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A special two-day program for contract managers, personnel professionals, legal counsel, project managers, financial personnel, and compliance officials covering:

  • The applicable labor requirements - from wage rates and fringe benefits to health plans and overtime issues.
  • When they are applied.
  • How they are enforced.
  • Efficiently incorporating them into your contract activities.

Government contracting is tough enough without labor problems on your home ground. Even so, contractors who perform a wide range of services for the Government must comply with a sweeping range of special labor requirements. Chief among these labor requirements are those contained in the Service Contract Act provisions continually presenting contractors with a large number of difficult questions and problem areas, and ones that are being more aggressively reviewed and enforced by the Government than ever before-with increasingly severe penalties.

This special two-day program will teach you what the Service Contract Act's labor requirements are, when they are applicable, and how to efficiently incorporate them into your daily contracting activities. The special Course Curriculum has been designed to offer maximum benefits to personnel professionals, contract managers, legal counsel, project managers, and others who are involved with a contract's labor requirements. Further, the course offers practical guidance on your rights, options and remedies.

Included in the program are analyses of:

  • When the Act applies.
  • The Act's coverage; exemptions to the provisions.
  • Wage determination procedures; prevailing labor rate issues.
  • Determining prevailing fringe benefits.
  • Measuring health and safety benefits; compliance with the requirements; the problem of self?insured benefit plans.
  • Applications to subcontracts.
  • Special problems of off-site contracts.
  • Multi year contracts and contracts with options.
  • The effect of change orders and wage escalations.
  • The Successor Contractor rule.
  • Debarment absent "unusual circumstances" rule.
  • Applicable overtime compensation laws.
  • Special overtime problems.
  • Interrelationship of the Service Contract Act with other labor laws.
Dates and Locations
September 24-25, 2018
American Management Association
Arlington, VA
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

1.     Introduction to the Service Contract Act

a.     Prevailing Wages and Labor Rates

b.     Bona Fide Fringe Benefits

c.     Administrative and Recordkeeping Requirements

d.     Relationship to Other Federal and State Wage and Hour Laws

2.     Exemptions

a.     Executive

b.     Administrative

c.     Professional

d.     Contracts Not "Primarily for Services"

e.     Construction Contracts

f.      Supply Contracts

g.     "Remanufacturing" Contracts

h.     Transportation, Communication, Direct Employment and Postal Station Contracts

i.      ADP and High Technology Equipment Maintenance Contract

j.      Office/Business Machines Repair Contracts

3.     Coverage of The Act

a.     Definition of Service Employees

b.     Subcontractors

c.     State and Municipal Employees

d.     Indefinite Quantity Contracts

e.     Part-Time Employees

f.      Geographical Coverage

g.     Mixed Supply and Service Contracts

4.     Wage Determination (WD) Procedures

a.     Contents of a WD

b.     Requesting a WD

c.     Conforming Wage Rates

d.     WD Received Before Bid Opening

e.     WD After Bid Opening

f.      WD After Date for Receipt of Proposals

g.     Multi-Region and Nationwide WDs

h.     "Due Consideration" of Wage Board Rates

i.      FAR Procedures Where Place of Performance Uncertain

j.      Administrative Review by Wage and Hour Administrator

k.     Review by Board of Service Contract Appeals

5.     Determining Fringe Benefits

a.     Types of Acceptable Fringes

b.     Focus on Vacation Benefits

c.     Hourly Health and Welfare Benefits

d.     Average Health & Welfare Benefits

e.     Self-Insurance Programs

6.     Application of the Service Contract Act

a.     Without a Contract Provision

b.     Without a Wage Determination

c.     Application and Preemption of State Wage and Hour Laws

7.     Change Orders and Escalation

a.     SCA Pricing of Adjustment Claims

b.     ASBCA and Claims Court Interpretations

c.     Effect of FLSA Increases in Minimum Wages

8.     The Successor Contractor Rule

a.     In General

b.     Defining the Locality

c.     "Successor Contractor" Defined

d.     Benefits Covered

e.     Exceptions

9.     Monetary Penalties for Violation

a.     Back Pay Liability

b.     Withholding of Contract Funds

c.     Judicial Review

d.     Private Right of Action for Retaliatory Discharge

e.     Priority of Unpaid Workers to Contract Funds

f.      Statute of Limitations

g.     Contract Cancellation

10.   Three Year Debarment Penalty

a.     "Unusual Circumstances" Defined

b.     Debarment Procedures

c.     Administrative and Judicial Review

d.     "Substantial Interest" Defined

11.   Overtime Compensation Issues

a.     Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for White Collar Workers

b.     Contract Work Hours Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA) and Liquidated Damages for Blue Collar Workers

