Good News for Employers! NLRB Upholds Employee Handbook Policies Tailored to Legitimate Business Purposes

Feb 27, 2020

By Edward W. Bailey,   Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) guarantees employees the right to organize and collectively bargain through representatives and applies to a wide range of employer conduct including the contents of employee handbooks. Until recently, the National Labor Relations Board’s (“NLRB”) standard for determining whether employee handbooks violated the… Read more »


Court Awards Equitable Adjustment for Legal Fees to Defend Qui Tam Suit!

Feb 20, 2020

  By Hon. Jack Delman The Court of Federal Claims recently awarded an equitable adjustment (EA) to a contractor providing reimbursement of legal fees to successfully defend a False Claims Act (FCA) action. The Tolliver Group v. United States, No. 17-1763C, 1/22/20. The Facts In 2011 the Army awarded the contractor a firm fixed price level… Read more »


“Ok Boomer”- Cringy But Not Discrimination (Yet)

Feb 13, 2020

  By Tyler Freiberger, Esq., Nearly half a century after passage of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the American workplace remains confused as to the line between an innocent joke and potential legal exposure. While jokes involving race at last have found their way to the “hard no” category, the debate over pop culture… Read more »


Current GSA Contractors Alert – Consolidation Mass Modification Rollout Begins

Feb 6, 2020

  By Julia Coon, The General Services Administration (GSA) has begun issuing the mass modifications for Phase II of the Multiple Award Schedule consolidation. Current GSA contract holders will be receiving a mass modification for each contract updating the Special Item Numbers (SINs) and terms and conditions in accordance with the new consolidated Multiple Award… Read more »


Random Procurement Musings in the Dog Days of January

Jan 30, 2020

  By William Weisberg, Esq., A dreary day in late January–too late for a “Predictions for the Coming year” blog post, and a little too early for “Emerging Trends in Procurement So Far This year.” So, a few thoughts, (or maybe predictions, anyway): The Amazon JEDI protest is going to come to a head sooner than… Read more »


GAO Finds That DOD Faced Fraud and National Security Risks From Contracting in 2019

Jan 16, 2020

  By Heather Mims, Esq. The Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) published a report on November 25, 2019 which recommended that the Department of Defense (“DOD”) should include an assessment of risks related to contractor ownership as part of its ongoing efforts to conduct fraud risk assessments.  See Ongoing DOD Fraud Risk Assessment Efforts Should Include Contractor… Read more »


“Cold Take” Alert: There’s A Reason It’s Called “Working At Risk”

Jan 9, 2020

  By David Warner, Last month, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims issued a decision underscoring the substantial risk contractors incur if they perform work not properly authorized by the appropriate government authority. The decision in Panther Brands, LLC v. United States, No. 16-1157C (Dec. 17, 2019) serves as a stark reminder that, even in the… Read more »


GSA Multiple Award Schedule Mass Modification Will Impact Pending and Current Schedule Holders – January 2020

Jan 2, 2020

  By JW Butler On October 1, 2019 The General Services Administration (GSA) released the new Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) 47QSMD20R0001. GSA has tentatively scheduled the first mass modification refresh for the MAS Solicitation 47QSMD20R0001 for January 2020. The MAS will be updated to incorporate the below changes in Refresh #1: Implement the 2nd Interim… Read more »