APRIl 2022 | article
Office Return Is (Another) Good Time to Think About Compliance
With many companies adopting return to work policies after the decline of the latest COVID-19 wave in the United States, now is a good time for government contractors to assess, update, and train on ethics and compliance policies. Return to work, especially with the advent of wide-spread adoption of hybrid models, presents unique challenges to be addressed as part of your overall compliance framework. For example, your existing (pre-COVID) policies and practices may not adequately address record retention or data security issues that result from employees, documents and computer hardware moving routinely from place to place as employees split time between work and home. Your dispersed workforce may also have record decentralization issues that result in delays and increase auditor scrutiny, or be in need of additional timekeeping training as work-from-home continues to blur the boundaries of the “work day.”
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October 2020 | article
Paid Leave During COVID-19: Complying with a Moving Target
Paid leave for contractor employees has emerged as a moving target caught in the interplay between existing laws and new statutes and policies aimed at combating COVID-19. The new Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and evolving FFCRA U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) guidance, in particular, present unique challenges for contractors trying to develop paid leave compliance procedures and properly document the nature and basis for employees’ claimed leave. Contractors should follow emerging FFCRA guidance, document how multiple paid leave options are implemented in their procedures, and maintain adequate records for potential audits down the road. This article highlights some of the challenges and potential solutions for addressing paid employee leave.
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January 21, 2022
Get the Latest Updates on Federal Vaccine Mandates
Join contracting and employment attorneys Posi Oshinowo, Craig Smith, and Eric W. Leonard as they walk you through the latest on this critical issue and some of the steps your firm should consider taking as the new year gets underway.
SEPTEMBER 15, 2020
Preparing for COVID-19 Fraud-Related Investigations and Enforcement
The influx of more than $2 trillion in federal funds into the U.S. economy has brought scrutiny into how those taxpayer dollars are being used, and presents challenges for businesses that are recipients of the funds – including legal, political, public relations, and policy risks. This webinar will review DOJ’s enforcement landscape during the pandemic, with a focus on the False Claims Act, joint agency enforcement, congressional investigations, state False Claims Act enforcement, and what’s next and preparing for COVID-19 related investigations.
June 11, 2020
Government Contracts M&A and Due Diligence Risks in Times of COVID-19
Jon Burd and Jerita Salley join the ACC NCR Corporate Forum for a discussion to review the unique government contracts aspects of M&A transactions, the challenges of conducting due diligence in a mostly virtual environment, and the potential impact of the coronavirus crisis on future deals. (NOTE: Clients of Wiley should register as “Guest of Presenters” to avoid a fee.)
MAY 27, 2020
Coronavirus Impact on Grantees
Brian Walsh and Kendra Perkins Norwood will cover COVID-19 related memoranda issued by OMB and other agencies concerning federal financial assistance during and relating to the pandemic; best practices for contracting for emergency services using federal grant funds; avoiding compliance missteps and preparing for subsequent audits and investigations for waste, fraud and abuse; and COVID-19 related funding opportunities to help fight the pandemic.
MAY 6, 2020
COVID-19: Contractors’ Road to Recovery
Join Wiley's own Kendra Perkins Norwood for an outstanding 60-minute webinar with the National Bar Association and George Washington University Law School’s Government Procurement Program, to discuss contractors’ road to recovery – the challenges and opportunities facing government contractors as the country emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.
APRIL 29, 2020
Clarification in the Time of COVID-19: Updates on the CARES Act and FFCRA
Wiley attorneys Todd A. Bromberg, Jessica N. Rosenthal, and Martha G. Vázquez will discuss clarifications issued by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for the $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) for businesses with fewer than 50 employees that may qualify for an exemption from the FFCRA leave requirements.
APRIL 22, 2020
Entering Federally-Funded Government Contracts Because of COVID-19? Look Out for Byrd Amendment and Lobbying Restrictions Pitfalls
March 25, 2020
Get Your Priorities Straight: Navigating the Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS) in Coronavirus Times
The Federal Government’s power to redirect the efforts of contractors reaches its peak during times of crisis. So it should come as no surprise that the Administration may wield long-established statutory discretion, under the Defense Production Act of 1950 (DPA), to control what companies make and do (and when) as things are needed to address the current COVID-19 public health emergency. This topic is now front-page news following the President’s invocation of the DPA to provide such powers to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on March 18, 2020.
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