DGRead 21.03.01

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 […]

Virginia Set to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

By: Jarrad Wright Virginia is on the verge of making history and becoming the first state in the South to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana.  Last year the General Assembly decriminalized marijuana by eliminating criminal sentences and replacing them with small fines.  Now, on February 2, 2021, the House, in an 55-42 vote, passed HB2312 […]

DGRead 21.02.15

Legal Pitfalls of Vaccination Incentives; Rocket Docket Update; Fifteen Dollar Minimum Wage?; DG/30 Milestone

DGRead 21.2.01

4th Circuit Upholds Shortened Limitations Period in Arbitration Agreement; Rocket Docket Update; Virginia Creates Office of Civil Rights to Target Discrimination; DG/30 Milestone

Virginia Law Targets Worker Misclassification

By: Jayna Genti, DiMuroGinsberg P.C. Companies misclassifying their employees as independent continues to be a hot-button issue throughout the country, and Virginia is no exception. In the last year alone, legislation related to independent contractor misclassification was introduced at the federal level and in at least 20 states. New Jersey and California recently enacted employee […]

Virginia creates Office of Civil Rights to target discrimination

By: Billy B. Ruhling, II, DiMuroGinsberg P.C. Virginia Attorney General (AG) Mark Herring has launched a new Office of Civil Rights to help protect residents from discrimination. The move is seen as a response to the cultural awakening the nation experienced in 2020 after high-profile police shootings and the recognition that once-common offensive behavior toward […]

Co-Worker’s Offensive Statements to Colleague May Not Give Rise to Hostile Work Environment Claim

By: Stacey Rose Harris Nicole Bazemore is an African-American who worked at Best Buy.  One day at work, her white colleague, Anne Creel, held up a hazelnut and said that she used to refer to those kinds of nuts as “N[….]r T[…]s.”  Bazemore was deeply offended and reported Creel’s conduct to management.  After some time, […]

4th Circuit upholds shortened limitations period in arbitration agreement

By: M. Jarrad Wright and Jonathan R. Mook, DiMuroGinsberg P.C. Over the last several years, employers increasingly have been requiring employees to sign mandatory arbitration agreements as a condition of employment. The trend has been on the uptick because of concerns about the ever-increasing cost of litigation and the potential for runaway juries to award […]

Virginia Legislature to debate paid leave

By: Jayna Genti, DiMuroGinsberg P.C. When the 2021 Virginia General Assembly reconvenes, the session will inevitably be colored by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For starters, the House of Delegates plans to gavel in its regular session virtually, with the state Senate again planning to meet at the Virginia Science Museum to provide for greater social […]