PilieroMazza PLLC. RSS Feedhttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10en-us05 Dec 2019firmwisehttp://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rssCommon Mistakes HR Professionals Make in Government Contractinghttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=101157&format=xml15 Jan 2020Events<table width="100%" border="0" align="center" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong><br /> Speaker:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/nichole-d-atallah/5" target="_blank">Nichole Atallah</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/sarah-l-nash/32" target="_blank">Sarah Nash</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Program:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Common Mistakes HR Professionals Make in Government Contracting</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong><br /> Date/Time:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>January 15, 2020 / TBD</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Organizer:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Dulles&nbsp;Society for Human Resource Management&nbsp;(SHRM)</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Location:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>TBD</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Registration:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>TBD</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Description:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Working as a human resources professional in government contracting requires agility and understanding how additional federal regulations impact human capital management. During this presentation, we will dive into the intersection between human resources and government contractors. In particular, we will look at the most common mistakes that are made that lead to legal liability.<br /> <br /> Learning objectives:</div> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;">Knowledge of regulations that apply to HR professionals working for government contractors</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">How to apply generally applicable laws to the government contracting context</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Tips to mitigate legal liability</li> </ul> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10Labor and Employment for Government Contractors: Yes, There Is a Difference!https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=100113&format=xml17 Dec 2019Events<table width="100%" border="0" align="center" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong><br /> Speaker:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/nichole-d-atallah/5" target="_blank">Nichole Atallah</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Program:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Labor and Employment for Government Contractors&mdash;Yes, There Is a Difference!</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong><br /> Date/Time:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>December 17, 2019 / 12:45 PM ET</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Organizer:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Native Edge Institute, National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Location:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>TBD</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Registration:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Private Event</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Description:</strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td> <div>Join&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/nichole-d-atallah/5" target="_blank">Nichole Atallah</a>&nbsp;to get the inside scoop on labor and employment considerations for companies contracting with the federal government.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Government contractors are not only required to comply with federal and state law, but must also be compliant with the Federal Acquisition Regulation. Additionally, there are many labor and employment law pitfalls that are particularly problematic for government contractors. In this session, you will learn:</div> <ul> <li>requirements of FAR Part 22;</li> <li>when prevailing wage laws might apply;</li> <li>common compliance challenges; and</li> <li>how to avoid costly DOL and OFCCP Audits.</li> </ul> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10WEBINAR: Resolving Onboarding Mistakes That Cause Legal Problems on Federal Contractshttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=96834&format=xml11 Dec 2019Events<table width="100%" border="0" align="center" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong><br /> Speaker:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/nichole-d-atallah/5" target="_blank">Nichole Atallah</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Program:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Resolving Onboarding Mistakes That Cause Legal Problems on Federal Contracts</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong><br /> Date/Time:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>December 11, 2019 / 2:00 PM ET</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Event:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>PilieroMazza Webinars</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Organizer:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/" target="_blank">PilieroMazza PLLC</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Location:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Webinar</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Registration:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Visit this <u><a href="https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2524601144919584012" target="_blank">link</a></u> to register.