Virginia First State to Adopt Workplace Safety Standards Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

On July 15, the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board approved temporary emergency standards to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Virginia workplaces. Expected to go into effect during the week of July 27, the new workplace safety standards are the first of their kind in the country. The regulations will impose large monetary penalties on companies that fail to implement various COVID-19 safety measures. Virginia state officials, under the direction of Governor Ralph Northam, purportedly spearheaded implementation of the . . . Read More

STARS III: Simultaneous Bidding as Prime Contractor and Managing Member of JV, or Bidding as Managing Member Under Multiple JVs

PilieroMazza  has received a flood of questions related to STARS III and  Cy Alba  gave a presentation ( link ) earlier today walking through a number of keys issues and our interpretation of key requirements in the RFP. As a part of that, one key question being asked is whether clients are able to bid themselves as a prime contractor and also as the managing member of a joint venture?  While there is nothing in the STARS III RFP that expressly disallows submitting an offer . . . Read More

BLOG: New DOL Rule Frees TRICARE Providers from OFCCP Audits and Enforcement

On July 2, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule , which clarifies that its Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) lacks authority over certain medical providers who contract with TRICARE. While there has been a moratorium on OFCCP enforcement for TRICARE providers since 2014, the potential for future OFCCP audits and related litigation loomed large. This rule relieves healthcare providers who solely contract with the federal government through TRICARE from future OFCCP audits and enforcement. OFCCP enforces Executive . . . Read More

ANNOUNCEMENT: PilieroMazza’s Corporate Team Welcomes Laura Sims, Former In-House Counsel to Clean Energy Collective

PilieroMazza is pleased to announce that Laura Sims  has joined the firm as an Associate in its  Business & Corporate Group  in Boulder, Colorado. With a background as in-house counsel at a solar company and as a corporate lawyer in private practice, Laura offers the firm’s corporate clients a full spectrum perspective on all their business concerns. She is also well-versed in every stage of solar project development from pre-construction to asset management, as well as solar project financing and sale transactions.  “We are delighted to welcome Laura . . . Read More

BLOG: COVID-19 Is Spiking More Than Just Fevers: 5 Things to Remember with Union Organizing on the Rise

As unemployment rises and companies face new COVID-19 health and safety challenges, many unions are exploring new ways to encourage employees to organize. In this climate of union organizing, it can be important to keep open communications with your workforce. Often, the best way to avoid a union organizing campaign is to listen to employee concerns as they arise and keep a watchful eye on signs that employees might be considering organizing, providing you an opportunity to get out in . . . Read More

Weekly Update for Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses – July 7, 2020

If you have questions concerning the content below, please visit this link . COVID-19 Client Resource Center: To access resources for businesses navigating the COVID-19 crisis, we invite you to visit PilieroMazza’s “ COVID-19 Client Resource Center .” Please contact covid19@pilieromazza.com for immediate assistance. LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW DC Launches Paid Family Leave Program July 1—What Employers Need to Know, July 1, 2020, Nichole AtallahSarah Nash , and  Sara Nasseri Employees in DC are now eligible for paid family leave pursuant to the DC Paid Family Leave Act. Below is our brief primer on what . . . Read More

BLOG: $4.5 Million False Claims Act Settlement Underscores DOJ’s Focus on Fraud in Small Business Programs

During the webinar on “ The False Claims Act: 2019 Takeaways and 2020 Trends ” earlier this year, Matt Feinberg and Jackie Unger noted that the SBA’s small business programs are fertile ground for False Claims Act (FCA) enforcement and predicted increased enforcement in 2020 and beyond. A recent settlement has shown this to be true and illustrates that the risk of FCA liability can extend to affiliates and business partners of purported small businesses that contract with the federal government. On May 4, 2020, the DOJ issued a press release stating that Northland Associates, . . . Read More

Doing Business with the Government and the Impact of COVID-19

The July 2020 issue of Lawyer Monthly features an article by PilieroMazza ‘s Managing Partner Pam Mazza on “ Doing Business with the Government and the Impact of COVID-19 .”  In the article, Pam explores why companies should consider doing business with the government and the possible pitfalls they should be aware of.  Pam also discuses the challenges COVID-19 has presented for government contractors and changes we should be on the lookout for.  Please visit this link to view the full article.  

Senate Passes PPP Loan Application Deadline Extension, More Than $130 Billion Still Unclaimed

Last night, the Senate unanimously passed a bill that would extend the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application deadline through August 8, 2020. The bill is now set to be taken up by the House.   The PPP provides forgivable loans to cover payroll and overhead expenses for small businesses. On June 27, 2020,  SBA reported  that over $134 billion in unclaimed funds remained of the $669 billion program. Unless Congress repurposes them, leftover funds will be returned to the . . . Read More

DC Launches Paid Family Leave Program July 1—What Employers Need to Know

Effective today, employees in DC are eligible for paid family leave pursuant to the DC Paid Family Leave Act (the Act). Below is our brief primer on what employers need to know and what to expect when administering paid family leave. The Act is an insurance program. It does not govern whether an employee is eligible for the leave itself but whether an employee will be eligible for paid leave benefits. Whether an employee is entitled to leave itself is . . . Read More