THE ERA: RIP?

By: Jonathan Mook and Colete Fontenot In 2020, the Virginia General Assembly ratified The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), becoming not only the 38th state to endorse the Amendment, but also the final state to satisfy the required two-thirds majority needed to amend the U.S. Constitution.  Although equal rights activists celebrated Virginia’s passage of the ERA, […]

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How to Comply with Employee Covid-19 Leave Obligations; Fairfax County Civil Jury Trial Procedures: Fourth Circuit Upholds Shortened Limitations Period in Arbitration Agreement; DG/30 Milestone

Fourth Circuit Upholds Shortened Limitations Period in Arbitration Agreement

By:  M. Jarrad Wright and Jonathan R. Mook Over the last number of years, employers increasingly have been requiring employees to sign mandatory arbitration agreements as a condition of employment.  This trend has been on the uptick due to employer concerns about the ever increasing cost of court litigation and the potential for runaway juries […]

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Virginia Legalizes Recreational Pot, But Questions Remain; Virginia Enacts Limited Paid Leave; Virginia Creates Office of Civil Rights; DG/30 Milestone

Virginia Legalizes Recreational Pot, But Questions Remain

By:  M. Jarrad Wright The Old Dominion now has the “honor” of being the first state in the South and the sixteenth state in the nation to legalize marijuana.  With only hours to go before the end of this year’s legislative session, the State Senate and House of Delegates struck a compromise and passed a […]

Virginia Enacts Limited Paid Leave

By:  Jonathan R. Mook At the start of this year’s Virginia General Assembly session, proponents of paid sick and family medical leave for employees had high hopes that the legislature would follow the lead of other states and pass legislation to mandate that Virginia employers provide paid leave for their employees, especially in light of […]

Virginia Creates Office of Civil Rights

By: Billy B. Ruhling, II The cultural awakening our nation has experienced over the last year in the wake of police shootings and the recognition that what had once been common behavior toward certain gender groups no longer is acceptable in the Old Dominion. On January 5, 2020, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced that […]

DiMuroGinsberg Partner Discusses the Impact of the Continued COVID Pandemic

“2021 Trends: Dealing with the Impact of the Continued Pandemic Emergency in a Legally Compliant Manner,” was the subject of a presentation by DiMuroGinsberg partner, Jonathan R. Mook, for a January 20, 2021 webinar sponsored by Simplify Compliance. As part of his presentation, Jonathan addressed the legal ramifications stemming from the increased reporting by employees […]

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Virginia Set to Legalize Recreational Marijuana; President Biden Names New Chair to the EEOC: DiMuroGinsberg Partner Jonathan Mook Comments on EEOD’s Proposed Wellness Rule: DG/30 Milestone

Virginia Enacts Permanent COVID-19 Workplace Standard

By: Jonathan R. Mook Last summer, Virginia became the first state in the nation to adopt mandatory workplace safety rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by approving an Emergency Temporary Standard for Infectious Disease Prevention (“ETS”).  Recently, the state adopted a Permanent Standard covering most private employers in the Commonwealth, as well as state […]