</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Description:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td> <div style="text-align: justify;">When employment claims arise, clients often look back at onboarding and find that mistakes made at the outset of employment set the stage for the complaint. Join <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/" target="_blank">PilieroMazza</a>&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=5&amp;LPA=6651&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11186" target="_blank">Labor &amp; Employment Law Group</a> as we discuss the major onboarding errors that lead to employment claims and how to resolve them well before they cause trouble for federal contractors and subcontractors. We will provide insights and strategies to help contractors gain a competitive advantage through discussions of:</div> <ul> <li>identifying pre-bid concerns that can cause onboarding conflict;</li> <li>approaching and negotiating with incumbent employees;</li> <li>critical onboarding documentation and considerations; and</li> <li>how to resolve onboarding errors if they occur.</li> </ul> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10WEBINAR: Changes to SBA's HUBZone Program Are Here: Their Impact on Your Business Goalshttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=100291&format=xml10 Dec 2019Events<div align="center"> <table border="0" width="100%" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><b>Speakers:<br /> </b></p> </td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td> <p><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=3&amp;A=12460&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11185">Jon Williams</a> and <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=3&amp;A=12468&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11185">Katie Flood</a></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><b>Program:<br /> </b></p> </td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td> <p>Changes to SBA's HUBZone Program Are Here: Their Impact on Your Business Goals</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><b>Date/Time:<br /> </b></p> </td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td> <p>December 10, 2019 / 2:00 PM EST</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><b>Event:<br /> </b></p> </td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td> <p>PilieroMazza Webinars</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><b>Organizer:<br /> </b></p> </td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td> <p><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/">PilieroMazza PLLC</a></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><b>Location:<br /> </b></p> </td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td> <p>Webinar</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><b>Registration:<br /> </b></p> </td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td> <p>Visit this <u><a href="https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7995210255179253005" target="_blank">link</a></u>&nbsp;to register.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p><b>Description:</b>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td valign="top"> <div>Effective December 26, 2019, the Small Business Administration (SBA) will implement final rules overhauling regulations for the Historically Underutilized Business Zone Program (HUBZone Program). The new rules will (1) offer HUBZone firms reduced regulatory burdens, (2) help government agencies by eliminating ambiguities in the regulations, and (3) make it easier for HUBZone firms to understand and comply with Program requirements.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To get ahead of the new rules, please join Jon Williams and Katie Flood&mdash;members of PilieroMazza&rsquo;s Government Contracts Group&mdash;on December 10, 2019, for a webinar geared toward understanding how the HUBZone requirements are changing and what government contractors need to do to adjust their HUBZone compliance strategies as of the end of this year when the new rules take effect. The rule changes are relevant for current HUBZone firms, prospective HUBZone firms, and businesses that partner with HUBZone firms.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Learning objectives include:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&bull; How are the current HUBZone eligibility requirements changing?</div> <div>&bull; What are the new HUBZone requirements and SBA&rsquo;s approach to applying them?</div> <div>&bull; How should you adjust your compliance strategies under the new rules?</div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10SBA's Proposed Rule Changes to 8(a) and Mentor-Protégé Programshttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=99963&format=xml05 Dec 2019Events<div sc-esjqyd=""> <div sc-kipqke=""> <div dir="auto" data-description-content="true"> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div align="center"> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><br /> <strong>Speakers:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></p> </td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td> <p><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/meghan-f-leemon/30">Meghan Leemon</a> and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/samuel-s-finnerty/34" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/samuel-s-finnerty/34">Sam Finnerty</a></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><br /> <strong>Program:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> </td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>SBA&rsquo;s Proposed Rule Changes to 8(a) and Mentor-Prot&eacute;g&eacute; Programs</td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><br /> <strong>Date/Time:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> </td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td> <p>December 5, 2019 / 12:00 PM ET to 2:00 PM ET</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><br /> <strong>Event:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> </td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td> <p>GovConnects Education Series</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><br /> <strong>Organizer:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> </td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Howard County Chamber of Commerce</td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><br /> <strong>Location:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> </td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Focal Point Academy<br /> 8890 McGaw Rd.