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VA OIG reports patient data at risk with vendor

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Inspector General recently issued a report, following a complaint that the VA Palo Alto Health Care System put veterans’ health information at risk when it allowed personnel of a...more

OFCCP Issues Infographics on Jurisdictional Thresholds and Protected Veteran Status

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently added two infographics to the collection of federal contractor resources available on its website. These new resources concerning jurisdictional thresholds...more

Veteran Receives Compensation for Injury After Pro Bono Battle

Baker Donelson lawyer Frank S. James, together with the veterans legal clinic at the University of California at Berkeley, scored a victory recently in a long and hard fought battle to obtain military insurance benefits for...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

2015 California Labor and Employment Legislation Update: The End (of Session) Is Near…

The California Legislature adjourned Friday evening, September 11, to close its 2015-16 Legislative Session. It sent a number of employment-related bills to Governor Brown for consideration by his October 11, 2015 deadline to...more

FCA Cases and SBA Protests

False Claims Act - As you know, the False Claims Act suit is brought against a contractor (whether through a whistleblower/relator or by the government alone) and carries very heavy civil and potentially criminal...more

White House Report Offers Ideas for Streamlining, Improving Immigration System

The White House, in concert with the Secretary of State and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has issued a report that proposes ways improve the legal immigration process. The report, Modernizing & Streamlining Our...more

Federal Small Business Set-Aside Contracts When Selling or Buying a Business

In a prior Alert, we provided a high-level overview of the Anti-Assignment Act, which requires federal pre-approval for the sale of federal government contracts, often through a “novation agreement” signed by the seller,...more

Indiana Employment Law Update: 5 Changes to Laws You Should Know

A number of significant changes to Indiana employment law took effect on July 1, 2015. These changes affected employer’s obligations in areas such as hiring, wages, discrimination, and termination. If employers have not...more

NC Legislative Update for August 2015 #3

This Week - Amid the budget deliberations, the General Assembly took time Tuesday to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the war World War II. Senate Joint Resolution 720, passed by both the House and the...more

CFPB issues state-specific guides for financial caregivers

In October 2013, the CFPB released four “Managing Someone Else’s Money” guides for financial caregivers, particularly those who handle the finances of older Americans. The booklets were designed for four different categories...more

Government Contractors Beware: Trying to Fit A Square Peg into A Round Hole

What may be standard in the corporate world can severely disrupt set-aside status in the highly-regulated government contract space. Take the recently-decided case of Precise Systems. ...more

Important Tax Provisions Contained in Acts Extending Highway Trust Fund and Trade Preferences

On July 31, 2015, President Obama signed P.L. 114-41, the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015 (“Highway Act”), into law. Although the Highway Act is primarily for the purpose of...more

Ask Fisher & Phillips: Our Top 10 Questions From Dealers (Part Three)

This edition of “Ask Fisher & Phillips” picks up where our last newsletter left off – here is the concluding segment of the “Top 10 Questions from Dealers” from the past year....more

Employer Mandate Amended In A Highway Funding Bill

This seems to be a trend. ACA amendments with some bipartisan support can get done if they are buried in unrelated legislation. When the President signed H.R. 3236, the ACA employer mandate was amended to promote small...more

A Look At The Numbers: 2015 Government Contracting Annual Report

Some very interesting data, trends, and analysis of government contracting, which should be of interest to government contractors, was published in a recent report by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) and...more

Congress Overhauls Community-Based Care for Veterans

Facing a shortfall in funding for veterans’ health care, Congress and the President acted swiftly to enact a new law that makes changes to the Veterans Choice Program established last year, which has significant implications...more

Important Tax Compliance Provisions Included in the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015

On Friday, July 31, 2015, President Barack Obama signed HR 3236, the "Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015" (the "Act"). The Act modifies the extended six-year statute of limitations...more

CFPB Speaks Out on Behalf of Disabled Veterans

In a blog post on the CFPB website, the CFPB advocated on behalf of veterans with service-connected disabilities, who face obstacles when transitioning back to civilian life and working to become financially secure. The CFPB...more

Supreme Court to Hear VA Procurement Controversy This Fall

In a matter of keen interest to the small business community, last month the Supreme Court, granted certiorari in Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. v. United States. The Court’s decision will hopefully bring some closure to the...more

Supreme Court Will Hear Government Contracts Case on Veteran Business Preferences

Well, it doesn’t happen very often, but the Supreme Court has agreed to hear a government contracts case! The Supreme Court granted certiorari on June 22, 2015, and will hear an appeal from the Court of Appeals for the...more

2015 Florida Legislative Post-Session Report

Carlton Fields Jorden Burt’s Government Law and Consulting Practice Group released its 2015 Florida Legislative Post-Session Report detailing significant bills that passed during the 2015 Regular Session of the Florida...more

Rhode Island Modifies its Fair Housing Practices Act to Include Military Status Under Discrimination Protections

On July 9, Governor Raimondo signed S.0241, which amends the Rhode Island Fair Housing Practices Act to include discrimination based on a person’s military status as a prohibited and unlawful housing and credit granting...more

Employment Flash - July 2015

The July 2015 edition of Employment Flash covers a number of developments, including: the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that job applicants need only show that a religious accommodation was a factor in denying employment to...more

Roto Rooter to Pay $100,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Charge

Employer Fired Iraq War Veteran Because of Service-Related Disabilities, Agency Claimed - MINNEAPOLIS -- In a conciliation agreement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Roto Rooter Services...more

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