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    SCA Compliance Challenges in a COVID 19 Environment

    May 5, 2020

    Presented by Nichole Atallah and Sarah Nash.

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    If Service Contract Act (SCA) compliance wasn’t tricky enough already, federal and state programs providing for COVID-related leave and payments have raised unique SCA compliance concerns. In a time of uncertainty, the last thing government contractors need is to take an action that could precipitate a Department of Labor (DOL) investigation or client scrutiny. Join PilieroMazza’s Nichole Atallah and Sarah Nash as they examine practical strategies to help avoid SCA pitfalls when implementing COVID-related leave and payment policies.

    Learning objectives:

    • impact of Emergency Sick Leave on SCA compliance;
    • influence of the CARES Act on SCA compliance;
    • vacation payouts for furloughed personnel; and
    • DOL audit risk and exposure.

    The False Claims Act: 2019 Takeaways and 2020 Trends

    April 2, 2020

    Presented by Matt Feinberg and Jackie Unger.

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    The Department of Justice (DOJ) recovered more than $3 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving fraud and the False Claims Act (FCA) in Fiscal Year 2019, and it remains the primary vehicle for the government to recover payouts for fraud or a material misrepresentation. With recent increases in monetary recoveries from government-initiated matters and whistleblower incentives to initiate claims, government contractors face FCA investigation or litigation risk at every turn, even for inadvertent misrepresentations. To avoid potential FCA liability and ensure compliance, government contractors should clearly understand their obligations, representations, and certifications.

    Please join Matt Feinberg and Jackie Unger—members of PilieroMazza’s FCA Team—for commentary on potential pitfalls for government contractors who may face enforcement issues in light of emerging trends. They discuss:

    • the issues and cases that defined the FCA in 2019;
    • potential new avenues for FCA liability that were confirmed in the last 12 months; and
    • formal and informal announcements from DOJ that are likely to shape the year ahead.

    COVID-19 Survival: The $2 Trillion CARES Act and Your Business

    April 1, 2020

    Presented by Cy Alba, Nichole Atallah, and Dave Shafer.

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    A $2 trillion stimulus package is on the horizon. Meant to address the economic impact of COVID-19, the CARES Act would authorize emergency loans for distressed businesses and establish limits on requirements for employers to provide paid leave. With increased business closures and layoffs across the country, you need to know how the CARES Act can help your business survive.

    Join PilieroMazza’s COVID-19 Client Response Team for a webinar on:

    • what you need to know about the CARES Act;
    • how the stimulus package can affect your business;
    • strategies for maintaining your workforce; and
    • seeking economic relief in the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Teleworking in a COVID-19 Environment: Your Questions Answered

    March 31, 2020

    Presented by Nichole Atallah.

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    Many businesses and employees are adjusting to a full-time remote workforce in response to COVID-19. Even for a business accustomed to remote work, remote work during COVID-19 is not a typical situation. Join PilieroMazza’s Nichole Atallah, Chair of the Firm’s Labor & Employment Group, for this brief webinar where she:

    • examines how teleworking in the midst of COVID-19 is different from how we worked before and
    • offers employers useful information to keep their teams productive and the company legally compliant.

    CMMC Is Coming: Are You Ready?

    March 17, 2020

    Presented by Jon Williams and Anna Wright.

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    Now that the Department of Defense (DOD) has released the final version of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) guidelines, all contractors that work directly or indirectly on DOD contracts should be preparing to obtain the CMMC. This important new certification, which DOD will eventually require for all DOD contracts, demonstrates your IT system’s capability for protecting DOD-sensitive information and will help you gain (or not lose) a competitive advantage. With the third-party certifiers potentially starting to accept applications from contractors as soon as this summer, PilieroMazza is committed to helping government contractors understand the guidelines and what they need to do to prepare for the certification.

    Please join Jon Williams and Anna Wright—members of the Firm’s Cybersecurity and Data Privacy team—for a one-hour session where they discuss:

    • an introduction to and overview of the CMMC;
    • an explanation of the five certification levels and the framework against which contractors will be judged to attain each level;
    • what contractors should be doing now to update their internal IT, employee, and DOD business capture practices and procedures;
    • cybersecurity’s impact on awards and protests and how to ensure your company is adequately protected in teaming, subcontract, joint venture, and related agreements with third parties;
    • leveraging mentor-protégé relationships to jump start your cybersecurity compliance; and
    • the importance of cybersecurity due diligence in mergers and acquisitions.

