SMGG Blog

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The unpublished version of the federal vaccine mandate for private employers was released today.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

What is a NAICS code and why is it important to your DBE/MBE/WBE certification?

October 5, 2021
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Business Services, Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

If your company is applying for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) or Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certification, you will need to provide your company’s NAICS... Read more

ALLEGHENY COUNTY EMPLOYERS MUST PROVIDE PAID SICK LEAVE

September 16, 2021

A few years ago, employers in Pittsburgh became subject to the City’s paid sick leave ordinance.  Now, all employers with 26 or more employees are covered by a local paid sick leave law.  On September 14, the Allegheny County Council ratified... Read more

“I always feel like somebody’s watching me…” The Legalities of Smart Devices and Privacy

September 1, 2021
By Lynne Hewitt
Posted in E-Discovery Services, Litigation

By Lynne Hewitt and the eDiscovery Committee at SMGG:  Gretchen Moore, Lydia Gorba, and Maryann... Read more

Ephemeral Messaging Apps: Think Twice Before You Send that Snap!

August 26, 2021
By Lydia Gorba
Posted in E-Discovery Services, Litigation

By Lydia Gorba  and the eDiscovery Committee at SMGG:  Gretchen Moore, Lynne Hewitt, and Maryann... Read more