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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.

Learning Objectives: 
After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Know the standards and regulations of the Service Contract Act
  • Recognize the different types of exemptions such as supply contracts and transportation
  • Accurately determine wage rates based on SCA 
  • Create effective compliance procedures
  • Accurately classify workers and based on an areas ‘prevailing’ rate
  • Establish correct Wage Determinations based on wage rates 
  • Recognize the difference between a service contract and a construction contract
  • Mitigate risks for monetary penalties due to violations
  • Develop an audit compliance strategy
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.
May 5-6, 2021
Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
La Jolla, CA
Travel Info
Standard: $1,375.00
Premium: $1,770.00
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
La Jolla, CA and Hilton Head, SC
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
All other locations

1.     Introduction to the Service Contract Act

  • Prevailing Wages and Labor Rates
  • Bona Fide Fringe Benefits
  • Administrative and Recordkeeping Requirements
  • Relationship to Other Federal and State Wage and Hour Laws

2.     Exemptions

  • Executive
  • Administrative
  • Professional
  • Contracts Not "Primarily for Services"
  • Construction Contracts
  • Supply Contracts
  • "Remanufacturing" Contracts
  • Transportation, Communication, Direct Employment and Postal Station Contracts
  • ADP and High Technology Equipment Maintenance Contract
  • Office/Business Machines Repair Contracts

3.     Coverage of The Act

  • Definition of Service Employees
  • Subcontractors
  • State and Municipal Employees
  • Indefinite Quantity Contracts
  • Part-Time Employees
  • Geographical Coverage
  • Mixed Supply and Service Contracts

4.     Wage Determination (WD) Procedures

  • Contents of a WD
  • Requesting a WD
  • Conforming Wage Rates
  • WD Received Before Bid Opening
  • WD After Bid Opening
  • WD After Date for Receipt of Proposals
  • Multi-Region and Nationwide WDs
  • "Due Consideration" of Wage Board Rates
  • FAR Procedures Where Place of Performance Uncertain
  • Administrative Review by Wage and Hour Administrator
  • Review by Board of Service Contract Appeals

5.     Determining Fringe Benefits

  • Types of Acceptable Fringes
  • Focus on Vacation Benefits
  • Hourly Health and Welfare Benefits
  • Average Health & Welfare Benefits
  • Self-Insurance Programs

6. Application of the Service Contract Act

  • Without a Contract Provision
  • Without a Wage Determination
  • Application and Preemption of State Wage and Hour Laws

7.     Change Orders and Escalation

  • SCA Pricing of Adjustment Claims
  • ASBCA and Claims Court Interpretations
  • Effect of FLSA Increases in Minimum Wages

8.     The Successor Contractor Rule

  • In General
  • Defining the Locality
  • "Successor Contractor" Defined
  • Benefits Covered
  • Exceptions

9.     Monetary Penalties for Violation

  • Back Pay Liability
  • Withholding of Contract Funds
  • Judicial Review
  • Private Right of Action for Retaliatory Discharge
  • Priority of Unpaid Workers to Contract Funds
  • Statute of Limitations
  • Contract Cancellation

10.   Three Year Debarment Penalty

  • "Unusual Circumstances" Defined
  • Debarment Procedures
  • Administrative and Judicial Review
  • "Substantial Interest" Defined

11.   Overtime Compensation Issues

  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for White Collar Workers
  • Contract Work Hours Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA) and Liquidated Damages for Blue Collar Workers
  • Determining Working Time
  • Calculating Regular Rate and Overtime
  • Half-Time
  • Belo Plans
  • Compensatory Time and Time Off

12.   Special Overtime Problems

  • Wage Busting of Professional Employees-OMB Policy Letter 78-2
  •  Uncompensated Overtime

13.   DOL Audits

  • Current enforcement environment
  • Audit procedures and results
  • Potential Penalties
  • Common compliance pitfalls

14.   Interplay with GSA/VA Schedule contracts

  • Contract requirements
  • Compliance challenges

15.   Compliance programs and systems

  • Compliance responsibilities within an organization
  • Affected business processes
  • Methods for compliance
  • Tools and systems
  • Daniel B. Abrahams
    Founding Partner of Abrahams Wolf-Rodda, LLC
    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, pr...
  • Tim Helm
    Director, BDO
    Tim 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 di...
  • Shlomo Katz
    Counsel, Brown Rudnick
    Mr. Katz is a Counsel in Brown Rudnick’s Washington, DC office where he is a member of the Wage and Hour Group, a practice spanning the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Service Contract Act, the Davis-Bacon Act, and state wage laws. He represents mostly employers in class and collective actions,...
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Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
3777 La Jolla Village Drive
La Jolla, CA, 92122
Hotel & Room Block Info

We have a room block secured for the La Jolla weeklong event. For guest room reservations, call 800.937.8461 and reference the Federal Publications room block. Group rate is $239 + taxes/night. Click here to make your reservation. You must make your reservation by April 1, 2021. Rooms are subject to availability.

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Food & Beverage
During La Jolla Government Contracts Week, we will be serving continental breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack each day.

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