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Virginia’s New COVID Workplace Regulations

Virginia’s New COVID Workplace Regulations By Tom Shumaker, Esq. On July 27, 2020, the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health section of the Department of Labor and Industry Safety published new workplace safety rules designed to protect employees from COVID-19.  These rules are effective immediately. Among other things, these new rules include requirements for: regular cleaning […]

Employment Law Early Guidance: How Does Virginia’s New Marijuana Law Impact Employers?

Employment Law Early Guidance: How Does Virginia’s New Marijuana Law Impact Employers? Author Tom Shumaker, Esq. May 26, 2020 Many employers maintain “zero-tolerance” drug policies, prohibiting employees from working under the influence of alcohol and illegal drugs. On May 21, 2020, Governor Northam signed legislation that, starting July 1st, decriminalizes possession and consumption of up […]

DEPT. OF LABOR’S NEW OVERTIME REGULATIONS AND THE TELEWORKING IMPLICATIONS FOR EMPLOYERS

DEPT. OF LABOR’S NEW OVERTIME REGULATIONS AND THE TELEWORKING IMPLICATIONS FOR EMPLOYERS Author: Tom Shumaker, Esq. May 20, 2020      The COVID-19 pandemic catapulted many employees into working from home (sometimes called “telework”). Employers and employees alike need to understand that the overtime laws apply to telework, just as much as they apply in […]

Federal Family First Coronavirus Response Act Creates New Leave Rights

Effective April 1, 2020, there are two new federal employment laws that can immediately impact employers and many employees —  the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act  and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act.   Together, these new laws are commonly known as the Family First Coronavirus Response Act or simply the “Family First Act”. The entire text of the […]

The Importance of Intent in Visa Applications

When you apply for a visa and have your interview, and usually again at the border when trying to enter the United States, you will be asked what your purpose is in coming into the country.  The main reason why this question is asked is to determine your intent in entering the country.  For visa […]

5 Common Bankruptcy Myths

5 Common Bankruptcy Myths There are many misconceptions surrounding individuals filing bankruptcy.  We address some of these bankruptcy myths and tell you the truth surrounding the process. Myth #1: If I file bankruptcy, I will have to give up my house. Truth: There are many ways to go through the bankruptcy process while still keeping […]

Does Remarriage Impact Child Support?

Does Remarriage Impact Child Support? You have a child from a previous marriage or relationship. You already have a child support order in place, but now you are engaged to be married. You may decide to have more children with your new spouse, or they may already have children from a previous relationship too. You […]

Powers of Attorney: benefits and areas of concern that you should consider before signing one of these documents

Watch the first episode of our “Facebook Five Minutes” series is about Powers of Attorney. There are many benefits and many areas of concern that you should consider before signing one of these documents. If you have any questions, come see us for a consultation and make sure you are covered! Link to Video Here: […]

Nonimmigrant Visa for a Fiancé(e) (K-1)

Overview: What Is a K-1 Visa? The fiancé(e) K-1 nonimmigrant visa is for the foreign-citizen fiancé(e) of a United States (U.S.) citizen. The K-1 visa permits the foreign-citizen fiancé(e) to travel to the United States and marry his or her U.S. citizen sponsor within 90 days of arrival. The foreign-citizen will then apply for adjustment of status […]

Which Visa is better — Fiancé Visa or Marriage Visa?

  U.S. citizens looking to bring their partner into the country on a K Visa must decide whether to apply for the K1 or the K3 Visa. The answer to this question will depend on the particulars of each case, but knowledge of the basic differences between the K1 and K3 will be helpful for […]

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