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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 law attorneys 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 prepare affirmative action plans and assist clients in compliance with Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) regulations and other requirements governing federal contractors, such as the Davis Bacon Act and Service Contract Act. 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: 

  • Unfair competition/trade secret suits
  • Noncompete Agreements
  • Discrimination claims
  • Breach of contract suits
  • Wrongful discharge claims
  • Workplace harassment claims (including sexual harassment)
  • Wage and hour violations
  • Collective bargaining negotiations
  • Labor arbitration and mediation
  • Unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
  • Union avoidance
  • Worker’s compensation defense
  • ERISA and other employee benefits claims

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 (IRS), Virginia Human Rights Council, Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH), 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

HRCI® ( 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®.

Cleaning Up Its Mess – the Virginia Assembly Ditches Virginia’s Overtime Wage Act
Labor & Employment
Anne G. Bibeau
Well, that was fun! Last year, on July 1, 2021, the Virginia Overtime Wage Act (VOWA) went into effect, causing significant headaches for Virginia employers because it differed starkly from the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) on a number of key points. Employers were left reeling as they tried ...
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OSHA Pursues A Different COVID Strategy
Dean T. Buckius
Effective January 26, 2022, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has withdrawn its Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) that would have required employers with 100 or more employees to ensure that their employees were vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing.  OSHA’s decision to scrap the ETS follows the ...
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Supreme Court Issues Two Important Decisions On COVID-19 Vaccination And Testing
Dean T. Buckius, George M. Nicholos
Today, the United States Supreme Court decided to block the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) requiring that employers with 100 or more employees ensure that their employees are vaccinated or tested weekly for COVID-19. While the decision is not a final ruling on the validity of the OSHA ETS, it ...
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It’s Almost 4:20 in Virginia: What Employers Need to Know About Marijuana Laws

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

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

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.

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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