<br /> Suite 204<br /> Columbia, MD 21045</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Registration:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Please visit this <a href="https://business.howardchamber.com/events/details/govconnects-education-series-sba-proposes-rule-changes-to-8-a-and-mentor-prot%C3%A9g%C3%A9-programs-1466?calendarMonth=2019-12-01">link</a> to register.</td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><br /> <strong>Description:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> </td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td> <p>Please join <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/">PilieroMazza</a>&nbsp;attorneys&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/meghan-f-leemon/30">Meghan Leemon</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/samuel-s-finnerty/34">Sam Finnerty</a>&nbsp;for lunch on December 5, 2019, as they&nbsp;share details on&nbsp;SBA's proposed rule and what this means&nbsp;for government contractors in the 8(a), joint venture and mentor-prot&eacute;g&eacute; programs, as well as the impact of the proposed changes governing size, status, and recertification affecting all small businesses. PilieroMazza is working in conjunction with the Howard County Chamber of Commerce to be proactive on this proposed rule and to disseminate details to the government contracting community as quickly as possible. Comments to the proposed rule are currently due January 17, 2020. To register, please visit this&nbsp;<a href="https://business.howardchamber.com/events/details/govconnects-education-series-sba-proposes-rule-changes-to-8-a-and-mentor-prot%C3%A9g%C3%A9-programs-1466?calendarMonth=2019-12-01" target="_blank">link</a>.&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10Effective January 6, 2020: SBA Adopts Five-Year Receipts Calculationhttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=101256&format=xml05 Dec 2019Client Alerts<p style="text-align: justify;">Effective January 6, 2020, SBA will change the period of measurement for receipts-based size calculations from three years to five years. This change is the result of the Small Business Runway Extension Act of 2018 and SBA&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/12/05/2019-26041/small-business-size-standards-calculation-of-annual-average-receipts">final rulemaking</a> on December 5, 2019.&nbsp;<b><i>This is a long-awaited change and will have far-reaching impacts for government contractors.</i></b></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Importantly, SBA is adopting a two-year transition period, until January 6, 2022, during which firms may choose to use either the current three-year calculation or the new five-year calculation.&nbsp;After January 6, 2022, all companies must use the five-year period of measurement in determining their size under a receipts-based calculation.&nbsp;PilieroMazza strongly advocated for a transition period <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/megan-connor-testified-before-the-house-small-business-committee">before Congress</a> and in its <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/7A2372/assets/files/News/PilieroMazza%20Comments%20to%20RIN%203245-AH16.pdf">comments </a>to SBA&rsquo;s rulemaking.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This shift from using a three-year period to a five-year period for the average annual receipts calculation will affect all of SBA&rsquo;s receipts-based size standards, though the change in calculation will not yet apply to the SBA Business Loan and Disaster Loan Programs, which will be handled in a separate rulemaking.&nbsp;SBA did not address in its rulemaking how SBA would view contractors that have been using the five-year period of measurement since the Runway Extension Act became law nearly a year ago.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">If you would like to know more about these changes and their potential impact on your company, please contact a member of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/">PilieroMazza</a>&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=5&amp;LPA=6648&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11186">Government Contracts Group</a>.<br /> <br /> The co-authors of this Client Alert, Firm Partner <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=3&amp;A=12471&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11185">Megan Connor</a> and Associate <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=3&amp;A=19350&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11185">Anna Wright</a>, are members of PilieroMazza&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=5&amp;LPA=6648&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11186">Government Contracts</a> and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=5&amp;LPA=6650&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11186">Small Business Programs &amp; Advisory Services</a> practice groups.</p>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10WEBINAR: Key Labor & Employment Rules for Government Contractorshttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=98638&format=xml04 Dec 2019Events<table width="100%" border="0" align="center" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong><br /> Speaker:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/nichole-d-atallah/5" target="_blank">Nichole Atallah</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Program:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Key Labor &amp; Employment Rules for Government Contractors</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong><br /> Date/Time:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>December 4, 2019 / 2:00 PM EST</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Event:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>PCI Webinar</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Organizer:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Public Contracting Institute</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Location:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Webinar</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Registration:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Visit this <u><a href="https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8971385265056306691" target="_blank">link</a></u>&nbsp;to register.