PilieroMazza PLLC. RSS Feedhttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10en-us23 Aug 2019firmwisehttp://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rssGrowth through Joint Ventures and Mentor-Protégé Relationshipshttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=95882&format=xml08 Nov 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/peter-b-ford/15" target="_blank">Peter Ford</a> and <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/meghan-f-leemon/30" target="_blank">Meghan Leemon</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>Growth through Joint Ventures and Mentor-Prot&eacute;g&eacute; Relationships</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Date/Time:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>November 8, 2019 / 3:30 PM CT</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong><br /> Event:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Business Beyond the Battlefield Conference 2019</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>National Veteran Small Business Coalition (NVSBC)</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Location:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><br /> Live! By Loews<br /> 1600 East Randol Mill Road<br /> Arlington, TX 76011<br /> &nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Registration:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Visit this&nbsp;<a href="https://www.bbbc19.com/" target="_blank"><u>link</u></a>&nbsp;for more information and 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><br /> In this session, Peter Ford and Meghan Leemon will discuss with participants the importance of having a well-shaped bidding strategy that includes joint venturing and participating in SBA&rsquo;s All Small Mentor-Prot&eacute;g&eacute; Program. The topics covered are SBA&rsquo;s rules for joint ventures; the advantages/disadvantages of joint venturing in the federal arena; the eligibility requirements for the All Small Mentor-Prot&eacute;g&eacute; Program; and the benefits the program has to offer. In addition, the session will touch on looming changes to the joint venture rules and the All Small Mentor-Prot&eacute;g&eacute; Program, such as consolidating the 8(a) Mentor-Prot&eacute;g&eacute; Program with the All Small Mentor-Prot&eacute;g&eacute; Program, eliminating SBA approval of 8(a) joint ventures for competitive contracts, and relaxing the requirement that a prot&eacute;g&eacute; can have only two mentors in its lifetime.</td> </tr> </tbody> </table>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10WEBINAR: Incentive Compensation Plans Designed to Retain Talent and Grow the Businesshttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=95495&format=xml15 Oct 2019Events<table width="100%" border="0" align="center" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong><br /> Speaker(s):<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/kathryn-l-hickey" target="_blank">Kathryn Hickey</a>&nbsp;</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>Incentive Compensation Plans Designed to Retain Talent and Grow the Business</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Date/Time:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>October 15, 2019 / 11:00 AM ET</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Event:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>No-Man's Land: The Quest to Successfully Navigate from Small Business Set Asides to Full and Open Competition</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Organizer:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>PilieroMazza and Aronson</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Location:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><br /> Webinar<br /> &nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Registration:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>TBD</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Description:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><br /> What does it take to get to the next level? How does a contractor successfully graduate from the small business designation to be a viable large business positioned for success and build shareholder value into the future? Join PilieroMazza's Kathryn Hickey and Aronson's Mike Muscatello as they identify common pitfalls and insights to become a viable and successful business in full and open competition.<br /> &nbsp;</td> </tr> </tbody> </table>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10Clearing a DOL Audithttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=95676&format=xml25 Sep 2019Events<table width="100%" border="0" align="center" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong><br /> Speakers:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/attorneys/details/nichole-d-atallah/5" target="_blank">Nichole Atallah</a>&nbsp;and <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>Clearing a DOL Audit</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong><br /> Date/Time:<br /> </strong></td> <td>September 25, 2019 / 10:00 AM ET&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Event:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>CYA in SCA: How to be Compliant &amp; Cost Effective</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Organizer:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>GovMates</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Location:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td><br /> GDIT<br /> Patriot Ridge Collaboration Center<br /> 7770 Backlick Road<br /> Springfield, VA 22150<br /> &nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Registration:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>Visit this&nbsp;<a href="http://govmates.com/institute/" target="_blank">link</a>&nbsp;to register.