SMGG Blog

How Does a Person Prove LGBT Status for Purpose of Certification?

December 23, 2021
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Business Services, Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

If you are an LGBT business owner, you may have considered becoming a certified LGBT-owned business through the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBTBE) certification or another... Read more

Fight for Your Right to Get Usable Data in Discovery

November 19, 2021

The production of documents as large combined PDF (Portable Document Format) documents is the modern-day equivalent of a discovery data dump.  We have all experienced the receipt of several 1,000+ page PDF documents... Read more

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Declares Acting Secretary’s School Masking Order Void ab initio

November 10, 2021

In a 4-1 ruling today, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court declared the... Read more

Commonwealth Court Provides Guidance on Planned Residential Developments

November 8, 2021

Planned Residential Developments (PRDs) are a popular zoning classification across the Commonwealth, especially in the western Pennsylvania suburbs surrounding Pittsburgh. PRDs attract developers because they allow... Read more

Federal Appeals Court Stays OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccine Emergency Temporary Standard

November 6, 2021

Today the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit granted an emergency motion to stay enforcement of OSHA’s November 5, 2021 Emergency Temporary Standard. A number of parties, including several... Read more

Vaccine Mandate UPDATE

November 5, 2021

As expected, the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for mandatory vaccinations was published today.  The ETS is available Read more

The Federal Vaccine Mandate Is Here!

November 4, 2021

The unpublished version of the federal vaccine mandate for private employers was released today. (Federal workers and contractors were covered under prior Executive Orders.) The Read more

CMS Issues Emergency Rule Requiring COVID-19 Vaccines for Healthcare Providers by January 4, 2022

November 4, 2021

The government is forcing the hand of healthcare providers who have dragged their feet on enacting COVID-19 vaccine requirements.  Today, November 4, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a... Read more

Contractor to Pay $188,879.59 to Settle Claims That Owner Falsified DBE Personal Net Worth Statement

November 2, 2021
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Business Services, Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

On October 29, 2021, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Texas announced a $188,879.59 settlement with Muniz Concrete and Contracting, Inc. to resolve False Claims Act allegations arising out of... Read more

Can Your Ownership In Your Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Be Held in A Trust?

October 21, 2021
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Business Services, Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

There are many tax and estate planning reasons why a person may want to put their ownership interest in a business into a trust.  However, if that business is or wants to be certified as a Disadvantaged Business... Read more