Agreement.

 
 

B.

General non-discrimination. No person shall, on the grounds of race, color, religion, ancestry, gender, age (over 40), national origin, medical condition (cancer), physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, marital status, or political affiliation be denied any benefits or be subject to discrimination under this Agreement.

 
 

C.

Equal employment opportunity. Contractor shall ensure equal employment opportunity based on objective standards of recruitment, classification, selection, promotion, compensation, performance evaluation, and management relations for all employees under this Agreement. Contractor’s equal employment policies shall be made available to County of San Mateo upon request.

 
 

D.

Violation of Non-discrimination provisions. Violation of the non-discrimination provisions of this Agreement shall be considered a breach of this Agreement and subject the Contractor to penalties, to be determined by the County Manager, including but not limited to

 
 

i)

termination of this Agreement;

 
 

ii)

disqualification of the Contractor from bidding on or being awarded a County contract for a period of up to 3 years;

 
 

iii)

liquidated damages of $2,500 per violation;

 
 

iv)

imposition of other appropriate contractual and civil remedies and sanctions, as determined by the County Manager.

 
       
 

To effectuate the provisions of this section, the County Manager shall have the authority to examine Contractor’s employment records with respect to compliance with this paragraph and/or to set off all or any portion of the amount described in this paragraph against amounts due to Contractor under the Contract or any other Contract between Contractor and County.

 
       
 

Contractor shall report to the County Manager the filing by any person in any court of any complaint of discrimination or the filing by any person of any and all charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Fair Employment and Housing Commission or any other entity charged with the investigation of allegations within 30 days of such filing, provided that within such 30 days such entity has not notified Contractor that such charges are dismissed or otherwise unfounded. Such notification shall include the name of the complainant, a copy of such complaint, and a description of the circumstance. Contractor shall provide County with a copy of their response to the Complaint when filed.

 
   
 

E.

Compliance with Equal Benefits Ordinance. With respect to the provision of employee benefits, Contractor shall comply with the County Ordinance which prohibits Contractors from discriminating in the provision of employee benefits between an employee with a domestic partner and an employee with a spouse.

 
 

F.

The Contractor shall comply fully with the non-discrimination requirements required by 41 CFR 60-741.5(a), which is incorporated herein as if fully set forth.

 
     

12.

Retention of Records, Right to Monitor and Audit

    (a) Contractor shall maintain all required records for three (3) years after the County makes final payment and all other pending matters are closed, and shall be subject to the examination and/or audit of the County, a Federal grantor agency, and the State of California.

    (b) Reporting and Record Keeping: Contractor shall comply with all program and fiscal reporting requirements set forth by appropriate Federal, State and local agencies, and as required by the County.

    (c) Contractor agrees to provide to County, to any Federal or State department having monitoring or review authority, to County's authorized representatives, and/or their appropriate audit agencies upon reasonable notice, access to and the right to examine all records and documents necessary to determine compliance with relevant Federal, State, and local statutes, rules and regulations, and this Agreement, and to evaluate the quality, appropriateness and timeliness of services performed.

 

13.

Merger Clause

 

    This Agreement, including the Exhibits attached hereto and incorporated herein by reference, constitutes the sole Agreement of the parties hereto and correctly states the rights, duties, and obligations of each party as of this document's date. Any prior agreement, promises, negotiations, or representations between the parties not expressly stated in this document are not binding. All subsequent modifications shall be in writing and signed by the parties. In the event of a conflict between the terms, conditions, or specifications set forth herein and those in Exhibit "A" or "B" attached hereto, the terms, conditions, or specifications set forth herein shall prevail. This Agreement, or facsimile proposal of the Agreement, constitutes the entire Agreement between County and Contractor.

 

14.

Confidentiality

All data produced or compiled by Contractor shall be considered confidential unless it can be obtained as public record and shall not be shared with a third party without the prior written consent of County. All financial, statistical, personal, technical, and other data and information relating to the County’s operations which is made available to the Contractor in order to carry out this Agreement shall be presumed to be confidential. Contractor shall protect said data and information from unauthorized use and disclosure by the observance of the same or more effective procedures as the County requires of its own personnel. The Contractor shall not, however, be required by this paragraph to keep confidential any data or information, which is or becomes publicly available, is already rightfully in the Contractor’s possession, is independently developed by the Contractor outside the scope of the Agreement or is rightfully obtained from third parties.

