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    Everything You Need to Know about SBA's Manufacturer and Non-Manufacturer Rules

    July 17, 2019

    Presented by Jon Williams and Timothy Valley.

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    To Manufacture or Non-Manufacture? That is the question answered by this webinar, which focuses on how to qualify as a small business manufacturer or nonmanufacturer for set-aside contracts. The Small Business Administration (“SBA”) has specific rules detailing what it takes to qualify as a small business manufacturer or as a so-called “nonmanufacturer.” Jon Williams and Tim Valley, members of PilieroMazza’s Government Contracts Group, discuss:

    • SBA’s manufacturer and non-manufacturer rules,

    • waivers of the non-manufacturer rule,

    • tips to qualify under these rules,

    • utilizing mentor-protégé and joint venture relationships in this area, and

    • how the rules have been interpreted in case law.

    Managing and Incentivizing Employees

    May 15, 2019Presented by Sarah Nash and Dave Shafer

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    Attracting and retaining talent is a key challenge for many businesses in this current economic cycle where low unemployment and access to cleared employees is a common challenge. In this webinar, focuses on achieving business goals through attracting, incentivizing, and managing employees. The presenters reviewed the various options available to companies with differing corporate structures, at different stages of growth, and with differing objectives. They also discussed how company goals can determine what incentives to put in place and what restrictions to impose on employees in exchange for those benefits.

    • Essential components of an employment agreement
    • Options for incentive plans (bonus, stock, synthetic equity, etc.)
    • Non-compete and non-solicitation agreements and limitations
    • Other retention and recruiting strategies

    How Federal Contractors Can Survive During and After the Government Shutdown

    January 25, 2019Presented By Cy Alba, Nichole Atallah, and Michelle Litteken

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    While in the midst of the longest government shutdown in US history and contractors, the unsung heroes of the federal government who perform a great deal of the work vital to the economic and political success of our nation, are left to wonder what options they have, whether they will be made whole, and how to deal with their employees.

    PilieroMazza’s Government Contracting Group and its Employment Law Group discuss the obligations contractors have during the shutdown:
    • What employment law pitfalls to avoid
    • How to deal with furloughed employees
    • Strategies to minimize and potentially recover costs incurred because of the shutdown
    • What contractors can and should be prepared to do when the shutdown ends

    SBA Proposes Significant Changes to Small Business Procurement: Will You Be Impacted?

    January 16, 2019Presented By Antonio Franco and Sam Finnerty

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    On December 4, 2018, the SBA issued a proposed rule that includes a number of sweeping amendments to the SBA’s regulations which will have a significant impact on small businesses. The proposed rule addresses important matters for small businesses, such as the limitations on subcontracting requirements and exclusions for compliance purposes, and requirements for size and status recertification. The SBA is also clarifying when size is determined, and the size rules applicable to joint ventures arising out of the ostensible subcontractor rule. The proposed rule also impacts large businesses with subcontracting plans.

    This session discusses the proposed changes and how they can impact government contractors, particularly small businesses. Comments to the proposed rule are due on February 4, 2019. This session will educate listeners on the changes and encourage you to submit comments to SBA.

    Understanding OCI Mitigation Plans

    November 7, 2018Presented By Antonio Franco and Michelle Litteken.

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    The risk of an organizational conflict of interest (OCI) - either perceived or actual - strikes fear in the heart of many government contractors. An OCI may result in disqualification from a procurement, a bid protest overturning a contract award, or termination of a contract. However, in many cases, an OCI can be mitigated if a contractor proactively implements an OCI mitigation plan. The mitigation and avoidance measures provided for in the plan must be tailored to address the requirements in the relevant contract(s) and the type(s) of OCIs presented. Although this may seem like a daunting task, OCI mitigation is achievable, and successful mitigation of OCIs may enable a contractor to continue to serve its agency customers—and potentially expand its portfolio.

    This session will help you understand how to overcome OCIs by learning what is required to develop a mitigation plan. Tony Franco and Michelle Litteken of our Government Contracts group presented this webinar.

    Labor Law 101: Bargaining with Your Employees' Labor Representative: The Dos and Don'ts of Union Negotiations

    October 31, 2018Presented By Nichole Atallah and Sarah Nash

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    While many are familiar with the standard salary or benefit negotiation, negotiations with a Union are governed by a completely different set of rules. The NLRA places a number of restrictions on what companies can and can’t discuss. Know your rights and know your limitations before staring across the table.

    Labor Law 101: SCA, DBA, and CBA's - Where Labor Law and Government Contracting Collide

    October 24, 2018Presented By Nichole Atallah and Sarah Nash

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    What you don’t know, can really hurt you. From bidding to negotiations to price adjustments, understanding how labor laws influence government contracting can have huge implications for contractor business. Make sure you have the information you need before bidding on a contract with a unionized (or organizing) workforce.

    What to Do When the Investigator Comes Knocking: Dealing with Subpoenas

    October 23, 2018Presented by Paul Mengel and Matt Feinberg

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    Given the country’s current social and political climate, there has been a significant public focus recently on, among other things, sexual harassment and sexual assault, public corruption, fraud against the Government, and the wage gap. Companies should therefore reasonably expect to become involved in some sort of investigation or private claim and, as a result, to receive a subpoena or other document request, whether from a state attorney general, an agency or inspector general, or a party in private litigation. 

    This webinar discusses what you can do to protect your company before, during, and after you receive a subpoena, with tips for limiting liability and attorneys’ fees during the process.

    Labor Law 101: What Employers Need to Understand About the NLRA

    October 17, 2018Presented By Nichole Atallah and Sarah Nash

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    Whether your employees are unionized or not, chances are the National Labor Relations Act applies to you. This seminar will help you navigate the Act and keep on the right side of labor laws.

    Using CTAs to Pursue GSA Schedule Opportunities - The Basics You Need to Know

    Practice Area: Government Contracts
    September 20, 2018Presented By Katie Flood and Julia Di Vito

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    Although the FAR provides a fairly generic definition of a Contracting Team Arrangement (CTA), the concept means something very distinct when applied in the pursuit of a GSA Schedule opportunity. Combining practical elements from both joint ventures and prime/subcontractor relationships, GSA provides contractors the opportunity to team together under a CTA umbrella in order for the contractors to combine their respective Schedule offerings in response to the needs of an ordering agency. While GSA has released general guidance regarding the structure and form of these relationships, there are no official regulations governing them. There also appears to be a certain degree of confusion in the contracting community regarding when their use is appropriate, and who can be a CTA team member.

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