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

Weekly Update for Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses – February 24, 2021

If you have questions concerning the content below, please visit this link . PilieroMazza Celebrates Black History Month: For the  PilieroMazza  family,  Black History Month  is not only a celebration of the numerous contributions of people of color, but also highlights for us the efforts our  Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee  undertakes throughout the year to cultivate an inclusive environment for all our colleagues. Read more here . PODCAST: Mergers and Acquisitions in Healthcare: Getting Your House in Order, February 24, 2021, Kathryn Hickey . Tune in here . WEBINAR: Exit Strategies for GOVCONs . . . 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 positon 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

Weekly Update for Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses – February 19, 2021

If you have questions concerning the content below, please visit this link . WEBINAR: Risk Prevention Strategies: Avoiding Costly FLSA Missteps, February 24, 2021, Nichole Atallah  and  Matt Feinberg . Read more here . COVID-19 Client Resource Center: To access resources for businesses navigating the COVID-19 crisis, we invite you to visit PilieroMazza’s “ COVID-19 Client Resource Center .” Contact covid19@pilieromazza.com for immediate assistance. GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS SBA Takes Steps to Address PPP Validation Error Problems, February 12, 2021, Cy Alba On February 10, 2021, the Small Business Administration (SBA) announced new policy changes to the . . . Read More

PilieroMazza Celebrates Black History Month

“Each one of us is here because somebody before us did something to make it possible. What we must do is commit ourselves to some future that can include each other and work toward that future with the particular strengths of our individual identities.” Excerpt from Audre Lorde ’s speech “Learning from the 60s.” For the PilieroMazza family, Black History Month is not only a celebration of the numerous contributions of people of color, but also highlights for us the efforts our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee undertakes throughout the year . . . Read More

ANNOUNCEMENT: Michael Thurmond Joins PilieroMazza’s Business & Transactions Group

PilieroMazza is pleased to announce that Michael Thurmond has joined the Firm as an Associate in its  Business & Transactions Group . He supports clients in mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. “Michael’s understanding of business priorities in M&A and 360-degree approach to private equity deals are a perfect fit for our team—and our clients,” said  Kathryn Hickey , Practice Group Chair for the Business & Transactions Group. Michael conducts all phases of due diligence investigations, including preparing memoranda and disclosure schedules. He also advises clients on general . . . Read More

Government Purpose Rights in Technical Data and Software Developed with DOD Funding

When you develop technical data or software, in whole or in part, with government funding, it is important to know the scope of data rights that the government will obtain at the outset, both with respect to components that were developed solely at private expense and those that were developed with government funding. However, because technical data and software are often developed with multiple funding sources and are continually updated and improved, it can be difficult to determine these data . . . Read More

SBA Takes Steps to Address PPP Validation Error Problems

On February 10, 2021, the Small Business Administration (SBA) announced new policy changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) meant to address an ongoing issue loan applicants face regarding validation error codes. These error codes serve as validation checks to combat fraud and prevent improper loans from being issued to ineligible businesses. However, many eligible businesses have received such error codes during the application and forgiveness process, delaying necessary economic relief. SBA’s new changes grant additional authorities to lenders for borrowers . . . Read More

The First 100 Days: President Biden’s Buy American Executive Order, What Government Contractors Need to Know

President Biden signed an executive order (EO) on January 25, 2021, titled “Ensuring the Future Is Made in All of America by All of America’s Workers.” Referring broadly to all statutes, regulations, rules, and executive orders that relate to Buy America, Buy American, or domestic sourcing requirements as “Made in America Laws,” the EO expresses the new administration’s policy that the U.S. government should maximize the use of domestic products and services and “should, whenever possible, procure goods, products, materials, and services . . . Read More