The New Form I-9: The Forgotten Immigration Law

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01/31/2017Ostroff, Gretchen M.

While the President’s recent executive order on immigration has received widespread attention, another immigration law that affects employers across the United States quietly took effect last week.  Last fall, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) issued a new version of the Form I-9, dated November 14, 2016.  On January 22, 2017, the prior… Read more »

2017 VA General Assembly Update For Community Associations (Week 2)

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01/31/2017Casey, Deborah M.

Having concluded the second full week of the General Assembly, we’ve seen tremendous activity and efforts related to legislation affecting Virginia community associations. On the first day of session (January 11, 2017), Vandeventer Black published a 2017 Virginia Legislative Forecast (available here). And, here on day 17, many of our predictions have been accurate. As… Read more »

Recent Virginia Supreme Court Decision Impacts Subcontractor Liability

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01/31/2017Ostroff, Gretchen M.

PART ONE:  Flowing-Down the Statute of Limitations to Subcontractors Last month the Virginia Supreme Court issued an impactful case decision regarding subcontractors’ liability. That decision, Hensel Phelps Construction Co. v. Thompson Masonry Contractor, Inc., in particular, addressed the effect of general subcontract flow-down provisions and reaffirmed prior law on the enforceability of indemnity provisions in… Read more »

The Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act (HOTMA) Update

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01/10/2017Casey, Deborah M.

In our inaugural issue in October, 2016, we reported that HOTMA was unanimously approved in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate and signed into law by President Obama on July 29, 2016.  The full text of the bill is available here. Among other things, HOTMA required the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to: modify its certification… Read more »

2017 Virginia Legislative Forecast*

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01/10/2017Casey, Deborah M.

Today is the day.  At noon today (January 11, 2017) the Virginia General Assembly will be called to order and the 2017 session will begin.  As a bi-yearly, “short session,” the 2017 Session will span only 45 days and the General Assembly will consider between 2500 and 3400 bills (beginning January 11, 2017 and ending,… Read more »

NEW FAR CLAUSE HEIGHTENS CYBERSECURITY STANDARDS FOR CONTRACTORS’ INFORMATION SYSTEMS

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01/08/2017Vandeventer Black

Overview Earlier this year, the Department of Defense (DOD) issued a Final Rule adding a new clause to the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) — FAR 52.204-21, which, in short, imposes fifteen specific requirements for contractor information systems possessing or transmitting “Federal contract information.” FAR 52.204-21 defines “Federal contract information” as any acquisition-related information not public… Read more »