Month: April 2020

PPP Loan Forgiveness

04/29/2020King, Ray W.

NOTE—The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 amends the CARES Act and this article updates the information below>> click here to read more.  This Article is based on information available as of April 29, 2020.  The information is subject to change as additional guidance is provided. In its interim rules dated April 2, 2020,… Read more »

COVID-19 Legislative Update: Community Association Boards May Meet Virtually During State of Emergency

04/24/2020Chappell, W. Thomas

On April 22, 2020, the Virginia General Assembly approved two budget amendments recommended by Governor Northam that allow boards of directors of property owners’ associations and condominium unit owners’ associations to meet virtually when the Governor has declared a state of emergency. They will be effective once the Governor signs the legislation.  Prior existing law… Read more »

COVID-19 And The Longshore And Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act

04/24/2020Bilisoly, F. Nash

While many states, including Virginia, have issued stay at home orders to help reduce the number of persons infected with COVID-19, most ship builders, ship repairmen, terminal and harbor workers are essential employees and must work despite the risk of catching and/or spreading the disease. It is not hard to imagine that these employees may… Read more »

Electronic Notarization And Remote Notarization: What Is It, And Is It Available In Virginia?

04/22/2020Rixey, III, James B.

In light of the recent social distancing guidelines, parties are searching for alternative methods of doing business and closing transactions while avoiding face-to-face interaction. As a result, the issue of electronic notarization and remote notarization has gained increasing importance. Are these alternative methods to the traditional notarization process – which typically requires signing a document… Read more »

Virginia Bans Covenants Not To Compete for Some Employees

04/22/2020Bibeau, Anne G.

While you were distracted with the COVID-19 crisis, Virginia enacted a number of surprising laws that chip away at its staunchly pro-employer reputation. One such law, Va. Code § 40.1-28.7:7, which goes into effect on July 1, 2020, prohibits employers from entering into, enforcing, or threatening to enforce a covenant not to compete with so-called… Read more »

New Guidance From OSHA About COVID-19 In The Workplace

04/17/2020Vandeventer Black

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is continuing to address safety concerns in the workplace due to the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 by providing enforcement guidance to Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) and Employers. So far in April 2020, OSHA released several enforcement memoranda concerning COVID-19.  They can be accessed on… Read more »

Coronavirus And Virginia Workers’ Compensation Part II: Burdens Of Proof And The Stay-At-Home Order

04/15/2020Caramore, Megan

This article is a follow up to the Coronavirus and Virginia Workers’ Compensation article found HERE and deals with how social distancing precautions and the Governor’s stay-at-home order may impact the Virginia workers’ compensation treatment of Coronavirus claims.  As previously discussed, it seems likely that Coronavirus claims will fall within the ‘ordinary disease of life’… Read more »

Community Association Board Meetings During the Time of COVID-19

04/15/2020Casey, Deborah M.

Our office has received numerous inquiries regarding whether and how boards of directors of Virginia community associations can meet the statutory requirements for open meetings and the “2-director rule” during the coronavirus pandemic with the Governor’s Executive Orders requiring social distancing and barring group gatherings of 10 or more people. Open Board Meeting Requirement The… Read more »

The Virginia Values Act: Details of the Comprehensive LGBT Anti-Discrimination Law Recently Passed in Virginia

04/15/2020Vandeventer Black

On April 11, 2020, Governor Northam signed into law the Virginia Values Act, which goes into effect on July 1, 2020. The Virginia Values Act provides comprehensive protection against discrimination for LGBTQ+ persons and other designated persons. The Virginia Values Act amends both the Virginia Human Rights Act and the Virginia Fair Housing Act by… Read more »