    "Past Performance" of Government Contractors: Obtaining It, Using It, and Defending It

    October 29, 2019
    Presented by Katie Flood and Sam Finnerty.

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    A government agency’s evaluation of an offeror’s past performance can often be the difference between winning or losing a government contract. And, for better or worse, agencies are given broad discretion in how they evaluate past performance. As such, it is critical that companies working with the federal government understand not only what steps they should take to cultivate and utilize positive past performance, but also the steps they should take to defend their past performance from attacks. Please join Katie Flood and Sam Finnerty from PilieroMazza’s Government Contracts Law Group as they discuss:
    • general rules governing past performance evaluations;
    • ways in which a prime contractor can utilize different sources of past performance information;
    • best practices for obtaining positive CPARS ratings; and
    • how and when to challenge negative CPARS ratings.

    SBA Proposed Rule Changes and How They Will Impact Government Contractors

    August 20, 2019

    Presented by Megan Connor and Peter Ford.

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    In the last year, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) has issued a number of proposed rules that could have far-reaching impacts on small business government contractors. These include the long-awaited rulemaking implementing the new five-year receipts calculation, inflationary adjustments for receipts-based size standards, and clarifications on the limitations on subcontracting rule. SBA has also proposed major changes to the HUBZone, WOSB/EDWOSB, and 8(a) Programs. Join Megan Connor and Peter Ford -- partners in PilieroMazza’s Government Contracts Group --  for a 1-hour webinar where attendees will get an in-depth look at the practical applications of these proposed changes.

    Everything You Need to Know about SBA's Manufacturer and Non-Manufacturer Rules

    July 17, 2019

    Presented by Jon Williams and Timothy Valley.

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    To Manufacture or Non-Manufacture? That is the question answered by this webinar, which focuses on how to qualify as a small business manufacturer or nonmanufacturer for set-aside contracts. The Small Business Administration (“SBA”) has specific rules detailing what it takes to qualify as a small business manufacturer or as a so-called “nonmanufacturer.” Jon Williams and Tim Valley, members of PilieroMazza’s Government Contracts Group, discuss:

    • SBA’s manufacturer and non-manufacturer rules,

    • waivers of the non-manufacturer rule,

    • tips to qualify under these rules,

    • utilizing mentor-protégé and joint venture relationships in this area, and

    • how the rules have been interpreted in case law.

    Managing and Incentivizing Employees

    May 15, 2019Presented by Sarah Nash and Dave Shafer

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    Attracting and retaining talent is a key challenge for many businesses in this current economic cycle where low unemployment and access to cleared employees is a common challenge. In this webinar, focuses on achieving business goals through attracting, incentivizing, and managing employees. The presenters reviewed the various options available to companies with differing corporate structures, at different stages of growth, and with differing objectives. They also discussed how company goals can determine what incentives to put in place and what restrictions to impose on employees in exchange for those benefits.

    • Essential components of an employment agreement
    • Options for incentive plans (bonus, stock, synthetic equity, etc.)
    • Non-compete and non-solicitation agreements and limitations
    • Other retention and recruiting strategies

    How Federal Contractors Can Survive During and After the Government Shutdown

    January 25, 2019Presented By Cy Alba, Nichole Atallah, and Michelle Litteken

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    While in the midst of the longest government shutdown in US history and contractors, the unsung heroes of the federal government who perform a great deal of the work vital to the economic and political success of our nation, are left to wonder what options they have, whether they will be made whole, and how to deal with their employees.

    PilieroMazza’s Government Contracting Group and its Employment Law Group discuss the obligations contractors have during the shutdown:
    • What employment law pitfalls to avoid
    • How to deal with furloughed employees
    • Strategies to minimize and potentially recover costs incurred because of the shutdown
    • What contractors can and should be prepared to do when the shutdown ends
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