James Boland co-authored "Understanding the Service Contract Act in an Era of Enforcement," which appeared in Westlaw Journal Government Contracts on September 25, 2017. The following is an excerpt:
For more than 50 years, the Service Contract Act of 1965, 41 U.S.C.A. § 6702, has been a source of both frustration and, more seriously, liability for federal service contractors.
Navigating the act’s complex compliance responsibilities is not easy. They involve record-keeping and notice rules, complicated employee classification decisions and payment of the minimum required wages and benefits to employees.
Adding to the unique complexities of the SCA, contractors and procuring agencies are frequently unaware that the act even applies to their contract, leading to bidding and contracting errors and subsequent disputes and claims over price adjustments.