Month: February 2016

Driver Privacy Act Now Protects Information Contained Within Your Vehicle

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02/29/2016Vandeventer Black

Authored by Spencer Guld On December 4th, 2015, President Obama signed the Driver Privacy Act of 2015, which was enacted to address privacy concerns for data collected in a car’s event data recorder (EDR). The purpose of the Act was to ensure that contained in an EDR information could not be freely accessed by anyone other… Read more »

On the Lookout for Defamation Claims in the Employee/Employer Context

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02/29/2016Golden, Sean M.

Authored by Sean M. Golden Virginia law allows a person who has been the subject of libel or slander to bring a cause of action for defamation.  Generally speaking, “defamation” is defined as a false statement about a person that is written (libel) or spoken (slander) to others, if the one making the statement knew that… Read more »

Federally-Funded Highway Projects Impacted by Federal Cargo Preference Act Changes Effective as of February 15, 2016

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02/22/2016Vandeventer Black

By Memorandum dated December 11, 2015, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) changed the FHWA’s legal position regarding applicability of the Cargo Preference Act (CPA) to federally-funded highway projects. That Memorandum reversed and superseded contrary position in place since 1988. The Law. Congress passed the CPA in 1954 to promote a U.S. maritime transportation system. The… Read more »

The Effect of the New Virginia Department of Labor Initiative to Prevent Worker Misclassification on the Use of Temporary Labor in Construction

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02/22/2016Ostroff, Gretchen M.

Authored  by attorney Gretchen M. Ostroff WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Virginia law is unclear, but temporary staffing agencies may require contractor licensure from DPOR.  In other states with similar laws, courts have held that temporary staffing agencies must be licensed as contractors if they supply laborers to construction projects.  If temporary staffing agencies must… Read more »

Legal Alert: Temporary Staffing Agencies May Require Contractor Licensure, Depending upon Project Location, Answer in Virginia Remains Unclear

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02/12/2016Ostroff, Gretchen M.

This alert summarizes a complex issue that is the subject of a more detailed overview prepared by Gretchen Ostroff, a member of the Vandeventer Black Construction and Government Contracts Practice Group. THE ISSUE:            Virginia’s contractor licensing requirements do not specifically address licensure of temporary staffing agencies; but several other states… Read more »