Virginia BEST Job Site Safety Initiative Collaboratively Created by AGCVA and VOSH

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12/09/2016Lowenstein, Neil S.

The Virginia BEST (Building Excellence in Safety, Health, and Training) is a volunteer safety initiative developed collaboratively between the Associated General Contractors of Virginia and the Virginia Department of Occupational Safety and Health. According to AGC Chairman, Mike Cagle, the Virginia BEST program is “designed to reduce employee injuries, improve employee morale and position AGCVA… Read more »

NAVIGATING THE UNITED STATES’ AND THE IMO’S BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT RULES

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12/03/2016Chappell, W. Thomas

Ballast water management has attracted the attention of regulators both in the United States and internationally recently.  If not properly managed, ballast water may introduce invasive species into an ecosystem.  This danger occurs when a vessel collects ballast water, including the organisms in that water, into its tanks in one port and then releases that… Read more »

THE FALSE CLAIM ACT: THE GOVERNMENT’S SLEDGEHAMMER JUST GOT BIGGER

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12/02/2016Harvey, James R.

The False Claims Act (FCA) has long been the United States Government most effective tool for dealing with fraud in government contracting, and that tool is now more powerful than ever.  Originally enacted during the Civil War to combat war profiteers, it allows the government to seek criminal and civil penalties. As a reward to… Read more »

TENANTS RIGHTS IN FORECLOSURE UNDER VIRGINIA LAW

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12/01/2016Vandeventer Black

Often when residential properties undergo foreclosure, they have tenants residing in them.  In those circumstances, the Code of Virginia requires the landlord to provide notice to the tenant that foreclosure is pending.  The Code of Virginia also allows a tenant to remain in the property after foreclosure, subject to the requirements of the federal Protecting… Read more »

LEGAL ALERT: FLSA Salary Increase Halted

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11/29/2016Bibeau Anne G.

A federal court has enjoined the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) salary increase. The court’s order, entered on November 22, 2016, is a nationwide preliminary injunction. As a result, employers do not have to comply with the new FLSA salary threshold on December 1, 2016. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule… Read more »

Situs of Injury under the Longshore Act

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11/29/2016Bilisoly, F. Nash

Under the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (“LHWCA”), a worker injured over water clearly falls under the Act, no matter his occupation. If the individual is injured on land, he is covered only if his occupation is “maritime” in nature and does not work too far away from the water to qualify for LHWCA… Read more »

GETTING PAID: Government Contracts

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11/29/2016Lowenstein, Neil S.

Authored by Attorney Neil Lowenstein, nlowenstein@vanblacklaw.com While we have discussed payment mechanisms for government projects previously, we thought a short refresher might be of interest. Typically, government construction projects, whether federal, state or local, have payment bonds to protect contractors who provide labor or materials for the project. But, Refresher Point #1 is that is… Read more »

Vandeventer Black’s Jeremy Moss to Chair the Virginia Legislative Action Committee of the Community Associations Institute

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11/16/2016Casey, Deborah M.

The Community Associations Institute (CAI) recently elected Vandeventer Black attorney, Jeremy Moss, as Chair of the Virginia Legislative Action Committee (VALAC). Moss was already serving as Vice Chair of the committee. “What first inspired me to join CAI was its mission, which I believe in strongly. A mission that I will continually work to achieve… Read more »

Vandeventer Black 15th Largest Law Firm in Virginia

11/10/2016Vandeventer Black

For more than a century, Vandeventer Black LLP has served the interests of its clients. Virginia Business Magazine recently ranked the firm number 15 of the 50 Largest Virginia Law Firms. The firm’s primary focus has been to provide outstanding legal advice, experienced insight and knowledge to clients. The firm’s attorneys have received many honors,… Read more »