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Category Archives: Employment Law

Category Archives: Employment Law

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 […]

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