PilieroMazza Legal Advisor – Fourth Quarter 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

OFCCP Rules Regarding Veterans and the Disabled will be Effective March 24, 2014

Two new rules affecting the implementation of the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (“VEVRAA”), governing protected veterans, and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act (“Section 503”), governing persons with disabilities were published in the Federal Register on September 24, 2013. The rules become effective on March 24, 2014 and federal contractors and subcontractors must largely come into compliance with the rules by that date. Contractors with affirmative action programs in place on March 24, 2014 may maintain them until . . . Read More

“Military Contract Appeals Board Case Shows Risks of Fraud,” LAW360 article by Cy Alba

The Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals recently found that Dongbuk R&U Engineering Co. Ltd. was not entitled to payment for the services performed due to alleged fraudulent conduct of at least one of the company’s officers. This should come as no surprise in the current economic environment, but the degree to which such scrutiny can impact a firm’s ongoing business may raise some eyebrows, says Isaias Alba of PilieroMazza PLLC. Click here to download Cy Alba’s LAW360 Article from September 20, . . . Read More

OFCCP Announces New Regulations on Disability and Veterans Employment

On August 27, 2013, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) announced new rules outlining how federal contractors should handle their affirmative action and nondiscrimination obligations for protected veterans and for individuals with disabilities under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (“VEVRAA”), governing protected veterans, and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act (“Section 503”), governing persons with disabilities. The new rules attempt to measure federal contractors’ progress toward achieving equal opportunity for people with disabilities and protected veterans . . . Read More

Weekly Update Report for August 9, 2013

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS DoD, GSA and NASA Issue Proposed Rule Regarding Contractor Comment Period, Past Performance Evaluations DFARS DoD Issues Guidance for Use of AbilityOne Base Supply Center Program Rule Would Boost Consideration of Contractor Past Performance DoD Cuts Furlough Days to Six Vendor Settles in Case Over Chinese-Made Supplies Notices Issued by the Committee for the Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled SMALL BUSINESS SBA Publishes Notice for SBIR/STTR Commercialization Benchmark Scroll down to read this week’s . . . Read More

New SBA Rule Imposes Stricter Standards Affecting Size and Status Representations

Last Friday, the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) issued the long-awaited final rule implementing provisions of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (“Jobs Act”) pertaining to small business size and status integrity. The new rule, while softened from the proposed rule, implements a strict standard with wide-ranging consequences for contractors representing their size or status under the System for Award Management (“SAM”) database or submitting a proposal under a solicitation reserved or intended for small businesses or businesses participating . . . Read More