</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Description:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>TBD</td> </tr> </tbody> </table>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10WEBINAR: Subcontract Pricinghttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=95868&format=xml24 Sep 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/isaias-alba-iv/8" target="_blank">Cy Alba</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>Subcontract Pricing</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Date/Time:</strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>September 24, 2019 / 2:00 PM ET</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong><br /> Event:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Subcontracting Summit 2019</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Organizer:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Public Contracting Institute</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Location:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Webinar</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Registration:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Visit this&nbsp;<a href="https://www.cvent.com/events/subcontracting-summit-2019-subcontract-pricing/registration-77e34e92b1c24e9bbe8a88ed34cc1423.aspx?fqp=true" target="_blank"><u>link</u></a>&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><br /> TBD</td> </tr> </tbody> </table>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10WEBINAR: Top 10 Corporate Mistakes that Small Businesses Make in Federal Contractinghttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=95867&format=xml19 Sep 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/isaias-alba-iv/8" target="_blank">Cy Alba</a> and <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/kathryn-l-hickey" target="_blank">Kathryn Hickey</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>Top 10 Corporate Mistakes that Small Businesses Make in Federal Contracting</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Date/Time:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>September 19, 2019 / 12:00 PM ET&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong><br /> Event:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>0-60: Top Ten Virtual Class Series</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Organizer:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Public Contracting Institute</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Location:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Webinar</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Registration:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Visit this&nbsp;<a href="https://www.cvent.com/events/0-60-top-10-corporate-mistakes-that-small-businesses-make-in-federal-contracting/registration-20d5f17f3ac04261a705c65cb72e7c3f.aspx?fqp=true" target="_blank"><u>link</u></a>&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>TBD</td> </tr> </tbody> </table>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10Forming CTAs on GSA Scheduleshttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=95316&format=xml05 Sep 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/kathryn-v-flood/14" target="_blank">Katie Flood</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Program:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Forming CTAs on GSA Schedules&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Date/Time:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>September 5, 2019 / 10:30 AM ET</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong><br /> Event:<br /> <br type="_moz" /> </strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>2019 National HUBZone Conference</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Organizer:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>HUBZone Contractors National Council</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Location:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><br /> Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles<br /> 14750 Conference Center Drive<br /> Chantilly, VA 50151<br /> &nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Registration:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Visit this&nbsp;<a href="https://hubzonecouncil.org/event-3188948" target="_blank"><u>link</u></a>&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><br /> Although the FAR provides a fairly generic definition of a Contracting Team Arrangement (CTA), the concept means something very distinct when applied in pursuit of a GSA Schedule opportunity. Combining practical elements from both joint ventures and prime/subcontractor relationships, GSA provides contractors the opportunity to team together under a CTA umbrella so that the contracts can combine their respective Schedule offerings in response to the needs of an ordering agency. While GSA has released general guidance regarding the structure and form of these relationships, there are no official regulations governing them. There also appears to be a certain degree of confusion in the contracting community regarding when their use is appropriate, and who can be a CTA team member. Join Katie Flood of PilieroMazza PLLC&rsquo;s Government Contracts Group to help you sort through the confusion. <br /> <br /> Topics covered will include: <ul> <li>CTA basics;</li> <li>How CTAs are different than prime/subcontractor and joint venture relationships;</li> <li>Team member eligibility;</li> <li>Team lead considerations;</li> <li>Utilization of team members&rsquo; labor categories and rates;</li> <li>Key elements of a CTA document; and</li> <li>Special concerns that affect CTAs and CTA members</li> </ul> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10Legal and Practical Perspectives on Mergers & Acquisitionshttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=95315&format=xml05 Sep 2019Events<table width="100%" border="0" align="center" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong><br /> Speakers:<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/?t=3&amp;A=12460&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11185" target="_blank">Jon Williams</a>&nbsp;and <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/kathryn-l-hickey" target="_blank">Kathryn Hickey</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Program:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Legal and Practical Perspectives on Mergers &amp; Acquisitions</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Date/Time:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>September 5, 2019 / 11:45 AM ET&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Event:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>2019 National HUBZone Conference</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Organizer:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>HUBZone Contractors National Council</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Location:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><br /> Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles<br /> 14750 Conference Center Drive<br /> Chantilly, VA 50151<br /> &nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /> <strong>Registration:</strong><br /> &nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Visit this&nbsp;<a href="https://hubzonecouncil.org/event-3188948" target="_blank"><u>link</u></a>&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> <div><br /> PilieroMazza partners Kathryn Hickey and Jon Williams will be joined by Phil McMann, partner with Aronson Capital Partners, for an informative panel discussion on the &ldquo;Legal and Practical Perspectives on Mergers &amp; Acquisitions&rdquo; at this year&rsquo;s HUBZone Council National Conference. <br /> <br /> Topics Include:&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;1. The lifecycle of a transaction,&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;2. Current trends in M&amp;A transactions,&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;3. The legal and practical issues to consider before you do a deal, and&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;4. The impact of M&amp;A on government contracts and small business issues.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Kathryn, who leads PilieroMazza&rsquo;s Business &amp; Corporate Group, will share her experiences helping government contractors and commercial businesses navigate a wide variety of M&amp;A deals and will provide valuable insights on how to best utilize these critical growth and exit strategies.&nbsp; Jon, a partner in PilieroMazza&rsquo;s Government Contracts Group, will discuss how he works with Kathryn and other attorneys in PilieroMazza&rsquo;s Business &amp; Corporate Group to help clients through each stage of a transaction, including navigating clients through FAR, small business, and other regulatory compliance requirements.&nbsp; Phil, a leading advisor in the M&amp;A space with Aronson Capital Partners, will provide his perspectives on trends in M&amp;A, the art of the deal, and how to know when you are ready to buy or sell.&nbsp; This will be an interactive discussion with questions encouraged from the audience.<br /> &nbsp;</div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10BLOG: The Big Miss: When Job Misclassification Strikes Hardhttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=96245&format=xml23 Aug 2019Blog<p>Everywhere you look companies are being hit hard with claims of misclassification of workers under labor regulations. So far in August 2019, Department of Labor (DOL) has announced over $2 Million in damages paid to employees, and this doesn&rsquo;t even include voluntary settlements handled outside of DOL.&nbsp;In fact, General Dynamics was recently hit with a $170,000 settlement regarding claims that the company misclassified call center workers under the Service Contract Act (SCA).&nbsp;<b><i>To avoid such penalties and to remain legally compliant, employers&mdash;including government contractors&mdash;should seek experienced legal counsel to help them properly classify a position, as well as create a system for future classifications.</i></b></p> <p>Misclassification of work under prevailing wage laws and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is one of the most common infractions cited by DOL and settled by employers.&nbsp;Whether an employer is determining whether employees are exempt or non-exempt from the overtime requirements of the FLSA or subject to more particular classification under the Davis-Bacon Act (DBA) or the SCA, classification is one of the most difficult components of hiring and the most difficult to negotiate when faced with a claim.&nbsp;Why? Because a classification determination is extremely fact specific and subject to varying interpretations of job duties.&nbsp;</p> <p>For example, under the FLSA administrative exemption, employers must meet both the salary-basis requirements and a complex duties test. These can be difficult to meet for many mid-level positions that seem like they should be professional, but do not fit nicely into a DOL-prescribed exemption.&nbsp;Under the SCA and the DBA, government contractors must go one step further.&nbsp;After determining an employee is non-exempt, they must find a listed job classification published by DOL that at least loosely fits the work employees are actually performing.&nbsp;The catch is that contractors should be making this determination before they submit their bid for the work; however, they often only have a description of work set out in a solicitation or information about a prior contractor&rsquo;s classification of the work.&nbsp;In a perfect world, this would be at the complete discretion of the contractor, but often customer demands complicate the contractor&rsquo;s vision at the time of bid.&nbsp;</p> <p>Moreover, the world and scope of jobs is rapidly expanding, which continues to challenge traditional assumptions about job classifications.