In April 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order 14026, Increasing the Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors, directing an increase in the hourly minimum wage paid by contractors to workers under federal contracts governed by the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Service Contract Act, or the Davis-Bacon Act to $15 per hour, effective Jan. 30, 2022.

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Photo of Scott A. Schipma Scott A. Schipma

Scott A. Schipma focuses his practice on government contracts, public and private construction disputes, and related insurance matters. He counsels and represents clients on a wide range of publicly-funded contract issues, including award decisions, subcontracting, regulatory compliance, data rights, cybersecurity, cooperative agreements, contract

Scott A. Schipma focuses his practice on government contracts, public and private construction disputes, and related insurance matters. He counsels and represents clients on a wide range of publicly-funded contract issues, including award decisions, subcontracting, regulatory compliance, data rights, cybersecurity, cooperative agreements, contract terminations, mergers and acquisitions, lender financing, and the preparation and litigation of complex claims related to contract changes. Scott represents clients in bid protests before various state and federal agencies, boards, and forums, including the General Accountability Office (GAO), the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC), the Small Business Administration (SBA), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the United States Postal Service (USPS), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) through the Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition (ODRA).

Scott’s practice also involves advising and representing clients involved in the construction and insurance industries. He assists clients with the prosecution and defense of claims and disputes involving national and international construction and development projects in various forums, including state and federal courts, industry arbitration panels, international arbitrations, federal and state boards, and mediations.

Before entering private practice, Scott began his legal career as an Attorney Advisor to the U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command, where he advised senior leadership regarding the negotiation, award, and administration of aircraft and related weapon-systems procurements. While with the Navy, he also served as Claims Counsel for the Command, and was responsible for the resolution of numerous contractor claims.

Photo of Johnine P. Barnes Johnine P. Barnes

Johnine P. Barnes has wide-ranging experience in litigating and defending administrative claims of harassment; retaliation and discrimination on the basis of age, race, sex and disability; wrongful discharge and breach of contract issues; and client compliance with the American with Disabilities Act, the…

Johnine P. Barnes has wide-ranging experience in litigating and defending administrative claims of harassment; retaliation and discrimination on the basis of age, race, sex and disability; wrongful discharge and breach of contract issues; and client compliance with the American with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and other federal and state statutes governing employment. Johnine has counseled and represented companies, government agencies and associations on labor law issues, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as analogous state statutes, collective bargaining, grievance arbitration and National Labor Relations Board proceedings. In addition to her labor and employment practice, Johnine’s practice also includes business litigation matters. She has experience handling non-compete agreements disputes, contract disputes, trade secret matters, international disputes, white collar crimes claims, property interest disputes and legislative matters.