c.     Determining Working Time

d.     Calculating Regular Rate and Overtime

e.     Half-Time

f.      Belo Plans

g.     Compensatory Time and Time Off

12.   Special Overtime Problems

a.     Wage Busting of Professional Employees-OMB Policy Letter 78-2

b.     Uncompensated Overtime

13.   DOL Audits

a.     Current enforcement environment

b.     Audit procedures and results

c.     Potential Penalties

d.     Common compliance pitfalls

14.   Interplay with GSA/VA Schedule contracts

a.     Contract requirements

b.     Compliance challenges

15.   Compliance programs and systems

a.     Compliance responsibilities within an organization

b.     Affected business processes

c.     Methods for compliance

d.     Tools and systems

Aaron Raddock
Aaron Raddock is a Managing Director in BDO’s Government Contracts & Advisory Services group and leads the labor law compliance practice. He has more than ten years of consulting experience working with government contractors in virtually every industry. Aaron provides government contractors and recipients of federal funds with accounting, compliance, audit and litigation support covering almost all phases of the contract life cycle. His specific experience includes performing compliance assessments, detailed back pay calculations, compliance program implementations and training related to the Service Contract Act and the Davis-Bacon Act. Aaron also regularly assists SCA and DBA-covered contractors in pricing requests for equitable adjustment, navigating DOL audits, supporting government disclosures, and providing expert testimony. In addition to his focus on labor law compliance, Aaron’s experience includes helping contractors with cost accounting and business system compliance associated with FAR/CAS, GSA and VA Schedule pricing analyses for proposals, option renewals and mandatory disclosures, as well as various types of investigations, claims and disputes. Aaron has published a number of articles and regularly speaks on a variety of government contracting compliance issues including labor law compliance. He has written and spoken on the SCA, DBA, Federal Minimum Wage, Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces, the Sick Leave Executive Order and more.
Daniel B. Abrahams
Mr. Abrahams is a founding partner of Abrahams Wolf-Rodda, LLC, a boutique government contracts and wage & hour law firm in the Washington DC metropolitan area. See The practice includes traditional government contracts work (bid protests, claims, compliance advice, prime-sub disputes, etc.) and a wage & hour practice (spanning the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Service Contract Act, the Davis-Bacon Act, various Executive Orders, and state wage laws).  In the latter, Mr. Abrahams represents mostly employers in class and collective actions, individual lawsuits, federal and state wage investigations, and self-audit compliance.  At his new boutique law firm, Mr. Abrahams is now available to represent workers in their personal wage claims, including collective and class actions. Mr. Abrahams also has been retained to be an exemption classification consultant and expert witness in wage and hour disputes.

Mr. Abrahams was formerly a partner at Brown Rudnick LLP for almost 10 years and was at Epstein Becker & Green, PC for almost 25 years. He is the former Chairman of the American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Section, Employment Safety & Labor Committee. He is also a former adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School where he taught a course called “Federal Labor Standards.” 
Starting in 1985, Mr. Abrahams co-authored more than nine books in the fields of government contracts and wage and hour law.  His wage & hour publications include the: Fair Labor Standards Handbook for State, Local Governments and Schools; Employer's Guide to the Fair Labor Standards Act; FLSA Employer Exemption Handbook; and Public Employer's Guide to Payroll Administration. In 2011, Mr. Abrahams also co-authored three booklets: Smart Guide to FLSA Exemptions; Do I have to pay My Employees for This? FLSA Working Time Essentials; and FLSA Overtime Basics. In the government contracts field, Mr. Abrahams co-authored the: Government Contracts Compliance Guide; Public Official’s Guide to e-Government; and Government Contractor’s Guide to Employment Law Compliance. Overlapping the government contracts and wage & hour field, Mr. Abrahams co-authored two Federal Publications (now West) Briefing Papers: The Service Contract Act; and The Davis-Bacon Act.

Mr. Abrahams teaches regularly for Federal Publications Seminars on the Service Contract Act and the Davis-Bacon Act. He has been a continuous speaker at ThomsonReuter’s Year in Review Conference and its predecessors since the late 1980s.

Mr. Abrahams has a Master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and later attended the George Washington University Law School where he was the Notes Editor of the George Washington Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif. 
Shlomo Katz
Mr. Katz is a member of the Government Contracts Group. 

Mr. Katz practices in the areas of commercial and government procurement law and litigation, wage and hour law and construction law. Mr. Katz has significant experience in preparing, negotiating and litigating contract claims and bid protests, as well as advising clients on contract compliance, small business, subcontracting and data rights issues under government contracts. He has successfully litigated before federal, state and local courts and the Government Accountability Office and Boards of Contract Appeals.

In addition, Mr. Katz represents clients in connection with minimum wage, working time and overtime issues under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act, Service Contract Act, Davis-Bacon Act and state wage payment and prevailing wage laws. This includes conducting proactive wage-hour audits for employers as well as litigation minimum wage, overtime and wage payment claims.

Tim Helm
Tim Helm is a Managing Director in BDO’s Government Contractor Advisory Services practice. He is recognized as a leading expert in all matters pertaining to the Service Contract Act (SCA), the Davis-Bacon Act (DBA), and other prevailing wage laws. Tim began his career with the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) as an investigator in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania district office. In 1989, he was transferred to WHD’s national office where he served as the Director of Government Contracts Enforcement. He was responsible for the enforcement and compliance assistance programs for government contracts, including the SCA and the DBA. In 2009, he led WHD in the revitalization of the government contracts enforcement and compliance assistance programs, ensuring that workers on projects funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act received the wages and benefits to which they were entitled. He oversaw the increase of DBA investigations from a low of 300 per year in 2008 to more than 1,800 investigations per year. He was the recipient of the Department of Labor’s Distinguished Career Service Award and retired from the Department of Labor in February 2015 after more than 33 years of government service. He now provides government contractors with compliance advice and support services as a consultant at BDO.
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