</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Description:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td> <p style="text-align: justify;">As intricate as labor and employment requirements are, the rules for government contractors can be even more complicated. The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) provides a road map for requirements that are unique to federal government contractors and includes provisions such as human trafficking prevention, the Service Contract Act, the Davis Bacon Act, sick leave, and affirmative action requirements. During this virtual class, we will give those dusty old FAR provisions new life and provide a simple framework for you to digest the requirements. Following this session, you will have the tools to navigate and comply with these unique employment requirements.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10BLOG: OFCCP Releases Technical Assistance Guide for Construction Contractorshttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=101237&format=xml04 Dec 2019Blog<p style="text-align: justify;">In keeping with its commitment to offer more technical guidance for government contractors across all industries, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently published its Technical Assistance Guide (the Guide) for construction contractors. <b><i>The OFCCP released the Guide as a self-assessment tool to help contractors review the equal employment opportunity practices they have in place. Using this tool, and fixing issues it might reveal, may help construction contractors avoid potential investigation and interruption to their business operations.</i></b> For a full copy of the Guide, please visit OFCCP&rsquo;s website <a href="https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/Construction/files/ConstructionTAG.pdf">here</a>.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The Guide addresses key objectives for construction contractors, including understanding Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) legal obligations for federal contractors and implementing Standard Federal EEO Construction Contract Specifications.<br /> <br /> Three major laws are enforced by OFCCP &ndash;</p> <ol start="1" type="1"> <li>Executive Order 11246, as amended (Executive Order);</li> <li>Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Section 503); and</li> <li>Vietnam Era Veterans&rsquo; Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended (VEVRAA).</li> </ol> Assuming a contractor falls within the laws&rsquo; different thresholds, these laws provide that construction contractors may not discriminate, and in fact must take affirmative action to ensure equal employment, with respect to certain enumerated protected classes. Those classes include:&nbsp;race, color, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and protected veteran status.&nbsp;Covered contractors also are obligated to employ and advance in employment qualified individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.<br /> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Guide also provides step-by-step guidance on contractors&rsquo; obligations to include equal opportunity notices in job advertisements and solicitations, as well as equal opportunity clauses in their subcontracts and purchase orders. These requirements should not come as a surprise to experienced construction contractors, but the Guide does provide some helpful insights and reminders.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>Executive Order 11246</b><br /> Unlike federal supply and service contractors, federal construction contractors are not required to develop written Affirmative Action Programs (AAPs) for women and minorities under the Executive Order. Instead, in order to comply with the Executive Order, federal construction contractors must make good-faith efforts to meet OFCCP participation goals by taking 16 affirmative action steps outlined in the Guide. The 16 steps are bucketed under each of the following critical personnel activities: 1) Recruitment Practices; 2) Training; 3) EEO Policy and Implementation; 4) Personnel Operations; and 5) Contracting Activity.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Guide not only offers an overview of each step and its corresponding requirements, but also offers contractors helpful examples of best business practices.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>Section 503 and VEVRAA</b><br /> In addition to following the Executive Order affirmative action steps, contractors covered by the written affirmative action requirements of Section 503 and VEVRAA must develop written AAPs to demonstrate compliance with OFCCP&rsquo;s regulations implementing those two laws. The Guide offers some specific tips for AAP development. For example, the regulations require contractors to develop an AAP for each of the contractor&rsquo;s establishments, and the Guide outlines two ways construction contractors may prepare and maintain AAPs while remaining in compliance.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>Compliance Evaluations</b><br /> Also noteworthy is the Guide&rsquo;s extensive summary on how to prepare for a compliance evaluation. Indeed, OFCCP has reported completing over 1,300 compliance evaluations to date this fiscal year, 12 of which have been with construction contractors. The Guide offers an overview of what specific documented evidence compliance officers may be looking for, including evidence documenting the implementation of each of the specific affirmative action steps, evidence of compliance with the specific Section 503 and VEVRAA obligations, and evidence demonstrating that the contractor has complied with the applicable equal opportunity and affirmative action clauses.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Guide provides an extensive overview of what obligations federal construction contractors have, as well as providing practical examples of how contractors can comply and best practices.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">If you need assistance ensuring you are in compliance with OFCCP rules and regulations or are preparing for a compliance evaluation, please contact a member of <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/">PilieroMazza</a>&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=5&amp;LPA=6651&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11186">Labor &amp; Employment Group</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=3&amp;A=19561&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11185">Sara Nasseri</a>, the author of this blog, is a member of the Firm&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=5&amp;LPA=6651&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11186">Labor &amp; Employment Group</a>.