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Will You Be Required to Get a Vaccine? What You Need to Know About the Mandated Vaccines for Federal Contractors.

On September 9, 2021, President Joe Biden issued two Executive Orders that will require Federal employees and contractors to be vaccinated.[1] The first is the Executive Order on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees (“Federal Employee Order”), and it requires all Federal employees to be vaccinated with no alternative option for regular testing. President Biden asked the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force (“Task Force”) to produce an “issued guidance” for agency implementation of the Executive Order. The Task Force produced the COVID-19 Workplace Safety: Agency Model Safety Principles (“Task Force Model Principles”), which stipulates that all Federal employees, except in “limited circumstances,” must be vaccinated no later than November 22, 2021. [Read More…] 

Sonny Shields Named Lawyer of the Year by “The Best Lawyers in America”

Congratulations to Sonny Shields for being named  The Best Lawyers in America’s  2022 Edition’s Lawyer of the Year in the  New Orleans Area! Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant. These lawyers are selected based on particularly… [Read More…] about Sonny Shields Named Lawyer of the Year by “The Best Lawyers in America”

Shields | Mott L.L.P. Attorneys Named as Best Lawyers in America, 2022

Shields | Mott L.L.P. is pleased to announce that 3 of the firm’s lawyers have been included as “Best Lawyers” in the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers has published their… [Read More…] about Shields | Mott L.L.P. Attorneys Named as Best Lawyers in America, 2022

Louisiana’s New A+B Bidding Method “Pilot Program”

Effective August 1, 2019, the Louisiana legislature introduced a pilot program authorizing a significant change to Louisiana’s public bidding process called “A+B Bidding.”  With the introduction of this new bidding method on public projects, are the traditional built-in discretionary bidding limitations about to come to an end? [Read More…] 

Insurance Coverage for Contractual Liabilities in Construction: What You Need to Cover Your Ass(ets)

Many contractors assume they purchased CGL coverage to protect themselves from potential risks of doing business, including some contractual promises and exposures related to bodily injury and property damages. “Exclusions” in CGL policies could result in a contractor being left responsible and paying for unexpected business risks, including those it may have assumed contractually. It is important that all “exclusions” in CGL policies, including the “contractual liability” exclusion discussed herein, be considered when drafting construction contracts and selecting insurance coverage. [Read More…]

The General Agreement Of Indemnity Collateral Security Provision: If You Try Sometimes, You Might Find, You Get What You Need

Surety bonds are a primary, if not mandatory, component of every-day construction projects.  While commercial insurers on a construction project expect losses and adjust insurance rates to cover such losses depending on many factors, sureties do not expect to pay out-of-pocket for bond losses and, instead, require principals and indemnitors to exonerate, indemnify, and often defend sureties in the event of a loss or anticipated loss.  As such, a general agreement of indemnity in favor of the surety usually goes hand-in-hand with the issuance of construction surety bonds.   [Read More…]