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The effect of the pandemic on Virginia’s Statute of limitation in Personal Injury cases

Author: Personal Injury Attorney Olga Pazilova, Esq.  Statute of limitation is a law that establishes a strictly enforced time limit on your right to file a suit. It varies depending on the type of legal claim and the state you are in. In Virginia, the statute of limitation for all personal injury claims is 2 […]

RBG’s IMPACT ON HARASSMENT CLAIMS IN EMPLOYMENT LAW

Author: Tom Shumaker, Esq. September 19, 2020 My favorite opinion by Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is Pa. State Police v. Suders, 542 U.S. 129, 124 S. Ct. 2342 (2004)–perhaps because it is the one that has most impacted my practice. Suders not only defined when employers can be vicariously liable for Title VII constructive […]

IMPORTANT EEOC ANNOUNCEMENT

IMPORTANT EEOC ANNOUNCEMENT    by Tom Shumaker, Esq.         On August 3, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it will begin issuing “charge closure documents.”  This action rescinds the EEOC’s prior decision to suspend issuing charge closure documents during the COVID-19 pandemic.                   […]

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 […]

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