</p>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10BLOG: No More "Consent to Subcontract" for 8(a) Firmshttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=101223&format=xml03 Dec 2019Blog<p style="text-align: justify;">Firms that participate in the U.S. Small Business Administration (&ldquo;SBA&rdquo;) 8(a) program operate in a highly regulated environment. For years, 8(a) firms were required to seek approval, or &ldquo;consent to subcontract,&rdquo; from contracting officers and SBA to subcontract work on an 8(a) contract. In September, with little fanfare, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council removed the consent-to-subcontract requirement from two Federal Acquisition Regulation (&ldquo;FAR&rdquo;) clauses (FAR 52.219-12 and 52.219-17), which are supposed to be incorporated in all 8(a) contracts. According to the Council, this was done after SBA removed the rarely enforced requirement from its regulations. The final regulations took effect in October. The removal of the consent-to-subcontract requirement is welcome news for 8(a) firms, who faced exposure to adverse contractual remedies if accused of violating the requirement.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Although the requirement was rarely enforced, some agencies have viewed a lack of approval to subcontract as reason to question payments made by 8(a) firms to subcontractors. Indeed, more than one of our 8(a) clients has had to battle audit agencies that have attempted to claw back funds because there was no evidence that SBA and/or the contracting officer had consented to subcontract(s). In our experience, 8(a) firms reasonably assumed that the government had approved their subcontracts based on the 8(a) firm&rsquo;s proposal identifying teaming partners. Acceptance of the proposal arguably implied that the agency had consented to the subcontract(s). Unfortunately, due to the FAR clauses, some audit agencies would make the now obsolete requirement a bone of contention years after work was performed.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Now, fortunately, 8(a) firms no longer need to worry about the consent-to-subcontract requirement specific to 8(a) contracts. Of course, like all government contractors, 8(a) firms still need to make sure other consent-to-subcontract requirements are not buried in a FAR clause within the prime contract. Consent-to-subcontract requirements are incorporated in many prime contracts, such as cost reimbursement, time and material, labor hour, and architect-engineer services contracts. 8(a) firms should not view the change in the FAR clauses specific to 8(a) contracts as giving them a pass on the need to seek agency approval to subcontract on a particular prime contract &mdash; 8(a) or non-8(a). For questions regarding consent-to-subcontract requirements in your contract, please reach out to a member of <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/" target="_blank">PilieroMazza</a>&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/government-contracts" target="_blank">Government Contracts Group</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/antonio-r-franco/6" target="_blank">Tony Franco</a>, the author of this blog, is the Chair of the Firm&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/government-contracts" target="_blank">Government Contracts Group</a>.</p>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10SBA to Enact Significant Changes to Small Business Regulations Before 2020: Everything You Need to Knowhttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=101224&format=xml03 Dec 2019Client Alerts<p style="text-align: justify;">On November 29, 2019, the U.S. Small Business Administration (&ldquo;SBA&rdquo;) issued a <a href="https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-29/pdf/2019-25517.pdf" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-29/pdf/2019-25517.pdf">final rule</a> (&ldquo;Rule&rdquo;) that will implement several provisions of the National Defense Authorization Acts (&ldquo;NDAA&rdquo;) of 2016 and 2017 and the Recovery Improvements for Small Entities After Disaster Act of 2015 (&ldquo;RISE Act&rdquo;), as well as other clarifying amendments. As we <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/sba-proposes-significant-changes-to-its-small-business-regulations" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/sba-proposes-significant-changes-to-its-small-business-regulations">outlined</a> nearly a year ago when the Rule was first proposed, <em><b>these changes address key small business issues for government contractors, including: subcontracting plans, the non-manufacturer rule (&ldquo;NMR&rdquo;), Information Technology Value Added Reseller (&ldquo;ITVAR&rdquo;) procurements, limitations on subcontracting (&ldquo;LOS&rdquo;), recertification, size determinations, and the ostensible subcontractor rule.</b></em>&nbsp; Below, we summarize fundamental revisions, which take effect on December 30, 2019.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b><strong>Subcontracting Plans</strong></b><br /> Consistent with the 2017 NDAA, the Rule provides that it will be a material breach of contract when a contractor or subcontractor fails to comply in good faith with its subcontracting plan requirements, including failing to provide reports and/or cooperate in studies or surveys to determine the extent of compliance.&nbsp; The Rule provides a number of examples of what constitutes a failure to make &ldquo;good faith&rdquo; efforts, including, among others, (1) failing to timely submit subcontracting reports and (2) failing to pay small business subcontractors in accordance with the terms of the contract.&nbsp; According to SBA, the examples set forth in the Rule are not intended to be inclusive and factors beyond those identified in the Rule may be considered in determining whether good faith efforts were made. The Rule also provides that failure to make a good-faith effort may be considered in any past performance evaluation of the contractor.