Employers Beware: D.C. Beefs Up Enforcement of Wage Laws

By Anthony Marchese Last year, the District of Columbia amended its Wage Theft Prevention Act, as well as other local labor laws that apply to companies with workers in the District. The stated purpose of the changes, which took effect in February 2015, is to increase the remedies, fines, and administrative penalties and to beef […]

D.C. Making Changes to Its Small Business Preference Rules

On February 26, 2015, the District of Columbia’s Department of State and Local Business Development (DSLBD) made an announcement requesting public comments on recent changes made last fall to the D.C. local law concerning contract preferences for small businesses and other “Certified Business Enterprises” (CBEs). These changes were made by the Small and Certified Business […]

SBA Changes Contract Qualification Rules for Small Businesses

As we noted in an earlier blog post this month, the Small Business Administration has released a proposed rule that would affect, in several ways, the operation of several special business preference programs for federal contracts.  These include the 8(a) program for disadvantaged small businesses, the HUBZone program for businesses in historically underutilized business zones, and […]

New SBA Rule Would Help Small Businesses Qualify for Federal Programs

By Carol L. O’Riordan The Small Business Administration has released a proposed rule that would affect the operation of several special business preference programs for federal contracts, such as the 8(a) program for disadvantaged small businesses, the HUBZone program for businesses in historically underutilized business zones, and the program to aid businesses run by service-disabled […]

SBA Proposes New Mentor-Protege Program for Small Businesses

  The Small Business Administration, which has the mission of expanding federal contract opportunities for various types of small businesses while continuing to work to prevent fraud in these programs, is proposing to establish a government-wide mentor-protégé program for all types of small businesses, parallel to the existing mentor-protégé program under the SBA’s 8(a) business […]

O’Riordan Bethel Receives Award for Its Work for Virginia Agency

At the 2014 Annual Breakthrough Breakfast of the Women Presidents’ Educational Organization (WPEO) at D.C’s .J.W. Marriott Hotel on December 4, 2014, O’Riordan Bethel received the Access Public Sector Award in recognition of its work with the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Minority Business Enterprise. The WPEO is a national women’s business organization that promotes […]

O’Riordan to Speak on Procurement at Supply Management Event

Managing Partner Carol L. O’Riordan will be the featured speaker on the evening of November 18, 2014, at a meeting of the Institute for Supply Management, National Capital Area, Inc. Ms. O’Riordan will speak on the topic of “Supply Chain:  Government Contracts and Procurement Concerns.” The event will take place from 4:45 to 6:15 pm. […]

Counsel Needs to Focus on Developing Company’s Legal IQ

By Carol L. O’Riordan A current article in Corporate Counsel magazine asks the critical question: What’s your company’s legal IQ? The article points out that these days, legal issues are often quite diffused within sizable companies, so that managers don’t always recognize them as such. In addition, corporate legal departments haven’t necessarily done a good job […]

As DOJ Gets Tough on Fraud, Compliance Needs to Ramp Up

By Pamela J. Bethel On September 17, 2014, Leslie Caldwell, assistant U.S. attorney general in charge of the Criminal Division, addressed many key issues about the federal False Claims Act in a major speech at the Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund Conference in Washington, D.C. The Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund brings together whistleblowers who […]