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Effective Immediately: New Covid-19 Emergency Temporary Standards For Business and Facility Owners

Part 1 of a Series By Kristina Keech Spitler, Esq. On July 27th, 2020, the “New Emergency Temporary Standard – Infectious Disease Prevention: SARS-CoV-2 Virus That Causes COVID-19” by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (“DOLI”) became effective and applies to virtually all employers in Virginia. It is the first of its kind in the

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Covenants Not to Compete with Low Wage Employees

(Part Four of a Four-Part Series)  By Kristina Keech Spitler, Esq. and Brendan F. Cassidy, Esq. A new law prohibits Virginia employers from entering into, enforcing, or threatening to enforce non-compete agreements with low wage employees.  A “low-wage employee” is defined as a worker whose average weekly earnings during the previous 52 weeks “are less than

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Hiring Independent Contractors: New Laws for Virginia Employers

(Part Four of a Four-Part Series)  By Kristina Keech Spitler, Esq. and Brendan F. Cassidy, Esq. Employers Must Report Independent Contractors to the Virginia New Hire Reporting Center A new law requires Employers to submit independent contractor information to the Virginia New Hire Reporting Center in the same manner as employees if the independent contractor: Has

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Virginia Minimum Wage Increase

(Part Three of a Four-Part Series)  By Kristina Keech Spitler, Esq. and Brendan F. Cassidy, Esq. Virginia employers will need to comply with a new Virginia minimum wage increase to $9.50 an hour starting May 1, 2021. Initially the minimum wage increase was planned for January 1, 2021, but Governor Northam delayed the increase as a

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