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A Legislative El Niño for California?: New 2016 Employment Laws for the State’s Private Sector Employers

Experts are predicting a 95% chance of heavier-than-usual seasonal rainfall this year in Southern California based on the phenomenon known as “El Niño.”  Did the California Legislature and its Governor produce a comparable...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - October 2015 #2

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Federal Acquisition Regulation: Simplified Acquisition Threshold for Overseas Acquisitions - The Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and NASA have issued a proposed rule to...more

A Primer to Understanding Wrap-Up Insurance Programs

Whether you are a property owner, general contractor, or subcontractor, understanding wrap-up insurance programs—when to consider one, what they insure, and how they affect the project—is vital to a construction project’s...more

Browning-Ferris: The NLRB Redefines Joint-Employer Status

On August 27, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) diverged from three decades of precedent by broadening the reach of its joint-employer test in a decision involving Browning-Ferris Industries (“BFI”), a waste...more

“BLACKLISTING” OR “BAD ACTOR” Executive Order 13673

Officially known as the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order, Executive Order 13673 now consists of proposed guidance from the Department of Labor (“DOL”) and proposed regulations from the Federal Acquisition...more

Attorney General Crackdown on DBE/MBE Representations in Subcontracts

The Massachusetts Attorney General is taking action to ensure that general contractors working on public construction are complying with state requirements to use DBE/MBE subcontractors....more

The Modern Slavery Act 2015

The UK’s Modern Slavery Act is an effort by the government to end all forms of labour exploitation. The UK’s Modern Slavery Act 2015 aims to prevent all forms of labour exploitation and increase transparency of labour...more

NLRB’s Joint Employer Decision Could Uproot Hotel Franchise Model

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has likely thrown a mammoth monkey wrench in the traditional hotel franchisor/franchisee model. On August 27, 2015, in its highly controversial Browning-Ferris Industries of...more

Project In(Site): Legal Developments Impacting Construction & Government Contract Industries

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Project In(Site), Seyfarth’s Construction and Government Contracts practice groups’ publication focusing on decisions or other items of interest for construction and government contract...more

Congress Considers Amending NLRA to Require Direct Control for Joint Employer Findings

On September 29, the House subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions held a legislative hearing to consider the Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act, H.R. 3459. This bill, which is mirrored in the Senate,...more

Department of Defense Issues New Cybersecurity Rules for Defense Agencies That Use Contractors and Cloud Services to Hold...

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) recently published an interim rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS).1 The interim rule, effective August 26, 2015, focuses on two issues. First, the...more

Negligent Misrepresentation Standard Shifts in Contractor’s Favor with Pennsylvania Appellate Ruling

Contractors and subcontractors who are aggrieved by erroneous information on construction documents may have an easier time proving an architect or other design professional made a negligent misrepresentation that harmed them...more

Senate Panel Takes up Joint Employer Issue

A week after a House subcommittee held a hearing on the National Labor Relations Board's new joint employer standard, it was the Senate's turn to address the aftermath of the Board's Browning-Ferris decision. In...more

Have DoD Contractors and Subcontractors Been Drafted? Once Voluntary Defense Industrial Base CS/IA Regulations Now Mandatory and...

When last we left the Department of Defense, they had issued a rather wide-reaching interim DFARS rule addressing cybersecurity practices, data retention, and cloud services purchasing guidance. Now, effective October 2,...more

Court of Appeal Opens Pandora’s Box on Definition of “Contractor” for Forum Selection Clauses

In Vita Planning and Landscape Architecture, Inc. v. HKS Architects, Inc. (“Vita Planning”), the First Appellate District held California’s Code of Civil Procedure section 410.42 (“Section 410.42”) which prohibits an...more

Keep Your Confidential Information Confidential

Most government contractors, or any company with confidential information or trade secrets, have confidentiality or non-disclosure agreements with their employees, subcontractors, or other entities they do business with....more

House Hearing Addresses NLRB's New Joint Employer Standard

Members of the House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions held a hearing on a bill that would undo the new joint employer standard the National Labor Relations Board recently established. As previously...more

CSLB Reminds California Public Works Contractors to Renew Their Public Works Registration

A friendly reminder from the Contractors State License Board . . .   CSLB Urges Public Works Contractors to Renew Dept. of Industrial Relations Registration before October 1 to Avoid Hefty Penalty...more

Escrowed Payments May Leave Federal Subcontractors High and Dry

Companies providing products or services as subcontractors to prime federal contractors often struggle with how best to ensure prompt and full payments from primes. Prime contractors, particularly small business concerns,...more

NLRB Ruling Expands Contractors’ Liability for the Actions of Subcontractors

In an August 27, 2015 split decision, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) announced a new standard for determining when businesses will be considered to be “joint employers,” significantly expanding the scope of joint...more

Executive Order Extends Paid Sick Leave to Federal Contractors

Earlier this month, the paid sick leave epidemic that has spread to four states and at least 24 municipalities found its latest victim — federal contractors and subcontractors. Spurred by an Executive Order (the “Order”),...more

The Changing Compensation Landscape for Government Contractors: New Executive Order Mandates Paid Sick Leave for Employees of...

Two recent developments have added to the list of the Obama Administration’s compensation-related initiatives. On Labor Day, September 7, 2015, President Obama issued an Executive Order that will require federal contractors...more

Planning for a Government Shutdown

As described in detail in a recent Washington Update, there is once again a reasonable likelihood that we are headed for a government shutdown beginning Thursday, October 1. This article puts aside politics to focus on the...more

FAR Thresholds Adjusted for Inflation

Under a final rule effective October 1, 2015, acquisition-related dollar thresholds in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”) will be adjusted for inflation. Government contractors should be aware of these inflationary...more

Federal Contractors Beware – Part 8

On September 7, 2015, President Obama issued an executive order that will require federal contractors and subcontractors to provide their employees with up to seven or more paid sick leave days a year....more

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