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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 5 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

Short and (Not) Sweet: The Bitter Aftertaste of Ambiguous Contracts

On April 22, 2020, the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal (“the Second Circuit”) held a contractor liable to the owner for his defective performance as well as project completion costs after his termination. The ruling stemmed from a contract that included ambiguous provisions and terms. While consistent with other Louisiana court holdings, this holding should serve as a reminder that contractors should carefully draft their construction contracts. [Read More…] 

Employment Arbitration: Blessing or Burden?

Instead of utilizing the court system, many employers use arbitration to resolve disputes that arise with a disgruntled employee. The employment agreement itself may contain a provision that specifies the right to arbitrate, or the employer may have a separate document that outlines this choice. But what exactly is arbitration? More importantly, what are the benefits and burdens of choosing arbitration? These are questions every employer should consider. [Read More…] 

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…]