Government’s Health Care Fraud “Cash Cow” Keeps Mooing
Investment Management Update- 2014 Election Impact
Trial by Jury: Why It Matters in a Democratic Society
Busy Days For Voting Rights Advocates, Thanks to SCOTUS
Polsinelli Podcast - Republicans Gain Control of the U.S. Senate - How That May Impact Health Reform
Karl Rove's Efforts to "Buy" Courts Harmed America, Says Legendary Attorney
Crisis at the Border Shows Problems in US Immigration Law
Are Criminal Laws the Right Response to Revenge Porn?
Why Does BigLaw Have So Few Black Partners?
Aquila on M&A: Dealmaking is Back
Schoenbrod: SCOTUS Ruling Helps EPA Deal With a "Stupid Statute"
ATL Law School Rankings: All About The Jobs
What Comes Next in Derivatives Regulation?
A More Perfect Union: Why Punish Russia for Crimea?
Only in DC: Ethics Rule Permits Non-lawyers to Own Law Firms
How a Reluctance to Deport Pop Stars Strengthens US Immigration Policy
Law Prof: The Clean Air Act Needs a Reboot
Is Punishment Dead in America?
Hailey French’s Story – When millions barely cover the bills.
Bill on Bankruptcy: Detroit Shows Need for Amending Bankruptcy Law
To get a P3 proposal to the starting line, public officials need to make sure that there is clarity and agreement on basic issues and priorities -
Aging and inadequate infrastructure, required upgrades and scarce...more
There are a growing number of cybersecurity requirements applicable to government contractors that work with the Department of Defense (DoD) and intelligence community. ...more
On February 12, the U.S. Department of State released a set of “Frequently Asked Questions” (“FAQs”) with regard to the U.S. Government’s efforts to develop a National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct. The plan is...more
On February 2, President Obama released his fiscal year 2016 budget proposal. The proposed budget includes nearly $113.7 million in annual appropriations to the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance...more
Although the Islamic Republic of Iran has the world's fourth largest proven oil reserves and second largest natural gas reserves, UN, U.S. and EU sanctions relating to its nuclear program have significantly affected Iran's...more
Countries Subject to Various Restrictions by the U.S., EU, and UN -
Following are checklists of countries that are subject to a variety of U.S. and EU-imposed restrictions affecting international trade. The countries...more
I. New Laws and Regulations
- A. Federal
- President Obama Signs Executive Orders to Ensure Federal Contractor Compliance with Labor Laws. On July 31, 2014, President Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe...more
Executive Order 13658 increases the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, effective January 1, 2015, for certain workers providing services under new contracts with the federal government. The Final Rule, the Fact Sheet, and the...more
At its meeting last week, the California Transportation Commission allocated $174.8 million to 85 projects around the state. Some of the projects receiving allocations this month include: You can find a full list of projects...more
On January 15, 2015, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations to implement changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba announced by President Obama on December...more
As many readers of this blog know, over the past 12 years the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois has been deluged with lawsuits filed by a Chicago law firm against internet retailers as a “whistleblower” under the...more
In This Issue:
- Message from the Chair
- On the Horizon: Is Obama Remaking the Workplace While Leaving Congress Behind?
- The 2014 Supreme Court Decisions Every Employer Should Know
- What to Expect from the...more
The Fiscal Year 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Bill (“Omnibus”) signed by President Obama on December 17, 2014, contains campaign finance provisions that allow national party committees to raise significantly more money from...more
In This Issue:
- Justices Issue Pro-Employer Rulling in FLSA Case
- Ogletree Deakins Named A "Law Firm of the Year"
- California Mandates Anti-Bullying Training for Supervisors
- OFCCP Issues Final...more
GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS -
DoD Issues Final Rule to Amend DFARS Foreign Commercial Satellite Services (DFARS Case 2014-D010) -
The Department of Defense (DoD) issued an interim rule adopted as final with minor...more
At this time of the year many companies and trade associations host holiday parties and invite government officials and staff. Strict rules regulate whether attendance is ethically permissible. More than ever, government...more
Narrowly averting a federal government shutdown, on December 13 in a rare Saturday evening session the Senate passed the massive 1600 page, $1.1 trillion FY2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill that will fund government operations...more
The Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration have announced that they will soon publish interim Federal Acquisition Regulation amendments designed to...more
On December 3, 2014, the Department of Labor (DOL) released its final rule implementing Executive Order (EO) 13672, “Further Amendments to Executive Order 11478, Equal Employment Opportunity in the Federal Government, and...more
Amendments to Maryland's pay-to-play law taking effect January 1, 2015, will impose burdensome contract reporting requirements for many companies. Although Maryland has had a pay-to-play law on the books for years, these...more
California Legislature Expands Government Code Section 1090 Liability to Those Who Aid and Abet -
An amendment to Government Code section 1090 now makes it a felony for any person to aid and abet a government official...more
For federal contractors and their subcontractors, the Administration continues to add new requirements and standards they must meet in order to transact with the U.S. Government. Yet another such requirement recently joined...more
New Law Consolidates Certain Design-Build Authorizations Under a Single Statute -
The adoption of Senate Bill 785 signifies strong movement toward authorizing design-build procurement in California at the state and...more
In This Issue:
- Recent Trends in FCPA Enforcement – First Half of 2014
- Ukraine/Russia–Related Sanctions
- New Executive Order Places Additional Reporting Obligations on Government Contractors and...more
In the Third Commandment, “Thou Shalt Start as Low as Possible,” I discussed the challenges associated with seeking political intervention to solve a Government contracting problem. This topic deserves treatment on its own...more
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