Can Employers Require COVID-19 Vaccinations?

Posted on January 5, 2021
On December 16, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its COVID-19 Technical Assistance Questions and Answers to address the legal implications when mandating the COVID-19 vaccination under federal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Genetic...
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Assessing Contractor Implementation of Cybersecurity Requirements

Posted on December 17, 2020
The Department of Defense (“DoD”) implemented a new Interim Rule on November 30, 2020 – Assessing Contractor Implementation of Cybersecurity Requirements. This rule serves as an amendment to the Defense Regulation Supplement (“DFARS”) clause 252.204-7012 and implements a new Assessment Methodology and Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Framework. Essentially, the DoD is revamping their cybersecurity...
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Virginia Government Contractor Facing Federal Indictment for Allegedly Selling Chinese-Made Products to US Government

On July 6, 2020, a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Arthur Morgan, of Lorton, Virginia, with federal wire fraud charges. Morgan is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Surveillance Equipment Group, Inc. (SEG). SEG, through Morgan, entered into General Services Administration (GSA) contracts with the federal government to provide helmets, body armor,...
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Don’t Cut Compliance

"Cutting compliance will only make things much worse." Ward & Berry PLLC co-founder Ryan Berry with an important compliance PSA for federal contractors. [video width="1280" height="720" mp4="/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Dont-Cut-Compliance.mp4"][/video]
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Attention federal contractors with operations in Virginia! There has been a sea change in Virginia employment law that greatly increases your exposure to lawsuits in Virginia state courts. Read on… Virginia has long been extremely protective of the at-will employment doctrine and (apart from narrow public policy exceptions) barred direct lawsuits by employees alleging...
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BREAKING NEWS: Latest SBA/Treasury Guidance Creates Safe Harbor for Economic Necessity Certification for All PPP Loans Under $2 Million

The Small Business Administration (“SBA”) and the Department of the Treasury (“DOT”) have been collaborating on guidance for compliance with the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”).  But the “guidance” has been much more than guidance—it has taken on the aura of a rulemaking, promulgating interpretations of the underlying statute and establishing standards of enforcement. Further,...
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