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Vandeventer Black Attorneys Receive Peer-Review Recognitions from Best Lawyers

Vandeventer Black Attorneys Receive Peer-Review Recognitions from Best Lawyers

Several Vandeventer Black lawyers were named to the 2022 "Best Lawyers" list, "Lawyers of the Year," and "Ones To Watch," by the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, Best Lawyers Publication in America®. Lists are divided by geographic region and practice areas. Attorneys are reviewed by their peers based on professional expertise and undergo an authentication process. “We would like to ...
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[Webinar Recording] COVID Safety Standards In The Workplace

[Webinar Recording] COVID Safety Standards In The Workplace

This webinar discusses Virginia’s COVID Standard, OSHA COVID guidance, and other workplace COVID issues ...
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[Webinar Recording] It’s Almost 4:20 In Virginia: What Employers Need To Know About Marijuana Laws

[Webinar Recording] It’s Almost 4:20 In Virginia: What Employers Need To Know About Marijuana Laws

This webinar discusses Virginia’s legislative progress on cannabis, from 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 ...
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[VIDEO] The Current State Of The Law Concerning Marijuana In Virginia

[VIDEO] 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 ...
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Department of Defense Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification

 The Next Step Toward Cybersecurity Compliance for Defense Contractors On January 31, 2020, the Department of Defense (DoD) released the greatly anticipated Version 1.0 of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) marking another step toward the DoD’s goal of enhancing the protection of sensitive information within the supply chain throughout the Defense Industrial Base (DIB).  Designed to safeguard Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and Federal Contract ...
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A Few Do’s and Don’ts of Purchasing Small Business Insurance

Insurance is essential for all businesses, large and small.  Indeed, some types of insurance are required by law, such as workers’ compensation insurance for businesses who have more than two workers.  This article will address selected do's and don’ts for small businesses purchasing property/casualty insurance.  Please note that it is not a comprehensive list and does not address health insurance issues. DO consider the landscape of ...
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U.S. Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Employment Agreements Requiring Arbitration On An Individual Rather Than Class Or Collective Basis.

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis on May 21, 2018, holding that employers and employees can agree in arbitration agreements that claims must be brought on an individual, rather than class or collective, basis. This decision reaffirms the federal policy favoring arbitration and a long line of cases requiring courts to enforce arbitration agreements as written. The Court in Epic Systems decided ...
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DON’T ASSUME A DESIGN ROLE UNLESS YOU’RE THE DESIGNER

DON’T ASSUME A DESIGN ROLE UNLESS YOU’RE THE DESIGNER

Recent weather conditions highlight the importance of avoiding unintentional design responsibility. This first quarter of 2018 has seen persistent periods of wind-driven rain; which often expose building envelope weaknesses. Uncontrolled rainwater penetration, condensation, and moisture related damage commonly result and threaten both structural integrity and building envelope performance. Indeed, virtually 90 percent of such sources of intrusion are uniquely associated with only 1 percent of ...
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CORPORATE ENTITIES FOR DESIGN PROFESSIONALS: ONE SIZE DOESN’T FIT ALL

CORPORATE ENTITIES FOR DESIGN PROFESSIONALS: ONE SIZE DOESN’T FIT ALL

You have a license to practice engineering or architecture and want to start your own business.  You’re already licensed - the hard part is behind you, right?  Not entirely.  There are many options to choose from when creating your own company:  a corporation (“Inc.”); a professional corporation (“PC”); a limited liability company (“LLC”); a professional limited liability company (“PLLC”); a limited liability partnership (“LLP”); a ...
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YOU LOST, NOW WHAT? MAKING THE DECISION TO APPEAL

YOU LOST, NOW WHAT? MAKING THE DECISION TO APPEAL

Whether expectedly or not, there may come a time when you find yourself on the losing side of a legal battle. Your first reaction might be to consider pursuing an appeal. Below are some points that are helpful to keep in mind as you evaluate your options. Think early about the possibility of an appeal: As with most things in life, there is rarely, if ...
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EEOC Releases Guidance for Employees with Mental Health Conditions

In March 2017, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued a Guidance concerning the legal rights of workers diagnosed with mental health conditions.  The Guidance came in the form of a question and answer sheet aimed at informing employers and workers of their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”).  The Guidance provides significant lessons for employers faced with the task of complying with ...
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The Resurgence of the Defense Base Act

The Defense Base Act is a federal law that extends the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) to apply to certain categories of employees working overseas. The three general divisions of covered employees are (1) those working on military bases acquired from a foreign government after 1940, (2) employees of contractors and subcontractors engaged in public work projects for the U.S. government outside the ...
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Issues in Workers’ Comp: Legislative Update

Here is a first look at some legislative changes that may be coming our way in the workers' compensation world. We will keep you updated. And as always, if you have any questions or concerns about these potential Bills, please contact us. HB 1285 Workers' compensation; definition of employee; property owners' associations. Chief patron: Scott A BILL to amend and reenact § 65.2-101 of the ...
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Civil Penalty Increased for Noncompliance with Virginia Workers’ Compensation Insurance Laws

Uninsured employers shall be assessed a civil penalty, subject to a maximum of $250 per day of noncompliance and subject to a maximum civil penalty of $50,000. The 2014 General Assembly approved an increase in the civil penalty imposed when an employer required to insure under the Workers’ Compensation Act fails to insure. The law change amended section 65.2-805 of the Workers’ Compensation Act, which ...
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New Virginia Laws Address Medical Provider Billing

On July 1, 2014, new laws go into effect in Virginia to address medical provider billing in state workers' compensation cases. The changes include additions to Virginia Code Section 65.2-605 which limit the amount that medical providers may charge for the services of nurse practitioners, physician's assistants and assistant surgeons during surgery. Additionally, the changes limit the ability of physicians to bill separately for multiple ...
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The Do's and Dont's of International Sales Contracts

The Do’s and Dont’s of International Sales Contracts

Vandeventer Black LLP speaks on The Do’s and Don’ts of International Sales Contracts http://vimeo.com/93371153 ...
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Paying Workers to Attend Medical Appointments

An injured worker is entitled to reimbursement for mileage expenses when traveling to and from related medical appointments. But, is that employee also entitled to receive wage loss benefits for the time missed from work while attending related medical appointments? That answer is not as easy. It is certainly reasonable to expect, and even require the injured employee to schedule medical appointments around his work ...
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Do I Have to Include That? . . . Calculating AWW

Must you include non-Longshore wages when calculating the pre-injury Average Weekly Wage (AWW) for a claim pursuant to the Longshore & Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA)? In a nutshell - YES. The scenario is not at all uncommon when it comes to Longshoremen and other maritime workers who qualify for LHWCA benefits following an industrial injury. It is a cyclical, transient, even sporadic way to ...
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Back to Basics: Recalling Perini

Coverage under the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act has a somewhat tortured history. In today's application, we throw around words like "situs" and "status," but when a tough case comes along, it can help to recall the origins of the buzz words by tracing the history of Longshore coverage to see where your scenario fits in - if at all. How many of you have heard of ...
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Government Shut Down and Workers’ Compensation

With the federal government shutdown still in place, many of you probably have questions about its direct impact on your workers' compensation claims. Two important federal government players are noteworthy. 1. U.S. Department of Labor. This includes the Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ) and the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP). These are the two agencies that adjudicate and administer the Longshore and Harbor Workers' ...
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