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GAO Rejects Contractor’s Use of AIA Bid Bond for Federal Project

09/25/2020 by Anthony Mazzeo, Esq. ArticlesGovernment Contracts

As all construction contractors know, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) provides a series of nearly 200 industry standard consensus forms that define the relationships and terms involved in design and construction projects.  While these forms are appropriate for commercial projects, contractors that perform a mix of commercial and government projects should use caution when… Read more »

Virginia’s Proposed Permanent Standard for Infectious Disease Prevention Regulations: A reminder that the opportunity for public comment closes September 25, 2020

09/24/2020 by Neil S. Lowenstein, Esq. ArticlesConstructionGovernment Contracts

As previously publicized, the Virginia Department of Labor’s (DOL) Safety and Health Codes Board (Board) Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for Infectious Disease Prevention became effective on July 27, 2020, but because of their nature would expire unless they or alternatively proposed regulations were made into permanent standards. When the ETS were published, DOL included its… Read more »

Understanding the Legal Aspects of Privacy in the Age of Smart Phones and Residential Security Cameras

09/24/2020 by Kathleen Panagis, Esq. ArticlesCommunity Associations

This article is published in Southeastern Virginia Community Associations Institute’s (“SEVA-CAI”) Currents newsmagazine (Quarter 2 edition) and is re-printed with permission. With most people in modern society having smart phones that have cameras and video recording capability coupled with the soaring popularity of residential security cameras, one may wonder to what extent does one have… Read more »

DOL Revises its FFCRA Paid Leave Rule To Narrow the Category of Health Care Providers that Can Be Exempted from the Paid Leave Requirements

09/14/2020 by Anne G. Bibeau, Esq. ArticlesLabor & Employment

On August 3, 2020, the Southern District of New York issued an opinion invalidating certain portions of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) Temporary Rule on the paid leave requirements of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”). The DOL has responded by revising its Temporary Rule. The revision, which goes into effect on September… Read more »

Update on Section 889 restriction on government contractors use of Chinese-made telecommunications equipment and services

08/19/2020 by Anthony Mazzeo, Esq. ArticlesCoronavirusGovernment Contracts

Last week, we advised government contractors in this article about the new restrictions imposed by an interim rule and revised Federal Acquisition Regulation clauses that require contractors doing business with DoD, GSA, and NASA to certify they do not use “covered telecommunications and services” from Huawei and other Chinese companies.  We’ve learned that the Director… Read more »

New FAR provisions will have far reaching impact for government contractors: Government imposes restrictions on contractors’ telecommunication equipment

08/13/2020 by Anthony Mazzeo, Esq. ArticlesGovernment Contracts

Prime contractors can expect to be asked for a new round of certifications as the result of a FAR provision that takes effect on August 13, 2020.  The provision was announced by an Interim Rule published in the Federal Register on July 14, 2020.  The rule is applicable to all contractors doing business with the… Read more »

Expedited Trademark Registration For COVID-19 Products and Services

08/07/2020 by Jane D. Tucker, Esq. ArticlesCoronavirusIntellectual Property

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, and the need to quickly develop medical products and services to fight the virus, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) is allowing the trademark examination process for marks used to identify qualifying COVID-19 medical products and services to be expedited.  This program expedites the review of qualifying… Read more »

Impact of Executive Order 68 on Hampton Roads Community Associations

07/30/2020 by Kathleen Panagis, Esq. ArticlesCommunity AssociationsCoronavirus

In response to increases in positive COVID-19 case counts in the Hampton Roads area, Governor Northam issued Executive Order 68 that places additional restrictions on certain cities and counties.  The jurisdictions subject to this order are:  Cities of Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Hampton, Williamsburg, Newport News, Poquoson, James City County, and York County… Read more »

Emergency Temporary Safety Rules Effective July 27 in Virginia

07/28/2020 by Neil S. Lowenstein, Esq., Arlene F. Klinedinst, Esq., with assistance of Summer Associate Zelig Schwartz ArticlesGovernment ContractsLabor & Employment

This article is the third and final in a three-part series discussing the New Emergency Temporary Standards for Employers in Virginia. Click here to read Part 1 and Part 2. On July 27, 2020, the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) program published the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board’s (the Board) Emergency Temporary Standard… Read more »

Heat-Related Illness Prevention: A Short Guide for Employers

07/21/2020 by Neil S. Lowenstein, Esq., Arlene Klinedinst, Esq., with assistance of Summer Associate Jade Gravley ArticlesLabor & Employment

Many parts of the United States are experiencing record high temperatures this summer, which means many employees are at a greater risk of heat-related illness. As temperatures and humidity rates continue to rise, it is a reminder for employers to make sure they are protecting the health of their employees who are exposed to such… Read more »