 

15.

Compliance with Contractor Employee Jury Service Ordinance

Contractor shall comply with the County Ordinance with respect to provision of jury duty pay to employees and have and adhere to a written policy that provides that its employees shall receive from the Contractor, on an annual basis, no less than five days of regular pay for actual jury service in San Mateo County. The policy may provide that employees deposit any fees received for such jury service with the Contractor or that the Contractor deduct from the employee’s regular pay the fees received for jury service.

 

16.

Controlling Law

 

    The validity of this Agreement and of its terms or provisions, as well as the rights and duties of the parties hereunder, the interpretation, and performance of this Agreement, shall be governed by the laws of the State of California.

 
     

17.

Notices

Any notice, request, demand, or other communication required or permitted hereunder shall be deemed to be properly given when deposited in the United States mail postage prepaid, or when deposited with a public telegraph company for transmittal, charges prepaid, addressed to:

 

      In the case of County, to:

      Iliana Rodriguez, Director

      San Mateo County Department of Child Support Services

      555 County Center, 2nd Floor

      Redwood City, Ca. 94063

 

      In the case of Contractor, to:

      Frank Kaul, Owner

      Swift Attorney Service

      500 Allerton Street, Suite 105

      Redwood City, Ca. 94063

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto, by their duly authorized representatives, have affixed their hands.

 
 

COUNTY OF SAN MATEO

 
 
 
 

By:

 

Mark Church

President, Board of Supervisors,

San Mateo County

 
 
 

Date:

 

ATTEST:

 
 
 

By:

Clerk of Said Board

 
 

Date:

 
 

SWIFT ATTORNEY SERVICE:

 
 
 
 

Frank Kaul, Owner

Contractor’s Signature

 
 

Date:

Exhibit “A”

In consideration of the payments set forth in Exhibit “B”, Contractor shall provide the following services:

For the purpose of this proposal, the local service area includes San Mateo, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties. The non-local service area includes Alameda, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento and Stockton areas.

Exhibit “B”

In consideration of the services provided by the Contractor in Exhibit “A”, County shall pay Contractor based on the following fee schedule:

FEE SCHEDULE FOR PROCESS SERVICE

VENDOR: Swift Attorney Service

ADDRESS: 500 Allerton Street, Suite 105, Redwood City, Ca. 94063

PHONE: 650-364-9612

County

Completed Service

Not Found/ Return

Rush/ Same-Day Service

Wage & Levy Writ Service

Locate Service

San Mateo

$34.50

$28.50

$25.00

$45.00

$22.00

San Francisco

$36.50

$28.50

$25.00

$50.00

$22.00

Santa Clara

$36.50

$28.50

$25.00

$50.00

$22.00

Alameda

$41.50

$35.50

$25.00

$60.00

$22.00

Contra Costa

$45.50

$34.50

$25.00

$75.00

$22.00

Los Angeles

$51.50

$41.50

$28.50

$85.00

$22.00

San Diego

$51.50

$51.50

$28.50

$85.00

$22.00

Sacramento

$48.50

$44.50

$28.50

$85.00

$22.00

Stockton

$48.50

$44.50

$28.50

$85.00

$22.00

The San Mateo County Department of Child Support Services shall call Contractor for fee quotes for all other service requests such as same day serves and service to other California Counties as well as any other serves to other jurisdictions not listed in the above fee schedule

ATTACHMENT I

Required only from Contractors who provide services directly to the Public on the County’s behalf.

Assurance of Compliance with Section 504 of the

Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as Amended

The undersigned (hereinafter called the “Contractor(s)”) hereby agrees that it will comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, all requirements imposed by the applicable DHHS regulation, and all guidelines and interpretations issued pursuant thereto.

The Contractor(s) gives/give this assurance in consideration of and for the purpose of obtaining contracts after the date of this assurance. The Contractor(s) recognizes/recognize and agrees/agree that contracts will be extended in reliance on the representations and agreements made in the assurance. The assurance is binding on the Contractor(s), its successors, transferees, and assignees, and the person or persons whose signatures appear below are authorized to sign this assurance on behalf of the Contractor(s).

The Contractor(s): (Check a or b)