DGRead 22.05.01

Local Counsel: Your Secret Weapon; The Ultimate Employment Guidebook; “It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again”

“It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again”

By: M. Jarrad Wright After the most recent special General Assembly session. Virginia employers, employees and citizens understanding of what will happen with Virginia’s marijuana and cannabis rules have no new clarity. As Yankees Hall of Famer Yogi Berra once said, “it’s déjà vu all over again.” Weren’t We Supposed to Learn More About How […]

Local Counsel: Your Secret Weapon Or The Critical Importance of Local Counsel

By: M. Jarrad Wright Hiring local counsel should never be an afterthought in litigation. Local counsel should be more than an automatic stamp on pleadings and a means to an end of filing pleadings in a local court. Knowledgeable and capable local counsel can make a significant contribution to the successful outcome of a case. […]

DGRead 22.04.15

New DOJ Opioid Guidance Puts Employers on Notice; Rocket Docket Update; Virginia Cracks Down on Employers Misclassifying Employees as Independent Contractors

Virginia Cracks Down on Employers Misclassifying Employees as Independent Contractors

As reported in an article by Jayna Genti in an earlier issue of DGRead, in 2019, then Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued an Executive Order calling for an inter-agency task force to make recommendations on how to address the problem of companies in Virginia misclassifying their employees as independent contractors. During 2019-2020, legislation was introduced […]

Virginia Jettisons COVID-19 Workplace Standard

By Jonathan R. Mook When the COVID-19 pandemic first began forcing workplaces to close or at least limit their operations to curb the spread of the virus, Virginia was one of the first states to adopt a COVID-19 safety standard for employers. Now that the pandemic has waned, at least in terms of COVID-19 hospitalizations, […]

Virginia Abandons ERA

By Jonathan R. Mook Two years ago, the Democratically controlled Virginia General Assembly ratified the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). In doing so, Virginia became not only the 38th state to endorse the amendment, but also the final one to satisfy the required 2/3 majority needed to amend the U.S. Constitution. Virginia’s ratification, however, did not […]

DGRead 22.04.01

Virginia Abandons ERA; Carelessly Lifting Mask Requirements May Invite Bias Claims; Virginia Jettisons COVID-19 Workplace Standard

Virginia’s New Battle Over Minimum Wage

Virginia’s General Assembly 2022 session is now well underway, and the election result’s impacts on businesses is beginning to take shape. While the legislature has focused in large part the politically charged debates regarding parents’ rights regarding masks in schools and the need for masks during the pandemic, there have been other business-oriented bills that […]

General Assembly Guts 2021 Overtime Wage Act

In 2021, the Virginia General Assembly passed the Virginia Overtime Wage Act which expanded the state’s overtime requirements beyond those set forth in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. This change in law increased the statute of limitations for bringing a claim, an important change in the calculation requirements for overtime pay, and new penalties […]