&nbsp;Likewise, DOL then has leeway to interpret to their liking the aging rules of classification.&nbsp;As the classification landscape continues to expand, so too will the challenges to employers when classifying employees and the judgements waged against them.&nbsp;Employers should ensure:</p> <p>1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; they take the deliberate step of recording their rationale behind classification of each position,</p> <p>2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; their rationale is in line with DOL requirements, and</p> <p>3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; that employees continue to work within their prescribed job descriptions.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you need assistance in classifying a position or help creating a system for classification that is legally compliant, 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 Law</a> team.</p> <p><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=3&amp;A=12473&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11185">Nichole Atallah</a>, the author of this blog, is a Partner in the Firm&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=5&amp;LPA=6651&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11186">Labor &amp; Employment Law</a> and <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=5&amp;LPA=6648&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11186">Government Contracts Law</a> practice groups.</p>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10BLOG: Prepare Now to Secure "Controlled Unclassified Information"https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=96220&format=xml21 Aug 2019Blog<p>Nowadays, many people are familiar with at least some types of protected information, whether in the form of personal health information or government-classified information. <b><i>But, contractors working with the Department of Defense (&ldquo;DoD&rdquo;) must remember to protect another type of information: controlled unclassified information (&ldquo;CUI&rdquo;).</i></b>&nbsp;<b><i>Failure by government contractors to put processes in place that protect CUI could result in the loss of contracting opportunities or potential False Claims Act-related litigation.&nbsp; </i></b>For more information about the far-reaching implications of cybersecurity requirements on government contractors, please also see <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=3&amp;A=13128&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11185">Matt Feinberg</a>&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/blog-have-the-flood-gates-opened-cisco-settles-firstofitskind-cybersecurity-false-claims-act-litigation">blog</a> on the recent settlement of a cybersecurity False Claims Act (&ldquo;FCA&rdquo;) litigation; <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=3&amp;A=12461&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11185">Isaias &ldquo;Cy&rdquo; Alba</a>&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/blog-cybersecurity-implied-certifications-and-the-false-claims-act">piece</a> about cybersecurity, implied certifications, and the FCA; and <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=3&amp;A=16740&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11185">Dave Shafer</a>&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/blog-department-of-defense-sets-course-on-cybersecurity-evaluation-and-enforcement">analysis</a> of current cybersecurity standards and the DoD&rsquo;s plans to remedy confusion.</p> <p>CUI refers to unclassified information that requires proper safeguarding in accordance with federal and DoD guidance.&nbsp;In 2010, President Barack Obama issued Executive Order 13556 in order to address agencies&rsquo; inconsistent methods for marking, controlling, and safeguarding CUI, which described CUI as including privacy, security, proprietary business interest, and law enforcement investigation information.&nbsp;In short, even though CUI is unclassified, it is still sensitive information that should be protected.</p> <p>Today, the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (&ldquo;DFARS&rdquo;) 252.204-7012 requires defense contractors that maintain CUI to implement the security controls specified in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (&ldquo;NIST&rdquo;) Special Publication (&ldquo;SP&rdquo;) 800-171.&nbsp;NIST SP 800-171 lists the security requirements for safeguarding sensitive information on non-federal information systems, which includes, among other things, user authentication, user access, media protection, and incident response.&nbsp;</p> <p>Last month, the DoD Office of Inspector General (&ldquo;OIG&rdquo;) issued a <a href="https://www.oversight.gov/sites/default/files/oig-reports/DODIG-2019-105.pdf">report</a> after it audited nine contractors with DoD contracts worth more than $1 million.&nbsp;The Secretary of Defense requested that the DoD/OIG conduct the audit to determine whether contractors were protecting CUI, especially in light of the 248 security incidents reported to the DoD Cyber Crime Center by 126 contractors from March 2015 to June 2018.&nbsp;The DoD/OIG found that DoD contractors did not consistently implement DoD-mandated security controls for safeguarding DoD information, including CUI.&nbsp;The DoD/OIG warned that failure to do so puts the DoD at a greater risk of its CUI being compromised by cyberattacks.</p> <p>If you are a defense contractor, ensure you are complying with DFARS 252.204-7012 and NIST SP 800-171, and make certain your compliance includes CUI.&nbsp;Review these resources and:</p> <ol start="1" type="1"> <li>use multifactor authentication,</li> <li>enforce the use of strong passwords,</li> <li>identify vulnerabilities in your system and network,</li> <li>mitigate those vulnerabilities,</li> <li>document and track cybersecurity incidents, and</li> <li>implement physical security controls.