<br /> <br /> With respect to subcontracting plans, the Rule also requires other than small prime contractors with commercial subcontracting plans to include indirect costs in their subcontracting goals.<br /> <br /> <strong>Small Business Contracting in Disaster Areas</strong><br /> As provided in the RISE Act, SBA is establishing contracting preferences for small business concerns (&ldquo;SBC&rdquo;) located in disaster areas and will provide agencies with double credit for awards to such concerns.&nbsp; SBA will use the existing Federal Acquisition Regulation definitions to provide that an agency will receive credit for an &ldquo;emergency response contract&rdquo; awarded to a &ldquo;local firm&rdquo; that qualifies as an SBC under the applicable size standard for a &ldquo;major disaster or emergency area.&rdquo; According to the Rule, a concern is &ldquo;located in a disaster area,&rdquo; if, during the last twelve months, it had its main operating office in the area and that office generated at least half of the firm&rsquo;s gross revenues and employed at least half of the firm&rsquo;s permanent employees. The Rule provides a number of factors that SBA will consider if the firm does not meet the foregoing criteria in order to determine whether the firm resides or primarily does business in a disaster area.<br /> <br /> <strong>NMR Size Standard Does Not Apply to ITVAR Procurements</strong><br /> The Rule amends the NMR to expressly state that a firm may qualify as an SBC to provide manufactured products or other supply items as a nonmanufacturer if, among other things, it does not exceed 500 employees &ldquo;(or 150 employees for the Information Technology Value Added Reseller exception to NAICS Code 541519, which is found at &sect;&thinsp;121.201, footnote 18)&rdquo;.&nbsp; According to SBA, because contractors under the ITVAR exception are non-manufacturers, it would make no sense for SBA to retain a 150-employee size standard if concerns could also qualify under the NMR 500-employee size standard.<br /> <br /> <strong>Allowing a Set-Aside Within a Set-Aside</strong><br /> The Rule provides contracting officers the authority to set aside orders for a socio-economic small business program (e.g., 8(a), HUBZone, SDVO, WOSB) under a multiple award contract (&ldquo;MAC&rdquo;) awarded as a generic small business set-aside. This is significant because although SBA has considered implementing such a rule in the past, it has chosen not to, in part because it was concerned that such a rule would unfairly deprive SBCs of an opportunity to compete for orders issued under their MACs.&nbsp; Comments regarding this change were split, with those in opposition claiming that such a rule: &nbsp;</p> <ol start="1" type="1"> <li style="text-align: justify;">is unfair to the original small business awardee of the MAC;</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">will reduce competition for future task orders; and</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">will discourage SBCs from bidding on MACs in the future.&nbsp;</li> </ol> <p style="text-align: justify;">SBA believes these concerns are eased because the rule will only apply proactively and will not affect already awarded MACs (unless socio-economic set-asides were contemplated thereunder).&nbsp; More specifically, according to SBA, going forward, small businesses will know at the time of offer what kind of set-asides, if any, are available at the time of award and on future orders.&nbsp; Notably, however, the text of the Rule does not require a procuring agency to inform offerors whether it plans to make socio-economic set-asides down the road.&nbsp; Thus, it is unclear how this rule addresses the concerns raised by the opposition.<br /> <br /> <strong>Size Recertification</strong><br /> SBA is clarifying that recertification is required on full-and-open contracts when such contracts are awarded to SBCs.&nbsp; In addition, the Rule adds language to SBA&rsquo;s 8(a) regulations to require recertification under 8(a) contracts.&nbsp; Similar language can be found in SBA&rsquo;s SDVOSB, HUBZone, and WOSB/EDWOSB<a href="#_ftn1"><sup>[1]</sup></a> regulations, but had been missing from its 8(a) regulations.<br /> <br /> Moreover, the Rule provides that, if a prime contractor relies on a similarly situated subcontractor to meet the applicable performance requirements&mdash;and the similarly situated subcontractor has to recertify&mdash;the prime cannot count the subcontractor towards its performance requirements if the subcontractor recertifies as an entity other than that for which it previously certified.&nbsp; Interestingly, however, the Rule does not impose recertification requirements on the subcontractor, as the duty to recertify generally applies to prime contractors only. As such, it is unclear how this requirement will be administered.<br /> <br /> This rule was adopted as proposed despite the fact that 25 of the 32 comments received opposed the change and noted that the &ldquo;requirement would be overly burdensome and would add &lsquo;complexities to an already difficult compliance system.&rsquo;&rdquo;<br /> <br /> <strong>Limitations on Subcontracting</strong><br /> The Rule implements a number of revisions pertaining to LOS compliance.&nbsp; First, in response to public comment regarding a proposed revision that sought to clarify when an independent contractor can be counted as an employee for size and LOS purposes (a rule which commentators thought was confusing and unnecessarily difficult to comply with), SBA revised its LOS regulation to clarify that contractors should simply apply the analysis in 13 C.F.R. &sect;121.106(a) (i.e., SBA&rsquo;s rule regarding how it calculates a concern&rsquo;s number of employees) to determine whether independent contractors are employees or subcontractors.&nbsp; And, in situations where the independent contractor is a subcontractor&mdash;its work will count toward meeting the applicable LOS if it is a similarly situated entity.&nbsp; In other words, if the individual at issue is not an employee for size purposes, work performed by that individual must be considered a subcontract for LOS purposes.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Second, SBA is adding language to the LOS regulation to clarify that contracting officers may request information from contractors regarding LOS compliance and that evidence of compliance includes, but is not limited to, invoices, copies of subcontracts, or a list of the value of tasks performed.