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DOL Announces 2017 Minimum Wages For Federal Contractors

The U.S. Department of Labor announced last week that covered federal contractors and subcontractors will be required to pay workers an hourly minimum wage of $10.20 an hour beginning January 1, 2017. The minimum cash wage...more

October 17th Compliance Deadline for HHS Nondiscrimination Notifications Approaches

On May 18, 2016, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) published a final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. Among other topics, the final...more

EEOC Reported To Be Close To Issuing New EEO-1 Regulations

As reported today in Politico, the EEOC’s final regulations revising the EEO-1 report will be released this week. The new regulations will revise the annual EEO-1 report to require employers to provide certain wage and hour...more

Third Circuit Deals Blow to Jersey City Ordinance Requiring PLAs on Privately Funded Projects in Exchange for Tax Abatements

Jersey City’s Municipal Code offers real estate developers generous tax exemptions that are designed to spur the City’s economic growth, but the tax incentives have strings attached. Specifically, to receive a tax exemption,...more

Notable False Claims Act decision in California attempts to restrict Escobar

Last Tuesday, September 20, 2016, the US District Court for the Northern District of California held that the Supreme Court’s decision in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar, 136 S. Ct. 1989...more

D.C. Circuit Rules That the 8(a) Program is Constitutional, But Its Reasoning Raises Questions

On September 9, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) issued a split decision holding that § 8(a) of the Small Business Act does not violate the Equal Protection Clause of the...more

Crash into Me? Not If You Want to Sue Me for Unfair Trade Practices

Does N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 allow a lawsuit by a remote user of a product—a user who had no involvement in buying the product? A federal court in North Carolina recently answered no. An unusual fact pattern for a...more

False Claims that Don’t Violate the False Claims Act

A recent Fourth Circuit decision answers this riddle, “How can a contractor knowingly submit a false claim to the government without violating the False Claims Act (FCA)?” Give up? The answer is blindingly obvious—once...more

It’s Not Just the Response, It’s the Disclosure: SEC Charges Against a Company and Its General Counsel Highlight Importance of...

A recent complaint filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission highlights some important considerations for companies and in-house counsel facing False Claims Act investigations. The action is SEC v. RPM International...more

Summer Fraud and Abuse Roundup

Now that the kids are back in school and summer vacations are in the rearview mirror, it’s time to catch up on recent fraud and abuse developments. The federal government was busy this summer negotiating a pair of settlements...more

New Nondiscrimination Rules Impact Health Care Providers and Health Plans

Earlier this year, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) finalized regulations under Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”). Section 1557 prohibits certain “covered entities”...more

Mainbrace: September 2016 (No. 4)

It’s hard to believe another summer has come and gone. The kids are back in school, the commuter trains are a bit more crowded, and everyone is back from their holidays, hopefully refreshed and ready to get back down to...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - September 2016 #3

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Notice of Minimum Wage Rate Change for Contractors - The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor issued a notice announcing that beginning January 1, 2017, the Executive Order...more

New Federal Telemedicine Grants Announced; Florida Not Listed

The U.S. Department of Agriculture just announced new grant funding awarded to seven telemedicine and 11 distance learning projects across 16 states to use technology to expand access to health care, substance misuse...more

The Public-Private Partnership Law Review: France

In France, public-private partnerships (PPPs) are implemented in many economic sectors (e.g., transport, health, justice, education, urban equipment, environment, energy efficiency, telecommunications and culture) for more...more

DOL Hosts Small Business Roundtable Regarding Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rule and Guidance

The Department of Labor ("DOL") recently hosted a Small Business Labor Safety Roundtable to discuss the new Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council contracting regulation and the accompanying DOL...more

What Federal Contractors with Employee Arbitration Agreements Need to Know Now

Portions of the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order (E.O. 13673), often referred to as the “Blacklisting” or “Bad Actors” Executive Order, will take effect on October 25, 2016, and federal contractor employers are...more

GAO Report Finds Weaknesses in OFCCP Compliance Evaluations

On September 22, 2016, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report evaluating the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). The report, entitled “Equal...more

The False Claims Act’s Anti-Retaliation Provision Protects Employees Who Engage in Efforts to Stop Violations By Their...

In Carlson v. DynCorp, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit addressed 2009 and 2010 amendments to the False Claims Act (“FCA”) that broadened the scope of its anti-retaliation protection for...more

7th Cir. Demands Objective Standards in Whistleblower Complaint

On September 1 the Seventh Circuit affirmed dismissal of three of a whistleblower’s four fraud allegations against a mental health clinic, ruling that the allegations were based on the whistleblower’s subjective judgment...more

What You Need to Know About Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order Implementation

The Federal Acquisition Regulation and related Department of Labor Guidance required to implement Executive Order 13673, Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces, were published on August 25, 2016 (Final Rule and Guidance). With over 200...more

Agencies Publish Strict New Labor Reporting Guidelines for Government Contractors

On August 25, 2016, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) and Federal Acquisition Regulatory (“FAR”) Councils published “Guidance for Executive Order 13673, ‘Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces’” (“final rule”). See 81 Fed....more

Cross Your Heart and Hope to Die – New DFARS Clauses Target Counterfeit Electronic Parts

On August 2, 2016, the Department of Defense (“DOD”) rolled out new requirements for defense contractors that provide electronic parts and assemblies containing electronic parts. The new rules impose significant risks on DOD...more

Courts Are Taking Materiality Seriously Post-Escobar

In the three months since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Universal Health Services v. United States ex rel. Escobar, lower court decisions suggest a trend of strict interpretation of the high court’s...more

Strangest Regulatory Interpretation of the Month

The Massachusetts federal district court is hands-down winner of the August award for strangest regulatory interpretation of the month. The interpretation came in the context of denial of Omnicare’s summary judgment...more

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