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
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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 They expire at the end of the year unless repealed earlier or extended.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
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) amended the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) to add new reporting requirements that apply during the pandemic. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released guidance… Read more
UPDATE July 21, 2020: The Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board has formally adopted the Temporary Safety Standards. The Board stated these standards “will take immediate effect” some time “during the week of July 27,… Read more