<br /> <br /> Lastly, in a welcome development, SBA is creating several exclusions from calculating LOS compliance where there are no small business providers, such as airline travel, cloud computing services, mass media purchases, or work performed by a transportation or disposal entity for a contract assigned under the environmental remediation NAICS code 562910.&nbsp; According to SBA, this list is not meant to be exhaustive.&nbsp; It allows a small business in another industry in a similar situation to the four delineated categories above to also demonstrate that certain direct costs should be excluded because they are not the principal purpose of the acquisition, and small business concerns do not provide the service.<br /> <br /> <strong>Ostensible Subcontractor</strong><br /> SBA is amending its regulations to allow an unsuccessful offeror, SBA, or a contracting officer to file a <u>size or status</u> protest regarding a socio-economic set-aside or sole-source award to a prime contractor that is unduly reliant on a small, but not similarly situated subcontractor or where the small, non-similarly situated subcontractor is performing the primary and vital requirements of the contract (commonly referred to as ostensible subcontractor affiliation).&nbsp; This is significant, as SBA&rsquo;s regulations have never provided such bases to protest.&nbsp; And, the allowance for a status protest is particularly significant.&nbsp; Indeed, it is possible that even if a prime contractor and its small (but not similarly situated) subcontractor are affiliated under the ostensible subcontractor rule as the result of a size protest, the prime contractor may still qualify as a small business and, therefore, remain eligible for the award.&nbsp; Thus, by providing for an ostensible subcontractor status protest in such a scenario, SBA has created a basis for such awardees to be deemed ineligible for award.&nbsp; Of further note, the Rule specifies that SBA will not find that a prime contractor is unduly reliant on one or more non-similarly situated subcontractors where the prime contractor can demonstrate that it, together with any similarly situated entity, will meet the LOS.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Finally, in response to a public comment recommending a comparable change with respect to SBA&rsquo;s rules regarding protests of SDVO eligibility for contracts awarded by the Department of Veterans Affairs (&ldquo;VA&rdquo;), SBA is adding a rule that authorizes a protest challenging whether a prime contractor is unusually reliant on a subcontractor that is not Center for Verification and Evaluation (&ldquo;CVE&rdquo;) verified, or a protest alleging that such subcontractor is performing the primary and vital requirements of a VA procurement contract.<br /> <br /> <strong>Kit Assemblers</strong><br /> SBA is also removing the kit assembler exception to the NMR. Instead, SBA will apply the multiple-item rule to kit assembler acquisitions. Under this rule, if the majority of the items in a kit are made by a small business, no waiver of the NMR is required.&nbsp; However, if the majority of the items are not made by a small business, a waiver of the NMR must be obtained.<br /> <br /> <strong>Size Determinations</strong><br /> SBA is also amending 13 C.F.R. &sect;&thinsp;121.404(a) to make it clear that size is generally determined at the time of initial offer or response including price&mdash;and not when other formal responses are received after the initial offer, such as final proposal revisions. Furthermore, SBA is adding a paragraph to the foregoing regulation to articulate an exception to this general rule. Namely, when an agency awards a MAC that does not require offers for the contract to include price, size will be determined on the date of initial offer for the contract, which may not include price.<br /> <br /> <strong>Other Changes</strong><br /> The Rule addresses a few other topics such as posting notice of substantial bundling, subcontracting compliance reviews, procurement center representative reviews, and set-asides where one offer is received.<br /> <br /> If you would like to know more about the Rule and its potential impact on your company, please contact a member of <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/">PilieroMazza</a>&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=5&amp;LPA=6648&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11186" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=5&amp;LPA=6648&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11186">Government Contracts Group</a>.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=3&amp;A=13124&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11185" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=3&amp;A=13124&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11185">Samuel Finnerty</a>, the author of this Client Alert, is a member of the Firm&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=5&amp;LPA=6648&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11186" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=5&amp;LPA=6648&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11186">Government Contracts</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=5&amp;LPA=6650&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11186" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=5&amp;LPA=6650&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11186">Small Business Programs &amp; Advisory Services</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=5&amp;LPA=8374&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11186" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=5&amp;LPA=8374&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11186">Government Contracts Claims and Appeals</a>&nbsp;practice groups.</p> <div><hr size="1" width="33%" align="left" /> </div> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="#_ftnref1">[1]</a> SDVOSB = Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business; HUBZone = Historically Underutilized Business Zones; WOSB = Woman Owned Small Business; EDWOSB = Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business.</p>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10