PilieroMazza Earns #1 Spot for Government Contracts Thought Leadership on JD Supra

PilieroMazza attorneys and their thought leadership have taken the #1 government contracting position—for a fourth consecutive year—in JD Supra’s Readers Choice Awards . Cy Alba and Nichole Atallah , partners in PilieroMazza’s Government Contracts and Labor & Employment for Government Contractors practice groups, respectively, were recognized as the Firm’s leading authors, earning a place among JD Supra’s top 10 authors in government contracting. “This is a great achievement for Cy, Nichole, and PilieroMazza’s Government Contracts Group. We are honored that readers engage with and value our content as they address their business and legal concerns,” said  Tony Franco , the Firm’s Managing Partner. . . . Read More

Changes to Pay Equity Law Are Coming: It’s Time to Consider Auditing Your Pay Practices

Amidst all of the promises and actions taken by the Biden Administration, the topic of pay equity is gaining more and more attention. While there has been growing momentum on the issue for years now, the Biden Administration is making it clear that that momentum will materialize into actual changes in the law on the federal front. As such, it is critical that commercial businesses and federal contractors take proactive measures now, including conducting proactive pay analyses with legal counsel, . . . Read More

PilieroMazza’s Nichole Atallah Comments on DOL Targeting Government Contractors for Wage Enforcement

U.S. Labor Department (DOL) leaders are planning to ramp up enforcement of wage standards on federally funded construction and service projects […]. The changes the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division is formulating—which could rank among its biggest initial policy moves under the new administration—would support the infrastructure and jobs package President Joe Biden is planning to roll out. […] DOL has begun preparations to expand its investigative capacity under two statutes that require government contractors to pay workers prevailing wages and benefits […]: the . . . Read More

COVID-Related Construction Claims: 4 Key Strategies for Recovery

The construction industry has seen increased costs and contract performance concerns resulting from the impacts of COVID-19. For construction firms contracting with the government, it is critical to understand how to position the firm to recover increased costs. Following are four key recovery strategies to better prepare you before filing a claim or request for equitable adjustment (REA). 1. Understand How Contract Provisions Help Carefully examine the contract to identify provisions that may excuse delays or provide for recovery in . . . Read More

Maryland Essential Workers’ Protection Act: How It May Impact Maryland Employers

Although many employers have taken discretionary measures to protect essential employees, there are currently few mandated health and safety requirements at the federal or state level. On January 20, 2021, the Maryland General Assembly’s Senate and House of Delegates introduced the Maryland Essential Workers’ Protection Act . With the bill, Maryland is now considering joining the growing group of states that are imposing requirements on employers who employ essential workers or require employees to work on-site. If passed, it would require employers who employ “essential . . . Read More

How Government Contractors Should Prepare for Biden’s Mask-Wearing Mandate

On his first day in office, President Biden signed Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing (EO), which requires federal agencies to issue guidance that complies with the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) recommended public health measures for combatting COVID-19, such as physical distancing and mask-wearing. On January 24, 2021, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), in accordance with the EO, issued a memorandum to assist agencies in preparing their COVID-19 workplace safety plans, and they will have until January 29, 2021, to submit their drafts to the OMB for review. . . . Read More

2021 Labor and Employment Spotlight: A List of Key Legal Updates for Employers

Undeniably, 2020 was a year like no other. Faced with a global pandemic and a tumultuous election, employers were presented with a unique set of challenges and a myriad of new—and at times, very vague—laws and regulations. Despite the start of a new year and a new administration in just a week, much of 2020 still lingers on, including some of its novel policies. However, the new year and new administration also signal a shift in direction for labor and . . . Read More

SBA Provides Direction for PPP Round Deux Loans and Second Draw Loans

On January 6, 2021, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued its first round of formal guidance for the new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the second-draw PPP loans, which we first discussed here . SBA also gave some indication of plans for the second round of the PPP. SBA’s guidance can be found here for the next phase of PPP and here for the second-draw program. Below are key updates for businesses that need access to this important source of relief funding. As . . . Read More

To Offer or Not to Offer FFCRA Leave?

Earlier this month we reported that under the latest stimulus bill, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) mandatory leave requirements expire on December 31, 2020. However, the bill, which was signed into law on December 27, does include the option for employers to voluntarily continue to provide employees with FFCRA leave – and in turn to receive a tax credit for such qualified leave – through March 31, 2021. Companies should note that while the deadline to take advantage . . . Read More

PPP Round Deux: Who Qualifies, For How Much, and Forgiveness Changes

While the President vetoed the 2021 NDAA—and has put COVID relief into question—he has not yet acted on the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, which contained the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act (the Act) dealing with the second round of PPP Loans.  So, while the Act may be in jeopardy of a veto also, it has not yet occurred and, regardless, it is likely many of the PPP Loan provisions contained in the Act will be . . . Read More