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The Legal Advisor is a newsletter distributed by the firm to our clients, friends and business contacts. The publication addresses current issues that are of concern to federal government contractors and commercial businesses nationwide. The articles focus on recent legal trends, court decisions, legislative and regulatory rule-making and other newsworthy events. The articles often emphasize practical tips that businesses should consider in complying with recent changes in the law, as well as preventative measures that can be taken to minimize legal problems.
 

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  • January 27, 2017

    In this Issue:

    • 2016 GAO Bid Protest Annual Report: Sustain Rate Hits Nine Year High, Up More Than 10% from 2015 
    • Congress Makes Confusing Changes to the VA's Verification Program
    • It's a New Year, Are You Still a Small Business?
    • New Pilot Program Will Give  Certain Small Businesses New Option to Obtain Past Performance Ratings
  • October 28, 2016

    In this Issue:

    • Fair Pay Safe Workplaces Halted but Not Dead 
    • Recent Clarifications to SBA's Definition of Receipts 
    • Small Business Contracting Opportunities Abound Outside the Federal Marketplace
    • The Corporate Designee in Commercial Litigation
  • August 22, 2016

    In this Issue:

    • Category Management: What Contractors Need to Know
    • Aftermath of the Kingdomware Decision: Where Does the VA Go From Here? 
    • Estate and Succession Planning Essentials for Small Business Owners
    • Size Recertification Now Required for Pending Proposals After Merger or Acquisition 
       
  • May 3, 2016

    In this Issue:

    • Lessons Learned from Protests Involving "Late" Proposals
    • Avenues for Avoiding FCA Liability
    • Negotiating the Provisions of Your Office Lease
    • Update on SBA's New ITVAR Size Rule
  • January 21, 2015

    In this Issue:

    • Regulatory Issues for Acquisitions of Government Contracts by Non-U.S. Buyers
    • Now Is the Time For Government Contracting Regulatory Compliance Reviews
    • Supply Chain Cybersecurity Risk in Government Contracting
    • DOL's Changes to the Overtime Rules in 2016 Mean Employers Must Reevaluate Whether Employees are Entitled to Overtime
  • October 30, 2015

    In this Issue:

    • More Small Business Subcontracting Plan Changes: SBA Proposes to Allow Subcontracting Plan Credit for Small Business Subcontractors at any Tier
    • Mastering Price Adjustments for Increases in the Contractor Minimum Wage
    • Happy New Year: As we begin the new fiscal year, government contractors need to identify risks that affect both revenue and costs.
    • If You Snooze, You May Lose – Be Mindful of the Statutes of Limitations if You Intend to Enforce Your Rights in a Court of Law
  • August 1, 2015

    In this Issue:

    • Now's the Time for SBA to Expand WOSB-Eligible Industries
    • 8(a) Applicants: Unlock Your Potential to Succeed
    • The "Trickle Down" Audit
    • Drafting Valid Liquidated Damages Provisions
  • May 5, 2015

    In this issue:

    • Subcontracting Plans: How Implementing Best Practices Now Can Save You Headaches Down the Road
    • Recent ASBCA Decision Opens Door to New Approach for Contractors Negotiating Collective Bargaining Agreements
    • WOSBs: Now It's Your Turn
  • January 1, 2015

    In this issue:

    • SBA Proposes Important New Small Business Contracting Rules
    • When Snow Days Impact Government Contracts: Balancing Inclement Weather and the FSLA
    • Planning Ahead to Get it Right for Your Business
    • SBIC Investment, a Potential Source of Capital for Government Contractors
  • November 1, 2014

    In this issue:

    • Court of Federal Claims Invalidates Key Component of the SBA's Nonmanufacturer Rule
    • At the Crossroads of M&A and Government Contracts - The Novation Process
    • What Every Business Owner Needs to Know About Implementing the New Tangible Property Regulations
    • The Impact of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order on Contract Procurement
  • July 1, 2014

    In this issue;

    • Avoiding Pitfalls with Restrictive Covenants in Employment Contracts
    • What Is Enough Consideration of Small Business Interests? – GAO Denies Protests Against GSA Consolidation of Small Business Contracts
    • SBA Proposes New Regulations Which Permit Advisory Small Business Size Decisions
  • April 1, 2014

    In this issue;

    • Protecting Your Website - The Top Eight Things You Should Know
    • Securing Corrective Action May Raise Further Challenges
    • Get in the Ring: Contractors Opposed to the Proposed Extension of Personal Conflicts of Interest Should Put Up a Fight
    • Babies, Boats and GSA Schedules
  • January 1, 2014

    In this issue:

    • Are You Ready for the Cybersecurity Boom?
    • Size Appeal of Mali, Inc., SBA No. SIZ-5506 (2013)
    • Be A Resolved Employer in 2014
    • 2014: Year of the WOSB
  • October 1, 2013

    In This Issue:

    • The Importance of a Good Prenuptial Agreement for Your Company
    • Strategic Sourcing: Risks and Opportunities for Small Businesses
    • SBA Provides New Set-Aside Authorities for Multiple Award Contracts
    • Labor and Employment Law Update: Supreme Court to Decide Several Cases with Important Ramifications for Employers
  • July 1, 2013

    In This Issue:

    • Protecting Your Trade Secrets
    • Mitigating Risk in the Wake of SBA's New Presumed Loss Rule
    • WOSB/EDWOSB Programs: A Primer
    • Labor and Employment Law Update: Healthcare Mandate Delayed, but Important Deadlines Remain
  • April 1, 2013

    In This Issue:

    • Beware of "Boilerplate" When Drafting Contract Provisions
    • PilieroMazza Seminars and Events
    • Lowest Price Technically Acceptable: It Doesn't Work for Your Retirement Plan Either
    • Risks of Delaying Your Debriefing Until After Award
    • HUBZone Designation Update
  • January 1, 2013

    In This Issue:

    • Changes Coming to GSA Schedule Contracts In 2013
    • Executive Order 13495, Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers Under Service Contracts
    • Proper Planning for Government Accounting Requirements Key to Growth & Success for Small Businesses in 2013
    • Recent Decisions Underscore the Importance of Timely and Proper Submission of Claims