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ASBCA Holds that of Contracting Officer’s Decision does Preclude Appeal Challenging Performance Evaluations

Authored by attorney Neil S. Lowenstein In a recently released decision (11/18/13, Metag Insast Ticaret A.S., ASBCA No. 58616), the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals reaffirmed its earlier holding that performance evaluation disputes may constitute Contract Disputes Act (CDA) claims, if the contractor has sought a final decision, as being an appealable request for… Read more »

Summary of New Rules Regarding Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Authored by Attorney J. Brandon Sieg On September 24, 2013, the Department of Labor published revisions to its non-discrimination and affirmative action regulations associated with Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  Although the regulations will become effective on March 24, 2014, additional time is permitted for current contractors to bring their affirmative action… Read more »

Confusion Surrounds a New Virginia Law on Emploees’ Personal Identifying Information

Authored by attorney Anne G. Bibeau A new law, Va. Code § 40.1-28.7:4, which went into effect on July 1, 2013, has caused confusion for Virginia employers.  The law provides that an “employer shall not … be required to release, communicate, or distribute to a third party any current or former employee’s personal identifying information,”… Read more »

What Makes an Expert Witness an Expert? Who Makes a Good Expert Witness?

Authored by attorney Edward E. (Ned) Nicholas, III Under both Federal and Virginia state court rules, expertise may be gained by “knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education….” So theoretically a person with book knowledge but no practical experience may qualify as an expert. Likewise, a person with field experience but no relevant formal education may… Read more »

Risks of Indemnification Clauses

Authored by attorney Patrick A. Genzler Virtually all construction contracts and subcontracts contain an “indemnification” provision, which obligates one party to the agreement – the “indemnitor” — to “indemnify” or to pay certain liabilities that the other party – called the “indemnitee” – may incur during the contracted work.  Indemnification agreements are one of the… Read more »

Worker’s Compensation in Virginia: Employer Basics

Authored by attorney Megan B. Caramore Under Virginia’s Workers’ Compensation Act, employers have certain obligations to their employees.  Below is a list of the basic information that every employer should keep in mind. An employer who regularly employs three or more full-time or part-time employees is required to purchase and maintain workers’ compensation insurance.  Employers… Read more »