grandfather clause

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grandfather clause

A clause that exempts certain people or businesses from new limitations or restrictions, thus allowing them to continue doing or benefiting from something as they did before. Originally referred to a clause added to the constitutions of some Southern US states that exempted people with relatives that had voted before 1867 from strict new voting requirements, in effect disproportionately limiting the ability of African Americans to vote. No, I still get to pay the reduced rate, thanks to a grandfather clause in my contract.
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(a) grandfather clause

a clause in an agreement that protects certain rights granted in the past even when conditions change in the future. The contract contained a grandfather clause that protected my pension payments against claims such as might arise from a future lawsuit.
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Affordable housing advocates object to a grandfather clause and a sunset provision added to the legislation.
"A grandfather clause is a provision in which an old rule continues to apply to some existing situations while a new rule will apply to all future cases....Frequently, the exemption is limited; it may extend for a set period of time, or it may be lost under certain circumstances."
An Alabama congressman has proposed a grandfather clause for incumbent contractors who outgrow small business status by the time their contract is recompeted.
After suffering a considerable loss, fixing it may subject your property to these new laws or ordinance from which the property's age had previously made it exempt by a grandfather clause.
It is also worth noting that OSHA has, in the past, incorporated a grandfather clause in its standard.
A grandfather clause of the legislation said the new law would not apply to any amount received under a written binding agreement, court decree or mediation award in effect on (or issued before) September 13, 1995; therefore, the new law did not affect the taxation of punitive damages received due to physical injury or physical sickness before passage of the 1996 act.
A grandfather clause stated that the rule applies only to income from tax-exempt bonds purchased after August 8, 1986.
However, they contain a grandfather clause for debt outstanding before that date.