Friday, October 28, 2016

Virginia Voters Facing a Tough Question on Election Day Regarding ‘Right-to-Work’ Law

By former Associate Jeffrey Hord

When Virginians head to the polls on or before November 8th, they won’t just be faced with a choice between Presidential candidates and the Congressional hopefuls from their District. Among the policy initiatives on the ballot this year are two questions concerning the Virginia Constitution, one of which may have a significant impact on the Commonwealth’s labor and employment laws.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Employment Law Day

Please join us for a very exciting Employment Law program on November 10th, hosted by Paley Rothman's Employment Law group. Four of Maryland’s key regulatory agency leaders have agreed to speak and share insight into their agencies’ expected priorities and handling of claims of discrimination or other violations. Our Employment Law attorneys will also speak on key issues facing employers, including the impact of the November 8 election, pay equity and employer issues with social media and after-hours behavior. Following the Paley Rothman presentations and the "Meet the Agencies" panel, we will have a wine and cheese networking reception. Please register in advance by clicking the Register button below. We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

DOL Issues Final Rule on Paid Sick Leave for Government Contractors

By:  Jessica B. Summers, Associate

Under newly released DOL rules, most federal government contractors entering into new or renegotiated contracts on or after January 1, 2017, will be required to provide employees performing on, or in connection with, the contract with up to 56 hours of paid sick leave per year.

SUMMARY:  Most federal government contractors (and subcontractors) entering into new or renegotiated contracts on or after January 1, 2017 will be required to provide employees performing work on, or in connection with, the contract with up to 56 hours of paid sick leave per year.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Now You See Me, Now You Don’t: GAO’s Disappearing Jurisdiction Over Civilian Agency Task Orders

By: Ryan Spiegel

Congress pulled a ghoulish Halloween trick this month, bringing to an end the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) jurisdiction over bid protests of civilian agency task orders and delivery orders. Before October 1, 2016, bidders could protest the award of a task order worth more than $10 million before the GAO, as established by prior amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act (FASA). But GAO’s jurisdiction over task order protests related to civilian agency contracts was temporary, scheduled to sunset at the end of the last Fiscal Year on September 30, 2016. 41 U.S.C. § 4106(f).

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Felons and Tax Cheats Beware: Regulators Want To Stop You From Winning Federal Government Contracts

By: Ryan Spiegel

A new final rule targeting tax cheats and convicted felons who try to bid on federal government contracts was published on September 30, 2016. The rule is effective immediately and makes permanent an interim rule published back in December 2015 which has already been in effect since February 26, 2016. The final rule adopts the interim rule in its entirety without any changes; only three public comments had been submitted in response to the interim rule, two of which were in support.