Entries by Steven Long

DGRead 21.12.01

COVID-19 and Navigating the New Normal Workplace; Wither OSHA’s Vaccination/Testing Mandate?; Does the ADA Apply to Cyberspace?; As Virginia Turns Red, Changes Are in Store; Thankful

Does the ADA Apply to Cyberspace?

Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) requires all public accommodations and commercial facilities to be accessible to the disabled.  The scope of the ADA accessibility requirements extends from office buildings and manufacturing facilities to movie theaters, retail stores, and restaurants.  But what about cyberspace? In a precedent setting ruling, the Eleventh Circuit […]

As Virginia Turns Red, Changes Are in Store

By: M. Jarrad Wright Virginia’s recent governor and House of Delegates elections produced a significant victory for the Republican party as Governor-Elect Glenn Youngkin defeated former Governor Terry McAuliffe.  Equally important, Republicans are poised to regain control of the Virginia House of Delegates by a two-seat margin.  Those races recently were certified for the Republican […]

Wither OSHA’s Vaccination/Testing Mandate?

In our November 15th issue, we addressed the COVID-19 vaccination or testing mandate in the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  In brief, the ETS requires all covered employers of 100 or more employees to ensure that all their unvaccinated employees wear masks by December 5, 2021 and […]

Virus ADA Ruling May Prove To Be Double-Edged Sword

By: Jonathan R. Mook Questions concerning the intersection of COVID-19 and the protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act — not least of which is the basic question of whether infection with the COVID-19 virus constitutes a disability covered by the statute — continue to play out in the courts. The answer to that question […]

DGRead 21.10.15

ADA Protections for Virus Long Haulers?; Pay Attention to the New COVID-19 Rules; Arlington Magazine Recognizes DiMuro and Ginsberg

How Virginia’s new COVID-19 rules affect your workplace

By Jonathan R. Mook The nature of the COVID-19 outbreak continues to shift, with the so-called fourth wave straining healthcare systems in many communities. Recognizing the changes, Virginia’s Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) has imposed new coronavirus workplace requirements affecting all employers within the Commonwealth. Building on its existing standard for infectious disease prevention, […]

DGRead 21.10.01

Did You Miss the Stafford Webinar on 9/22?; Has COVID Slowed the Fastest Civil Trial Court in the Land?; Virginia Enacts Enhanced Protections for Disabled Employees; What to Do When COVID-19 Long-Haulers Seek Exemptions from Vaccine Mandates

Virginia enacts enhanced protections for disabled employees

By: Jonathan R. Mook Since the 1980s, Virginia has prohibited employment discrimination against disabled workers under the Virginians with Disabilities Act (VDA). Accordingly, it’s understandable many employers in the state may have overlooked critical amendments to the Virginia Human Rights Act (VHRA) enacted by the legislature this year and signed into law by Governor Ralph […]

What to Do When COVID-19 Long-Haulers Seek Exemptions from Vaccine Mandates

By Allen Smith, J.D. September 20, 2021 COVID-19 long-haulers—those experiencing long-term effects of COVID-19—who seek disability-related exemptions from mandatory vaccination policies are straining employers’ accommodation processes. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) anticipated emergency temporary standard—which will mandate employees of businesses with at least 100 workers get vaccinated or submit to weekly testing—will result […]