Practicing Without A Contractor’s License: More Than A Slap On The Wrist

07/25/2016Moss, Ashley G.

LAW TIPS Becoming a licensed general contractor is often a long and tedious process.  The applications can be lengthy and invasive, multiple reference letters may be required, and supplemental documents may need to be obtained.  The process is often mistakenly viewed as a clerical exercise without due respect to the ramifications that can accompany the… Read more »

Not Registered with SAM? New Proposed Rule Would Preclude Offers

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07/20/2016Vandeventer Black

The System for Award Management (SAM) is a federal online portal providing contracting officers various informational access about companies doing business with the federal government. Under a new rule, DOD, GSA and NASA contractors must be registered in SAM prior to submitting offers or quotes. Additionally, the new rule will require contracting officers to use… Read more »

Virginia Supreme Court Confirms Employee Firings on the Spot

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07/20/2016Lowenstein, Neil S.

Law Tips Authored by Neil S. Lowenstein In a recent opinion involving a fired realtor, the Virginia Supreme Court confirmed that at-will employees can be fired on the spot, without any prior notice to the employee. The decision was unanimous, and noted that while the firing notice “must be reasonable,” advance notice was not required… Read more »

Criminal Liability for False Representation in Obtaining Building Permit

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07/20/2016Vandeventer Black

Law Tips Authored by John R. Lockard According to a recent court decision from the Court of Appeals of Virginia, Anthony Cummings signed a contract with a homeowner in Chesapeake, Virginia to build an in-ground swimming pool.  The homeowners gave Mr. Cummings a $12,000 down payment on the contract.  The contract identified the contractor as… Read more »

Be wary of of increasing claimed IRS Agent phone calls

07/14/2016Vandeventer Black

Vandeventer Black law partner and tax law practitioner Geoff Hemphill recently relayed a personal experience that others are also increasing seeing involving scam phone calls from persons claiming to be an “IRS Agent” and claiming that the individual owes back taxes. The fake IRS Agent then says the call is the last chance to pay… Read more »

SBA Issues Final Rule Regarding Affiliation Calculation of Annual Receipts Limitationson Subcontracting and Joint Ventures

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07/08/2016Lowenstein, Neil S.

Authored by Neil S. Lowenstein In its Final Rule issued May 31, 2016, the Small Business Administration issued rules implementing the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. The Final Rule has a myriad of aspects applicable to awards in various small business programs, and this short summary is not intended to address them all; but rather… Read more »