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At Vandeventer Black LLP, we understand the complexities of running a business, the countless factors that affect the bottom line, and the costly consequences that come with failure to comply with labor and employment laws.

We are highly attuned to our clients’ business interests, and partner with them in the development and execution of well-tailored strategies that align with their business objectives. We secure solutions, both in and out-of-court, to keep business moving forward.

Our employment lawyers advise and assist clients with employee relations,  counseling, and training; employee benefits; drafting employment contracts, employee handbooks, and policies; and the negotiation and implementation of sensitive terminations, as well as disciplinary measures. We hold annual seminars to help keep our clients current with case law and legislation developments.

Our employment law attorneys defend employers across a broad spectrum of labor and employment law and litigation matters including:

  • Discrimination and Harassment
  • Wrongful Discharge
  • Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets
  • Wage and Hour
  • Hiring and Sensitive Terminations
  • Union Avoidance, Labor Relations, and Unfair Labor Practice Charges
  • Employee Benefits and ERISA
  • Affirmative Action and OFCCP Compliance
  • Workplace Investigations and Training
  • Workplace Safety and Health
  • Mediation and Arbitration
  • Litigation

Vandeventer Black has experience representing employers before numerous courts and administrative agencies, including State and Federal Courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Internal Revenue Service, Virginia Human Rights Council, Virginia Employment Commission, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, U.S. Department of Labor, Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, Occupational  Safety and Health Administration, Virginia Occupational Safety and Health, Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission, and the  National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Vandeventer Black LLP is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. For more information, please visit www.shrm.org.

HRCI® (www.HRCI.org) official seal confirms that Vandeventer Black LLP meets the criteria for pre-approved recertification credit(s) for any of HRCI’s eight credentials, including SPHR® and PHR®.

Articles
Legal Alert: Biden’s Plan Will Expand Vaccination Requirements
Anne G. Bibeau
On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced an ambitious plan to increase COVID-19 vaccinations. Here are the highlights of this plan with the greatest impact on private-sector employers: Vaccine Mandate for Businesses with 100+ Employees. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will issue an emergency temporary standard (ETS) that ...
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Employers Likely Not Liable for Vaccine-Related Injuries to Employees
Michael D. Pierce
*This article was authored with the assistance of Summer Associate, Albert Gutiérrez. Albert is pursuing his JD at the University of Richmond School of Law. – Vaccine mandates are the subject of much discussion and controversy in nearly every industry, both in America and abroad.  As protests rage across the country, ...
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Heat-Related Illness Prevention: Training and Supervision
Daniel Salmon
In the previous article, we highlighted tips for creating a heat-related illness prevention plan (HRIPP) and discussed the importance of considering total heat stress and personal risk factors. In this article, we will focus on the importance of adequate training and day-to-day supervision in preventing heat-related illness in the workplace ...
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Webinars
It’s Almost 4:20 in Virginia: What Employers Need to Know About Marijuana Laws
Anne G. Bibeau, Jonathan V. Gallo

Read about recent developments: “Governor Northam’s Proposed Changes To Marijuana Legislation Would Legalize Simple Possession By July 1, 2021.”

This webinar discusses Virginia’s legislative progress on cannabis, from the limited authorization of CBD oil and THC-A for medical purposes in 2015 to full legalization of marijuana in 2021, to take effect in 2024. In addition, we review the current state of federal law on cannabis and legal considerations for employers regarding marijuana issues in the workplace.

The Current State of the Law Concerning Marijuana in Virginia
Anne G. Bibeau, Jonathan V. Gallo

The following video discusses Virginia’s General Assembly’s House Bill 2312 and Senate Bill 1406.

20 Employment Law Facts You Should Know
Labor & Employment
Anne G. Bibeau

This webinar was in collaboration with the Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance (VTCA). It discussed several new laws that went into effect in 2020 and shifted Virginia from a pro-employer state to a decidedly pro-employee state. The new laws created a much greater risk of liability for employers.

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Arlene Klinesdinst Elected Chair of VBA’s Labor Relations and Employment Law Section
Arlene F. Klinedinst
Vandeventer Black LLP AV® Preeminent-rated partner Arlene F. Klinedinst was elected to serve as new Chair of the Virginia Bar Association Labor Relations & Employment Law Section. Klinedinst also served as Chair of Vandeventer Black’s Labor and Employment Department. “Serving as Chair of the Labor Relations & Employment Law Section is ...
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