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House Moves to Ban Employment Arbitration Agreements

09/27/2019 by Anne G. Bibeau

On September 20, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to ban mandatory arbitration of employment or consumer claims. The House voted 225 to 186 in favor of the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act, which would make unenforceable any pre-dispute arbitration agreement that requires arbitration of an employment, consumer, antitrust, or civil… Read more »

DoD publishes final rule limiting the use of LPTA procurements effective October 1, 2019

09/27/2019 by Anthony Mazzeo

Contractors have frequently been heard to complain about the government’s persistent use of “Lowest Price Technically Acceptable Procurements,” or “LPTA” as a race to the bottom in both price and quality.  While the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) has provided that price may play a dominant role in source selection where “the requirement is clearly definable… Read more »

Government Adds Australia as a World Trade Organization Country

09/27/2019 by Michael L. Sterling

If your contract includes Buy American Act (BAA) or Trade Agreement Act (TAA) requirements you need to know the approved list of source countries. On September 10, 2019, the Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) published in the Federal Register a final rule, FAC 2019-06; FAR… Read more »

HIRING EMPLOYEES UNDER THE AGE OF 18

08/27/2019 by Vania Ratliff

A REFRESHER ON FEDERAL AND STATE CHILD LABOR LAWS Recently, an accident in the trenches of a Northern Virginia construction site resulted in the injuring of one employee and the death of another. News reports allege that the deceased employee was only 16 years old. Under both Federal and Virginia child labor laws, the 16-year… Read more »

SBA Raises Size Limit For Firms To Qualify As Small Businesses

07/25/2019 by Michael L. Sterling

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is raising the size limit for engineering, construction, and other companies to be classified as “small.” The interim final will increase thresholds by about 8% from the current levels. The new standards will take effect on August 19, 2019. For construction firms in the various buildings construction and heavy… Read more »

Unintended Consequences With Modern Day Construction Documents – Typically, “The Devil is in the Details”

07/20/2019 by George M. Nicholos

Whether this well-known proverb is attributed to French Novelist Gustave Flaubert or Modernist Architect Mies van der Rohe, the meaning is likely the same; costly mistakes usually originate in the details of a project. Faced with shrinking design budgets, one of the first corners cut is usually the level of detail in construction documents. Key… Read more »

Virginia Workers Compensation & Personal Injury Lawsuits Against Subcontractors

07/19/2019 by Summer Associate Junior Ndlovu*, with the assistance of Attorney Brian L. Sykes

The Virginia Workers Compensation Act prohibits employees from suing their employers for injuries incurred in the ordinary scope of employment. The Act provides an exclusive avenue of recourse for injured employees to recover against their employers. Section 65.2-307 of the Act provides that: The rights and remedies herein granted to an employee when his employer… Read more »