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Government contractors must comply with two new employment rules on January 1, 2017

In 2017, government contractors must comply with two new requirements for their employees: an increased minimum wage rate and paid sick leave.

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Fair pay and safe workplaces rule becomes effective on October 25

See this update to this post.

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SBA expands mentor-protégé program

On August 24, 2016, the new rule establishing an expanded mentor-protégé program of the Small Business Administration (SBA) took effect. Formerly, the mentor-protégé program was limited to participants in the SBA 8(a) program, which is only available to businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. The new program expands the mentor-protégé program to—

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Mistakes are now more expensive

For many government contractors, their biggest fear may be being debarred from seeking government contracts. One common cause of debarment is a contractor’s failure to abide by the myriads of government rules and regulations involved in government contracting. But the government realizes that every contractor may make an occasional mistake or employ a bad-apple employee. So rather than always resorting to debarment, seeking reimbursement, or criminal prosecution, the government may assess a civil penalty.

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Veterans may get more contracting opportunities

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision may provide more government contracting opportunities for service-disabled and other veterans. The decision broadened the effect of a Congressional mandate about contracting with veterans.

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