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Texas Federal Court Blocks Enforcement of Key Portions of Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rules

A U.S. District Court Judge has ordered a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking the labor law violation disclosure requirements and restriction on use of arbitration agreements portions of the Fair Pay and Safe...more

Breaking: Federal Judge Enjoins Implementation Of Part Of Fair Pay And Safe Workplaces (“Blacklisting”) Executive Order,...

On October 24, 2016, just one day prior to effective date of the Regulations and Guidance implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (collectively the “Rule”), Judge Marcia Crone of the U.S. District Court...more

Nationwide Injunction Issued Against Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Reporting Requirements and Arbitration Agreement Restrictions

Late Monday evening, just before the FAR Final Rule and DOL Guidance on the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (FPSWP) were set to take effect, a federal district judge in Texas enjoined the implementation of the...more

Court Puts Blacklisting Rules On Hold - Federal Contractors Can Proceed As Normal For The Time Being

In a somewhat surprising development, a federal court in Texas blocked the government from implementing most of the federal contractor “blacklisting” rules that were slated to go into effect on October 25, 2016. The final...more

Federal auditors assail $359 million in Medicare costs for chiropractic care

Federal auditors have found that 80 percent of Medicare spending in a recent year on chiropractic care-some $359 million-was medically unnecessary. The federal insurance program for senior citizens should not have thrown...more

Benchslap for Blacklisting Rule

Yesterday a federal court put a temporary hold on the Obama Administration’s so-called Blacklisting Rule. Associated Builders v. Rung. In a previous blog we described in detail the Administration’s Executive Order and...more

Court Grants ABC’s Preliminary Injunction Request in Case Challenging “Blacklisting” Executive Order

We recently reported on a lawsuit, filed by the Associated Builders and Contractor’s (ABC), challenging the “blacklisting” Executive Order and the implementing regulations. As we noted in our article, a ruling by the Court on...more

New Management Contract Rules Hot Topic At NABL Conference

Over a thousand US public finance attorneys converged on the City of Chicago last week for the annual National Association of Bond Lawyers Bond Attorneys Workshop. The conference, the oldest and largest of its kind, featured...more

ABC Files Lawsuit Challenging “Blacklisting” Executive Order

As we recently reported, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council has published a final rule, effective October 25, 2016, implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (also known as the “blacklisting”...more

Contractor Blacklisting Rule Enjoined at the Last Minute

On October 24, 2016, a Texas judge issued a preliminary injunction in a case challenging the so-called contractor blacklisting rules, which were scheduled to take effect today, October 25. The final regulations, which the...more

A Win for Federal Contractors, Court Temporarily Enjoins Enforcement of Key "Blacklisting" Rule Provisions

Late in the day on Monday October 24, 2016, a U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Texas granted a preliminary injunction against implementation of major and contentious provisions of the Fair Pay and Safe...more

Amendments to real estate legislation for the third quarter of 2016

Amendments to federal laws - Changes to the RF Town-Planning Code - In the summer of 2016, roughly a dozen federal laws were adopted to amend the RF Town-Planning Code (RF TPC).1 The main changes of significance to...more

DoD Finalizes Cybersecurity and Cloud Computing Rule

On October 21, 2016, the Department of Defense (DoD) issued a final rule following-up on the interim rules it had issued on August 26 and December 30, 2015, regarding safeguarding contractor networks and purchasing cloud...more

The 60-Day Rule: Failure to Return Overpayments Caused by Software Glitch Costs Hospital $2.95 Million

A software glitch can be just as risky for a healthcare provider as submitting a false claim. Or so it was declared on August 24, 2016 when the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced that Continuum...more

Tenet Healthcare Settles Fraud Case for $514 Million

If you work in compliance in the healthcare industry, you have a tough job. The number and variety of risks that healthcare providers face is daunting. The False Claims Act is a mighty weapon in the hands of federal...more

Employer Groups Try To Block “Fair Pay And Safe Workplaces” Rule. Will They Beat The Deadline?

Many federal contractors are on the verge of having to comply with the Obama administration’s Fair Play and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. The FAR Council’s Final Rule and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Final Guidance (I’ll...more

Government Contractor “Blacklisting” Regs Take Effect Oct. 25 — Fast Facts

The controversial new Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rules begin to phase in starting Oct. 25, 2016. The regulations, mandated by President Obama’s executive order and now being implemented in the Federal Acquisition...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - October 2016 #3

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - Small Business Mentor-Protégé Programs - Corrections - The SBA has issued technical corrections to its final rule published in the Federal Register on July 25, 2016 (81 FR 48557),...more

Supreme Court Requires Many More VOSB Set-Asides

On June 16, 2016, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) must apply the “Rule of Two” in all contracting decisions in Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. v. United States, 136 S.Ct. 1969...more

The DOL's New Rx for Federal Contractor Employees

We have reported time and time again on the national trend of mandating paid sick leave for workers. As we noted last March, in a 2015 Executive Order, President Obama directed the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to issue...more

DoD issues final rule on covered defense information clarifying contractor obligations

The US Department of Defense (DoD) issued a rule on Friday, October 21, 2016, finalizing its information security and cyber incident reporting requirements. The rule, Network Penetration Reporting and Contracting for Cloud...more

Carbon Reduction Reshapes a Regional Electricity Market

Earlier this year, Massachusetts passed legislation that will require the state’s distribution utilities to purchase carbon-free electricity from hydropower and on and offshore wind farms under long-term contracts for up to...more

Implementing A Competitive Natural Gas Market In Mexico - CENAGAS to hold its first open season

Centro Nacional de Control de Gas Natural (CENAGAS) has received authorization from the Comisión Reguladora de Energía (CRE) to conduct its first open season for the assignment of available capacity on a firm basis in the...more

FAQ about Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Amendment re: Non-Retaliation for Employee Disclosure of Compensation Information

Why Should I Care About this Amendment? The federal government is mandating another disclosure to your employees, and adding new language to your government contracts....more

Whistleblower Can’t Use Discovery Info to Satisfy Rule 9(b)

Rule 9(b) requires a whistleblower alleging fraud to “state with particularity the circumstances constituting fraud.” Tom Bingham provided the particularity, but his case was nevertheless dismissed because of the way he came...more

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