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Government Contracting

Preparing for the Federal Government Fiscal Year End

September 6, 2018

If you look up Federal Government Fiscal Year End, here is what you would find on the Wikipedia page: The United States federal budget for the fiscal year 2018, which runs from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018, was named America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America...

HR Compliance Resources Available for Federal Contractors

February 28, 2018

This blog is Part Three of a three-part series on HR-related Federal Contracting compliance: Part One addresses the process to follow to determine the applicability different federal regulations to your company; Part Two provides a walkthrough and checklist to determine the applicability of specific laws and executive orders; and...

2018 Shutdown: What Happens Next? Considerations for Federal Contractors

January 21, 2018

Considerations for Contractors with the Government Shutdown The government shutdown of 2013 lasted 16 days. Fortunately, we have just heard that the House, Senate, and the Executive Office have found common ground and the government has reopened after day 3. There’s still a chance, however, that after February 8th,...

SCA and the ACA: The Cost of Compliance

March 28, 2017

Service Contract Act & Affordable Care Act Requirements Review Recognizing so many of my clients are government contractors, I know it can be tough keeping up with compliance. It gets especially tricky if you have McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA) contracts in an already highly regulated industry. With the addition...

The DC Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act Review

February 17, 2017

On February 14, 2017, the Mayor of The District of Columbia, Muriel Bowser, did not veto The DC Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016 and allowed the bill to pass without her signature. The Washington Business Journal reports, “in a letter to Council Chairman Phil Mendelson on Wednesday, Bowser...

HR Compliance Checklist for Government Contractors

January 17, 2017

This blog is Part Two of a three-part series on HR Compliance for Government Contractors. Part One addresses the process to follow to determine the applicability different federal regulations to your company, and Part Two provides a walkthrough and checklist to determine applicability of specific laws and executive orders....

How to Know if Federal Contracting Regulations Apply To You

November 16, 2016

One of the biggest concerns my clients have when we begin working together is keeping their business out of trouble with the federal government. If this is of concern to you as well, I’m hopeful this article will help provide a bit of clarity for you as you navigate...

Multi-State Employment Law Problems

April 19, 2016

Federal VS. State Employment Laws   The DC metro region has many companies that are based in one state and also have employees who work in other states. When I have conversations with clients about their concerns, compliance almost always comes up. This is understandable since there isn’t one set...

10 Best Practices for Spring Cleaning your HR Department

April 18, 2016

Spring has approached, which always seems like the time of year I like to get organized and get rid of unnecessary clutter.  It is also the perfect time for HR to do some of their own spring cleaning for better order in the workplace.  Typically it gets quite hectic...

EEOC Review: The Top 8 Areas of Focus for 2016

April 1, 2016

I had the opportunity to attend NOVA SHRM’s 2016 Legal Academy and gained a wealth of information about current and potential future legislation and how it impacts businesses in the DC metro area.  One of the speakers was Martin S. Ebel,the Director of Field Management Programs at the Equal...

Hiring Managers: How to Best Determine New Hire Pay

March 29, 2016

Picture it: you have just concluded your interview and shaken hands with the ideal candidate who has all of the qualities and qualifications you are looking for in order to fill your open role and you quickly rush back to office to get in contact with your Recruiter to...

What You Need to Know About Joint Employment: a DOL Interpretation Review

March 8, 2016

On January 20, 2016 the Department of Labor (DOL) issued Administrator’s Interpretation No. 2016 -1 on the subject of Joint Employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA).  If you a) have never heard of the concept of joint employment...

Best Practices to Prepare for Pending FLSA Regulation Changes

March 4, 2016

I often get asked by clients, prospects, and others in our community what is keeping us busy these days.  Recently, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the pending regulation changes are a very hot topic.  Clients are calling us frequently concerned about the pending FLSA regulations and what that...

Executive Order 13706 Review: How Federal Contractors Can Best Prepare

March 2, 2016

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors On Wednesday, February 24, 2016 the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division announced the release of Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to implement Executive Order (EO) 13706 Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors.  Executive Order 13706...

GovCon Risk Review: The Top 5 Regulations You Need to Know

February 29, 2016

Avoid the Cost of Non-Compliance & Mitigate Your Risk If you’re a federal contractor in the District of Columbia, Maryland or Virginia you are already well aware of a variety of regulations that place additional requirements (and corresponding penalties for non-compliance) on your company. Luckily, there are steps you...