COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

More than seven months ago, on September 9, 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order 14042, which imposed a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on many federal contractors and subcontractors. As we have previously reported, the order intended to use the federal government’s contracting power to increase the number of vaccinated people. Since then, 26 states

Uncle Sam Wants You! (To Get Vaccinated, If You’re a Federal Contractor): Updated COVID-19 Workplace Safety Guidelines Are HereAs promised, on September 24, 2021, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force issued Guidance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors about the implementation of President Biden’s Executive Order 14042, which imposed a vaccine mandate on many federal contractors. Bottom line up front, as the military likes to say, Uncle Sam wants its federal contractors to

New Vaccine Requirements for Federal ContractorsThe Biden administration recently announced that “every federal government employee and onsite contractor will be asked to attest to their vaccination status,” and that anyone who “does not attest to being fully vaccinated will be required to wear a mask on the job no matter their geographic location, physically distance from all other employees and

PPP Deferment Extended for Borrowers Who Appeal Forgiveness DecisionsThe Small Business Administration (SBA) recently issued an interim final rule that extends the deferment period for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) borrowers who appeal final SBA loan review decisions.

Prior to the issuance of this interim final rule, the rule for appeals of final SBA loan review decisions on PPP loans provided that appeals by

Hold Those Forms: AGC Announcement Raises Doubts on PPP Questionnaire

The Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Necessity Questionnaire may soon be a thing of the past. Last fall the SBA began requiring lenders to provide certain questionnaires to PPP borrowers that received loans of $2 million or more. The questionnaire was meant to help assess the veracity of a borrower’s certification that

Important Changes to International Arbitration ProceduresTo all our friends with international projects, partners, or contracts, please take note of some significant changes to one of the potential sets of procedures and rules that may govern or apply to your international dispute. The International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) recently amended its Dispute Resolution Procedures (including its Arbitration and Mediation Rules),

ICC Releases New International Arbitration Rules – Important Changes for the Construction and Energy SectorThe International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration, one of the leading international arbitral institutions, has released revised Rules of Arbitration to take effect in January 2021. The 2021 ICC Rules contain some important updates, especially for the construction and energy sector, which constitutes approximately 40% of the ICC’s overall caseload. The 2021

Federal Highway Construction Funding Extended for Another Year Without Long-Term Plan in PlaceOne of the key refrains of national politics recently has been that we need to address, repair, and replace aging infrastructure. Of course, this leads to the core problem of funding as the amount of infrastructure construction and maintenance currently needed in the U.S. is staggering. The federal government recently put off dealing with this

SBA’s New Paycheck Protection Program Appeal RuleAs part of Bradley’s continued reporting on issues arising from the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that uniquely impact government contractors, we summarize here a new Small Business Administration (SBA) loan decision appeal rule.

Background on the New Rule

On March 27, 2020, the CARES Act became law. Section 1102 of that