&nbsp;</li> </ol> <p>Members of <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/">PilieroMazza</a>&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/cybersecurity">Cybersecurity &amp; Data Privacy</a> practice group can analyze cybersecurity frameworks for compliance, develop information security programs, and help navigate the complex regulatory landscape while limiting liability exposure.</p> <p><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=3&amp;A=18216&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11185">Emily Rouleau</a>, an Associate with the Firm, is a member of the <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=5&amp;LPA=7764&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11186">Cybersecurity &amp; Data Privacy</a> and <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=5&amp;LPA=6648&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11186">Government Contracts Law</a> practice groups.</p>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10BLOG: Why Government Contractors Should Know About the Delaware LLC Division Statutehttps://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=40&an=96187&format=xml20 Aug 2019Blog<div>Relatively often in the government contracting industry a business finds itself in the position where, for one reason or another, it needs to split, fracture, or otherwise reorganize its operations by separating one line of business or division into a separate entity. When prime federal contracts are transferred from one entity to another, it often necessitates a novation agreement with the contracting government agency.&nbsp; Many government contractors discover the novation process to be relatively lengthy and burdensome, with the potential to delay or hinder the ultimate business objectives, and traditional corporate restructurings can be cumbersome and inefficient.&nbsp; <em><strong>The Delaware Limited Liability Company Act (DLLCA)</strong></em><sup><strong>1</strong></sup><em><strong> LLC Division Statute provides a potential streamlined path to entity reorganization.&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Common Reasons for Entity Restructuring<br /> </strong></div> <ol> <li>Perhaps the enterprise services both government and commercial customers, and it has become apparent that the two business lines are taking different paths and would be easier to manage under separate entities.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>In some cases, a small business enterprise may be approaching its size standard and is seeking to preserve its small business status by fracturing off a portion of its business into a separate, unaffiliated entity.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>In other instances, entity reorganization may be necessary for asset protection, tax, or other business reasons.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ol> <div>Whatever the reason, these types of restructurings often are accomplished via the creation of new sister companies or subsidiaries, with multiple steps involving distributions, contributions, and/or transfers of assets to achieve the ultimate structuring goal.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>How Divisive Mergers Could Streamline the Process&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Effective on August 1, 2018 the DLLCA was amended to include a new &sect; 18-217 which provides for the &ldquo;division&rdquo; of a Delaware limited liability company, or a &ldquo;divisive merger&rdquo; as the concept is described in the parallel Texas statute.&nbsp; Under the Delaware divisive merger statute, an existing Delaware LLC can adopt a plan of division and divide its assets and liabilities among itself and one or more new LLCs.&nbsp; Similar to a merger, the reorganization of assets and liabilities among the dividing LLCs is not considered a transfer or an assignment.&nbsp; This could prove useful in various scenarios, not the least of which is the fact that it could provide support for the argument that any prime federal contract assumed by a new entity via a Delaware LLC division would not require a novation agreement because it was not transferred in the traditional sense, but rather was assumed by operation of law, similar to a merger transaction.&nbsp; In this way, the Delaware LLC division can be a tool that, in the right circumstances, permits a more streamlined and efficient path to entity reorganization.&nbsp; &nbsp;In all cases, please consult with your tax and government contracts legal advisors before entering into any plan for a divisive merger or other business restructuring.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If you have questions related to business reorganizations, restructurings, conversions, or contract novations, 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=6649&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11186">Business &amp; Corporate Law Group</a>.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=3&amp;A=15674&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11185">Kathryn Hickey</a>, the author of this blog, is a Partner in the Firm&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=5&amp;LPA=6649&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11186">Business &amp; Corporate Law</a> and <a href="https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=5&amp;LPA=7764&amp;format=xml&amp;p=11186">Cybersecurity &amp; Data Privacy</a> practicce groups.</div> <div><br /> ______________________<br /> <br /> <sup>1</sup>Note that a similar statute exists in Texas (Texas Business Organizations Code Sections 1.002(15) and 10.008).&nbsp; Under Texas law, divisive mergers are permitted for corporations and partnerships as well as limited liability companies.<br /> &nbsp;</div>https://www.pilieromazza.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10