Weekly Update for Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses – September 30, 2021

If you have questions concerning the content below, please visit this link . Upcoming Events: Register to attend PilieroMazza’s upcoming events here . Recent Thought Leadership: Check out PilieroMazza’s recent client alerts and blogs here . LABOR & EMPLOYMENT New Vaccine Mandate Guidance Issued for Federal Contractors: 5 Things You Need to Know, September 27, 2021, Nichole Atallah , Sarah Nash , and Matthew Stokes On September 24, 2021, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force (Task Force) issued much-anticipated guidance (Guidance) regarding President Biden’s Executive Order 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal . . . Read More

How Government Contractors Can Mitigate Potential Impacts of a Government Shutdown

As of this writing, and in the absence of a continuing resolution being enacted by Congress, there will be a shutdown of most government operations on October 1, 2021.  It is not clear whether the House and the Senate will be able to pass a continuing resolution before that date.  PilieroMazza summarizes below steps government contractors should consider to prepare for and mitigate damages arising from a government shutdown.  We also identify important labor and employment issues that contractors should keep . . . Read More

New Vaccine Mandate Guidance Issued for Federal Contractors: 5 Things You Need to Know

On September 24, 2021, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force (Task Force) issued much-anticipated guidance (Guidance) regarding President Biden’s Executive Order 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors. Issued September 9, 2021, Executive Order 14042 announced that parties who contract with the federal government would soon be subject to mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations. The Task Force’s Guidance sets forth required workplace safety protocols for federal contractors and subcontractors with a covered contract, including details on the implementation of President Biden’s vaccine . . . Read More

Weekly Update for Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses – September 23, 2021

If you have questions concerning the content below, please visit this link . Upcoming Events: Register to attend PilieroMazza’s upcoming events here . Recent Thought Leadership: Check out PilieroMazza’s recent client alerts and blogs here . LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION “Let’s Get Surety” Podcast: Cy Alba and Matt Feinberg Discuss False Claims Act Implications in the Construction and Surety Industries, September 17, 2021, Cy Alba and Matt Feinberg Kat Shamapande, host of the podcast “Let’s Get Surety”, spoke recently with PilieroMazza’s Cy Alba and Matt Feinberg, partners in the Firm’s False . . . Read More

New Developments in President Biden’s COVID-19 Requirements for Government Contractors

On September 16, 2021, President Biden released new guidance on implementing COVID-19 mandates for businesses working with the federal government.  PilieroMazza ’s Labor & Employment Group highlights below important guidelines government contractors need to follow in order to comply.  Please visit this link to access our September 10, 2021 Client Alert on this topic. New Developments on Complying with COVID-19 Mandate The Safer Federal Workforce Task Force (Task Force) confirmed on Monday that, for the time being, unvaccinated employees of government contractors will continue to be permitted access . . . Read More

President Biden Issues Unprecedented COVID-19 Requirements for Private Employers and Government Contractors on National Scale

On September 9, 2021, the Biden Administration announced sweeping updates to its national strategy to combat COVID-19. The updates come less than a month after the Food and Drug Administration fully approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and as the country continues to experience a rise in COVID-19 cases. The plan, which still leaves a number of unanswered questions, including in certain cases a timeline for implementation, is available here . Below is PilieroMazza’s summary of key updates to the Biden Administration’s vaccination . . . Read More

The FAR’s Revised Limitations on Subcontracting: What You Need to Know

On August 11, 2021, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council (FAR Council) issued a final rule revising and standardizing the limitations on subcontracting (LOS), including the nonmanufacturer rule, that apply to small business concerns under Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) part 19, more closely aligning them with Small Business Administration (SBA) regulations. The final rule becomes effective today, September 10, 2021, and is summarized in more detail below. The FAR Council’s long-awaited LOS rule finally addresses major differences that had existed between SBA’s regulations . . . Read More

Civilian Agency Acquisition Council Authorizes Agencies to Issue Class Deviations to Make Limitations on Subcontracting Compliance More Uniform

Westlaw Today recently published an article by  Sam Finnerty  titled “Civilian Agency Acquisition Council Authorizes Agencies to Issue Class Deviations to Make Limitations on Subcontracting Compliance More Uniform.” The article covers a recent Civilian Agency Acquisition Council memorandum authorizing civilian agencies to issue Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) class deviations to adopt certain exceptions to the limitations on subcontracting requirements for small businesses. The exceptions are already specifically outlined in the Small Business Administration’s regulations, but they have not yet been added to the . . . Read More

Weekly Update for Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses – August 26, 2021

If you have questions concerning the content below, please visit this link . WEBINAR: Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Webinar Series: Password Protected: Essential Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Planning for Your Small Business, September 14, 2021, Anna Wright and Emily Rouleau . Read more here . WEBINAR: Exit Worth Celebrating – It’s Never Too Early to Plan for Your Exit, September 21, 2021, Cy Alba . Read more here . WEBINAR: Construction Webinar Series: DOT’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program: What Large and Small Construction Contractors Need to Know, September 23, . . . Read More

BREAKING: SBA to Suspend Bona Fide Place of Business Requirements for 8(a) Construction Contracts, Effective Immediately

Bibi Hidalgo , the Associate Administrator for SBA’s Office of Government Contracting and Business Development, just announced during her keynote address at the National 8(a) Association Alaska Regional Conference that SBA will be suspending the bona fide place of business requirement for 8(a) construction contracts, effective immediately. Ms. Hidalgo stated that SBA has been looking for ways to empower small businesses and lessen their burden. She accounted, “I am excited to announce today, for the first time, a new SBA policy, that . . . Read More