On October 12, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 525 into law, which makes significant amendments to the California Franchise Relations Act. The amendments to the Act, which take effect on January 1, 2016, will apply to any… More
More salaried employees would be eligible for overtime compensation under proposed regulations recently issued by the U.S. Department of Labor. The DOL also has warned employers about the improper use of “independent contractors” to evade overtime compensation obligations.
During its 2015 Regular Session, the New Mexico Legislature passed Senate Bill 319, which amended the County Industrial Revenue Bond Act in order to add mines and energy refineries, treatment or processing plants to the list of “projects” qualifying for… More
Eminent domain is the power of the government to condemn private property for a public use, subject to payment of just compensation. The process in Arizona is driven primarily by statute. Therefore, while eminent domain attorneys are familiar with the… More
Arizona projects a budget deficit of $520 million in FY15 and $1 billion in FY16 according to the State’s Joint Legislative Budget Committee, and yet, only two years ago, the State was sitting on a $900 million surplus. How did… More
Condemnation cases, like other types of litigation, almost always settle rather than go to trial. Mediation is used frequently as the vehicle for settlement discussions. So, what is mediation, why is it useful and how does it work?
Public contracts for construction or construction-related services are typically awarded through a traditional competitive process to the bidder who offers the best value or lowest price. Although this process is complex and often time-consuming, it serves the public interest by… More
Access – the ability to get to one’s property from a public road – is a vital part of property ownership and often impacted by the actions of government. If access is restricted or completely eliminated, that loss can have… More
You’ve spent precious resources responding to a solicitation, only to learn that your company was not selected for contract award. Under what circumstances should you challenge the government’s decision? Business owners must weigh when, why and how to protest an… More
Earning a government contract is welcome news, but the excitement is short-lived if a disappointed bidder formally challenges (or “protests”) your award. There is little formal guidance for successful contractors facing such a challenge, but experience has shown that you… More