A Win for Employers Enforcing Restrictive Covenants in Virginia

By Julia Di Vito The enforceability of a restrictive covenant in an employment agreement, including a non-competition, non-solicitation, or non-disclosure provision, depends greatly on the state in which the covenant is to be enforced. In Virginia, courts will not “blue pencil” or modify restrictive covenants, and thus if the restrictive covenant is unenforceable as written, then a court will not enforce it at all. Other states are more flexible and will enforce restrictive covenants to the extent they are reasonable. . . . Read More

Yet Another Recertification Rule

On December 29, 2014, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) issued a proposed rule to implement the subcontracting limitation requirements mandated by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013. Buried therein was a new proposed regulation with regard to recertification of size prior to a contract award. Under this new, proposed size recertification rule, firms that are bidding on small business set-aside contracts will need to recertify their size prior to an award if they engage in a merger and/or an . . . Read More

When Should you File a Contract Disputes Act Claim?

By Julia Di Vito Under the Contract Disputes Act (“CDA”), a contractor must submit a claim within six years of accrual of the claim. A claim is simply a written demand for payment directed to the contracting officer (“CO”) that indicates that it is requesting a final decision. Although six years seems like more than enough time to submit a claim, it is best to not take that time period for granted. Determining when a claim actually accrues can pose . . . Read More

The “Rule of Two” For Orders Placed Against Multiple Award Contracts: The Other Shoe Has Dropped

As many of you may recall, Congress passed the Small Business Jobs Act (“Act”), in July 2010. The purpose of the Act was to ameliorate the effects of the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent recession. Although the Act expanded opportunities for small business there were, nonetheless, some provisions which, in fact, made doing business with the Government somewhat more difficult for small business contractors. In particular, Section 1331 of the Act mandated the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (“OFPP”) and . . . Read More

Analysis of SBA’s Proposed Rule Regarding Limitations on Subcontracting

On December 29, 2014, the Small Business Administration (SBA) published its proposed rule to implement provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA) that change the way firms calculate compliance with the limitation on subcontracting rule on small business set-asides. SBA’s proposed rule also proposes changes dealing with the nonmanufacturing rule, including affiliation and joint ventures, among other topics. On Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. EDT, join Pam Mazza and Katie Flood, attorneys in our Government . . . Read More

Analysis of SBA’s Proposed Rule Regarding Limitations on Subcontracting

On December 29, 2014, the Small Business Administration (SBA) published its proposed rule to implement provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA) that change the way firms calculate compliance with the limitation on subcontracting rule on small business set-asides. SBA’s proposed rule also proposes changes dealing with the nonmanufacturing rule, including affiliation and joint ventures, among other topics. This memorandum provides our analysis of the new rules.