Month: September 2020

DOL Proposes New Rule Clarifying Independent Contractor Status

09/30/2020Bibeau, Anne G.

The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has proposed a new rule interpreting independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The purpose of the proposed rule is to provide clarity as to when a worker is an independent contractor, and not an employee, under the FLSA. If adopted, the proposed rule would operate… Read more »

Federal Contractors Beware: New Executive Order Prohibits Certain Anti-Discrimination Training

09/30/2020Bibeau, Anne G.

On September 22, 2020, President Trump signed the Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping (“EO”). Under the EO, executive departments and agencies, the military, federal contractors, and federal grant recipients are required to include specific provisions pertaining to workplace training in every government contract entered into after November 21, 2020. The EO, which… Read more »

Construction Industry Economics Respecting COVID-19 Mixed But Positively Trending


09/30/2020Nicholos, George M.

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is a composite index derived from monthly report surveys from American Institute of Architects (AIA) member firms located throughout the United States reporting on construction project activity the AIA refers to as “Work-on-the-Boards” (projects in the planning and design processes).  The data is compiled by the AIA’s Economics & Research… Read more »

EDVA Norfolk is BACK!

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09/28/2020Paul, Dustin M.

The world has changed.  One day you are taking your boy to Disney, he is hugging every character in sight, and life feels carefree.  Two weeks later, you worry about going to the grocery store, and your son doesn’t even get to hug his grandparents while everything is sorted out. But we are six months… Read more »

GAO Rejects Contractor’s Use of AIA Bid Bond for Federal Project

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09/25/2020Mazzeo, Anthony J.

As all construction contractors know, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) provides a series of nearly 200 industry standard consensus forms that define the relationships and terms involved in design and construction projects.  While these forms are appropriate for commercial projects, contractors that perform a mix of commercial and government projects should use caution when… Read more »

Virginia’s Proposed Permanent Standard for Infectious Disease Prevention Regulations: A reminder that the opportunity for public comment closes September 25, 2020

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09/24/2020Lowenstein, Neil S.

As previously publicized, the Virginia Department of Labor’s (DOL) Safety and Health Codes Board (Board) Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for Infectious Disease Prevention became effective on July 27, 2020, but because of their nature would expire unless they or alternatively proposed regulations were made into permanent standards. When the ETS were published, DOL included its… Read more »

Understanding the Legal Aspects of Privacy in the Age of Smart Phones and Residential Security Cameras

09/24/2020Panagis, Kathleen W.

This article is published in Southeastern Virginia Community Associations Institute’s (“SEVA-CAI”) Currents newsmagazine (Quarter 2 edition)  and is re-printed with permission. With most people in modern society having smart phones that have cameras and video recording capability coupled with the soaring popularity of residential security cameras, one may wonder to what extent does one have… Read more »

Michael D. Pierce Completes the LEAD Peninsula Program of 2020


09/23/2020Pierce, Michael D.

Vandeventer Black LLP is pleased to announce that attorney, Michael D. Pierce, has completed the LEAD Peninsula Program of 2020. The completion ceremony for the Class of 2020 was held in person, with appropriate face masks and social distancing, on September 17. According to the Virginia Peninsula Chamber, the LEAD Peninsula “fosters opportunities for increased communication… Read more »

Richard Ottinger Named “Leader in the Law” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly


09/23/2020Ottinger, Richard

Vandeventer Black LLP partner, Richard Ottinger, was recently named one of Virginia Lawyers Weekly’ “Leaders in the Law” class of 2020. The “Leader in the Law” designation is given to attorneys who demonstrated a commitment to their profession by lobbying changes in the law, positively affecting Virginia’s justice system, and their involvement in the community…. Read more »

Jennifer L. Eaton Named “Up & Coming Lawyer” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly


09/23/2020Eaton, Jennifer L.

Vandeventer Black LLP associate, Jennifer L. Eaton was announced as part of the 2020 class of “Up & Coming Lawyers.” The “Up & Coming Lawyer” recognition is awarded to lawyers across the commonwealth, making their mark within their first ten years of practice. Jennifer Eaton received the Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association’s prestigious Walter E. Hoffman… Read more »