Month: April 2016

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Proposed Rule on Mandatory Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

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04/27/2016Bibeau, Anne G.

Authored by Anne Bibeau The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to implement President Obama’s Executive Order (EO) 13706, “Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors.” The EO requires that for federal contracts issued on or after January 1, 2017, federal contractors and subcontractors must provide their employees… Read more »

Supreme Court of Virginia Clarifies Scope of Contractors’ Potential Liability for Design Defects

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04/21/2016Vandeventer Black

The Supreme Court of Virginia recently addressed construction contractors’ potential liability for damages caused by design defects. In William H. Gordon Associates, Inc. v. Heritage Fellowship Church, a church hired an engineering firm to design a rain tank system to provide storm water management for a new sanctuary. The system was designed to be buried… Read more »

Highway Projects Affected by Cargo Preference Act Changes

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04/11/2016Vandeventer Black

By Memorandum dated December 11, 2015, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) changed the FHWA’s legal position regarding applicability of the Cargo Preference Act (CPA) to federally-funded highway projects. That Memorandum reversed and superseded contrary position in place since 1988. The Law. Congress passed the CPA in 1954 to promote a U.S. maritime transportation system. The… Read more »