Public school teachers, firefighters, police officers, and most other local government employees will gain new rights next year. In May 2021, Virginia will permit local governing bodies to engage in collective bargaining with its employees…. Read more
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Just as we were getting used to COVID-related paid sick and family medical leave under the FFCRA, the DOL announced its revised regulations. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires all public employers and… Read more
In July 2020, the Virginia Supreme Court affirmed the State Corporation Commission’s broad discretion pertaining to energy regulation. In Walmart Stores East, LP et al. v. State Corporation Commission et al., Walmart sought to combine… Read more
The U.S. government continues to place an increasing emphasis on ensuring that American assets are not leveraged by foreign researchers to aid their own countries. Governmental bodies are actively enforcing federal rights against researchers in… Read more
The Department of Labor (DOL) issued long-awaited guidance on paid family leave and jobless benefits when schools are open for in-person, virtual, or hybrid learning. Workers, DOL says, are ineligible for virus-related paid family leave… Read more
An employee said he’s not coming to work because COVID-19 makes him “feel unsafe.” Do Virginia’s workplace safety standards really say he can do that? There is good reason to take precautions to protect your… Read more
DOL’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) issued Field Assistance Bulletin No. 2020-5 (pdf) reiterating that pandemic or no, the FLSA requires employers to compensate employees for all hours worked remotely when the employer “knew or… Read more
State of New York v. United States Department of Labor On August 3rd, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued an opinion invalidating some fundamental aspects of the Families First… Read more
In a recent Virginia Supreme Court case, Erie Insurance Exchange v. Alba, a condominium association’s (“Association’s”) Insurer (“Insurer”) paid for fire damage caused by a tenant (“Tenant”) of a unit owner (“Owner”). After paying for… Read more
The Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board formally adopted the Temporary Safety Standards and they are effective immediately. They expire at the end of the year unless repealed earlier or extended. The final version of… Read more