Labor & Employment

OSHA Advice Supports Common Sense Approach To Covid-19 In The Workplace

03/11/2020Klinedinst, Arlene F.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a new webpage in early March to address workplace safety concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19.  The OSHA website contains detailed medical information about COVID-19, as well as Hazard Recognition, Control, and Prevention Information. The OSHA webpage also lists the existing OSHA Standards that… Read more »

Virginia’s Right To Work Law Is Under Attack

01/13/2020Bibeau, Anne G.

Virginia Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax) has introduced a bill to repeal a key provision of Virginia’s right to work law. Since 1947, the law in Virginia has been that no one can be compelled to join a union (Va. Code § 40.1-60) or to pay union dues against his or her will: “No… Read more »

U.S. Department of Labor Increases FLSA Salary Threshold

09/27/2019Vandeventer Black

On September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued the final rule on the salary threshold, making 1.3 million American workers newly eligible for overtime pay.  The final rule raises the standard salary level up from its current level of $455 per week to $684 per week ($35,568 per year for a full-year… Read more »

House Moves to Ban Employment Arbitration Agreements

09/27/2019Vandeventer Black

On September 20, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to ban mandatory arbitration of employment or consumer claims. The House voted 225 to 186 in favor of the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act, which would make unenforceable any pre-dispute arbitration agreement that requires arbitration of an employment, consumer, antitrust, or civil… Read more »

HIRING EMPLOYEES UNDER THE AGE OF 18

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08/27/2019Ratliff, Vania

A REFRESHER ON FEDERAL AND STATE CHILD LABOR LAWS Recently, an accident in the trenches of a Northern Virginia construction site resulted in the injuring of one employee and the death of another. News reports allege that the deceased employee was only 16 years old. Under both Federal and Virginia child labor laws, the 16-year… Read more »

New Virginia Law Regarding Personnel Records

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06/17/2019Bibeau, Anne G.

The Virginia General Assembly passed a new law regarding employers’ personnel records. Effective July 1, 2019, Virginia employers must provide a current or former employee (or his/her attorney), upon request, documents reflecting: Dates of employment with the employer; Wages or salary history during the employment; Job description and job title during the employment; or Any… Read more »

A Virginia Employer’s Guide to Marijuana

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04/25/2019Bibeau, Anne G.

The law on marijuana is changing so rapidly that I anticipate this article will be outdated before I finish it. Check back here regularly for updates! Virginia Law Marijuana remains illegal both federally and in Virginia. Some Virginia jurisdictions are dialing down enforcement of criminal penalties, but they remain on the books. Since marijuana remains… Read more »

Department of Labor Proposes New Rule on Joint Employment Status

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04/03/2019Pierce, Michael D.

On April 1, 2019, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposed rule revising the standard for joint employer status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Once the proposed rule is published in the Federal Register, the public will have 60 days to submit comments to DOL for review. Interested parties may submit comments… Read more »