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Department of Defense FY18 research funding for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program

by Hogan Lovells on

The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program within the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command that is a partnership formed by Congress, the military and the manages billions of dollars in Congressional...more

Feds Seek Gig Economy Aid To Help Provide Services To Veterans

by Fisher Phillips on

The growth and benefits of the gig economy are well documented. By some accounts, more than 31 million individuals in the U.S. workforce derive their primary income from the gig economy, and businesses continue to provide...more

OFCCP Announces 2018 Veteran Hiring Benchmark

On March 30, 2018, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) released its 2018 Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (“VEVRAA”) Benchmark. Effective March 31, 2018, the new benchmark is 6.4%,...more

OFCCP Lowers Hiring Benchmark for Veteran Affirmative Action Plans

by Littler on

On March 30, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced that it was lowering the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) hiring benchmark to 6.4...more

OFCCP Announces Lower Annual VEVRAA Hiring Benchmark for 2018

On March 30, 2018, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) hiring benchmark for 2018. Effective March 31, 2018, the hiring benchmark...more

OFCCP Reduces Veteran Hiring Benchmark

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

OFCCP has announced the new Veteran Hiring benchmark will be 6.4% effective March 31, 2018. Affirmative Action Plans in effect until the March 31, 2018 date should utilize the prior year’s benchmark of 6.7%. The benchmark...more

Mine Rite Technologies to Pay $75,000 To Settle EEOC Disability Suit

Wyoming Manufacturing Company Supervisor Mocked Veteran With PTSD, Forcing Him to Quit, Federal Agency Charged - PHOENIX - Mine Rite Technologies, LLC, a Buffalo, Wyo.-based manufacturing company, will pay $75,000 and...more

How to Stop a Steam Roller: Defending the Veterans Affairs Audit by CGI Federal

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Recently, my team has experienced a wave of audit defense cases crashing through our door. Our clients are numerous private, specialty practices across the country that believed they were honoring our veterans and sharing...more

Recent Alabama Tax Legislative Developments

Many predicted that the 2018 regular session of the Alabama Legislature would be less eventful than in years past since members of the House of Representatives and Senate are up for re-election this year, and most lawmakers...more

California Legislation Guide for Developers

Last fall, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a package of 15 bills in response to the state’s housing shortage and affordability crisis. These bills came into effect on January 1st, 2018. The bills have important...more

VA Amends Rules on Price Adjustments, Comments on Its Use of the Vets First Authority and Cascading Set-Asides

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

On February 21, 2018, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued final rules to amend its regulations that pertain to Economic Price Adjustment clauses for firm-fixed-price contracts, identifying VA's Task-Order and...more

New VA Policy Guidance for Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loans

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

On February 1, 2018, the Department of Veterans Affairs issued Circular 26-18-1, in which it announced a new policy regarding certain disclosures for the VA Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loans (IRRRL). In general, for...more

Firefighter loses lawsuit over confidentiality provisions of ADA

by McAfee & Taft on

In an opinion handed down on February 7, 2018, the federal court of appeals that applies to Oklahoma ruled in favor of an employer in a lawsuit over the confidentiality provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)....more

Weekly Update Newsletter - February 2018 #2

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Pentagon Warns CEOs: Protect Your Data or Lose Our Contracts - According to an article from Govexec.com, the Pentagon has issued a warning to defense-industry contractors, insinuating that they...more

SBA Issues New Proposed Rule to Consolidate SDVOSB Eligibility Rules

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On January 29, 2018, the SBA issued a proposed rule to address and resolve the existing conflicts between the current eligibility requirements in the SBA and VA regulations. This action comes after specific direction in the...more

SBA Proposed Rule Standardizes SDVO SBC Ownership & Control Standards

On January 29, 2018, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) proposed to significantly amend its regulations to standardize and clarify the ownership and control standards required for qualifying as either a...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - February 2018

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Procurement of Commercial Items (DFARS case 2016-d006) - The Department of Defense (DOD) issued a final rule, which amended the Defense Federal...more

National 8(a) Winter Conference – Changes Coming for SDVOSBs

Hello from Nashville, Tennessee! I’m currently at the National 8(a) Association’s Winter Conference and had the privilege of participating in a great panel discussion with some of the leading small business scholars and...more

Extended Consideration of Accommodation Request OK in Unusual Circumstances

Employers understand their obligation to engage in an interactive process to address accommodation requests made by disabled employees. How long does the employer have to reach a conclusion with regard to the accommodation...more

The VA Proposes Placing Responsibility for Issuing Eligibility Regulations with SBA

by Holland & Knight LLP on

This is the first blog post by Holland & Knight’s newest government contracts attorney; Mitchell Bashur. Mitchell focuses his practice on government contracts and has extensive experience with protests, small and...more

Assembly Bill 1710 Expands Military Personnel Employment Protections

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Effective January 1, 2018, AB 1710 amends Section 394 of the Military and Veterans Code by including protection against discrimination in all terms, conditions or privileges of employment due to membership or service in the...more

COFC Decision Foreshadows VA Proposed Rule on Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Eligibility Rules

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Veteran-owned small businesses have long faced inconsistencies between the regulations of the Small Business Administration (SBA) and those of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). For example, these inconsistencies can...more

COFC Ruling Confirms Harsh SBA Decision Regarding Ownership Requirements of SDVOSBs

In late December, the Court of Federal Claims upheld an SBA decision revoking a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business’ (“SDVOSB”) status on the basis the business failed in the unconditional ownership requirement set...more

Montgomery County Senior Tax Credit – Consecutive Applications Required

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

On March 7, 2017 and June 27, 2017, respectively, the Montgomery County Council enacted Bills 42-16 and 13-17 to provide a property tax credit for elderly individuals and retired veterans. Individuals eligible to receive the...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - December 2017 #3

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT - Department of Labor Seeks to Loosen Reins on Restaurant Industry By Rescinding Regulation of Certain Tip Pooling Practices - In 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) Wage and Hour Division...more

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