ReliAscent partner, Martensen IP (a Colorado Springs-based IP protection and government contracting law firm), is hosting an event for contractors tomorrow, at the Catalyst Campus for Technology & Innovation, in Colorado Springs. Protecting your IP is critical in the Federal Government Contracting realm (especially for SBIR/STTR contractors and grantees), and we encourage our clients and other Colorado-based defense contractors to attend if you have the chance.Read More
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A survey of landmines that may await you, and an advantageous roadmap to guide you away from danger with sound pointers on how to protect your IP while operating in the government sphere.Read More
The topic of leave is a prevailing trend regarding work-force policies. The momentum continues to build as we transition into a new administration and see changing laws and employee expectations. It is possible we will see a shift in more companies introducing paid family leave, a shift from accrued vacation and sick to PTO (paid time off), and a shift to remote/ telecommuting work options vs. the traditional office based position.
When establishing a time and attendance tracking system, Clockwise always asks for your current data such as: employees, jobs, overtime and leave policies. These rules are built into the software to best serve your current needs. However, as company policies change like new accrual rates or rollover amounts, settings will need to be adjusted also.
Sometimes it is not caught for months but at this point, there will be data cleanup needed. To help avoid this pitfall, we recommend that a data and policy review happen at least once a year if not every 6 months. By taking the few extra minutes to check settings and procedures, you ensure less clean up down the road.
Tips to avoid complications:
- Stay up to date on federal, state, and county/city laws. Currently, private sector employers with 50 or more staff members, public agencies, and public/private elementary and secondary schools are required to provide covered employees job-protected with up to 12 workweeks of unpaid leave for qualified medical and family reasons.
- Plan ahead by putting it on your calendar to review leave policies every 6 months or note or question policy changes at company planning meetings.
- If any changes arise in leave policy, make sure to contact a representative from your time and attendance software.
- If leave policy changes are needed, make sure to notify all parties that are affected.
The increasing complexity of federal, state and local leave laws, combined with changing employment trends makes it critically important for employers to utilize these steps and review their leave policies and procedures frequently. In addition to achieving legal compliance, annual reviews should seek to ensure consistency among the range of handbook policies governing leave, accommodation, paid time off, attendance, disability, fitness for duty, light duty, drug testing, physical agility testing, medical examinations, wellness programs and related matters.
For more information on Clockwise time and attendance solutions, and industry standards, be sure to visit www.goclockwise.com.Read More
The following is a brief summary, written by our partners at Martesen IP (Jack Stuart and Michael Martensen), of the most important issues involved with protecting your copyrights when dealing with the government – specifically the Department of Defense (DoD) – either as a prime or subcontractor. Many contractors believe copyright protection is unimportant, since the government has so-called “unlimited rights” to the “deliverable” – that is, the software – but nothing could be further from the truth. We begin by dismantling this commonly-held myth, then we move on to explain how to provide copyright notice. We then discuss the advantages and pitfalls associated with registering software source code with the United States Copyright Office. Finally, we briefly discuss a potential landmine buried in the arcane DoD acquisition regulations governing DoD contracts. While these topics do not exhaust the issue of copyrights in defense contracting, they do cover the primary concerns. As with any article from Martensen, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information regarding your particular concerns.Read More
ReliAscent is proud to announce our partnership with Martensen, a law firm specializing in intellectual property (IP) and serving businesses contracting with the Federal Government. Martensen offers critically important, often overlooked services to contractors/grantees, and we highly recommend all businesses have their IP protection strategies professionally evaluated prior to submitting any proposal to the Government or any other entity.Read More
We have talked before about Intellectual Property rights for the government contractor. I thought it might be good to get a little more specific to the SBIR awardee since this program usually always involves some innovative discovery. There are 3 areas related to Intellectual Property:
Strategizing and protecting your IP rights is crucial to companies, especially within industries that are highly technical. The government understands this, especially for small business, and has designed regulations to help the company do this when research and/or development is funded by either a government grant or contract. Government awards have the advantage of providing a company with access to federal funding for (a) research and development work relating to new technology, and (b) further work leading to the commercialization of that new technology for use by the government or the private sector. Government awardees can retain a significant portion of their IP rights during this process, but only by adhering to various statutes and regulations. In addition to protecting their own IP rights, awardees must be prepared to defend themselves against infringement claims that may be brought by other companies as a result of work performed under government awards. This issue often occurs when the government awards a contract to one of two competitors and the other company alleges that carrying out the contract necessarily violates its IP rights. In addition, Title 28, Sections 1498(a) and (b), provides for the filing of a patent or copyright infringement action against the United States in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims for allegedly infringing acts by the government or by its contractors or subcontractors during the performance of work under a federal contract. Because government contracts often incorporate indemnification provisions, contractors may be liable to indemnify the United States for damages suffered as a result of allegations of infringement by others. The Federal Acquisition Regulation has several provisions that relate to such IP disputes.