Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Virginia Issues Final Coronavirus Workplace Safety Measures: Is Your Business in Compliance?

 By: Jessica Summers, Principal

As we’ve previously blogged, last summer Virginia became the first state to enact mandatory COVID-19 workplace safety rules. 

Montgomery County Expands “Ban the Box” Law, Creates New Pitfalls for Employers

 By: Hayes Edwards, Associate

As of February 1, 2021, all employers doing business in Montgomery County, Maryland, with at least one employee located in the county, are subject to new prohibitions on inquiries into job applicants’ criminal history. The previous version of the County’s “Ban the Box” law, which only applied to employers with more than 15 employees, allowed such inquiries after the first interview. That original law, effective since January 1, 2015, also includes restrictions on employers’ use of information obtained from a compliant background check and inquiry process.

Reminder – Virginia’s New Minimum Wage Goes Into Effect May 1

 By: Jessica Summers, Principal

During its 2020 Session, the Virginia General Assembly passed a new law to establish a state minimum wage.  Previously, the Commonwealth simply required employers to pay the federal minimum wage (currently $7.25).

Latest Virginia Legislative Sessions Usher In New Employment Laws

 By: Jessica Summers, Principal

So far, in 2021 the Virginia General Assembly has completed its regular session as well as one special session.  As the Governor recently finished reviewing and signing the legislation passed in the special session, now is a good time for Virginia employers to familiarize themselves with the latest updates.  

What Virginia’s Legalization of Marijuana Means for Employers

By Jessica Summers, Principal

Effective July 1, 2021, certain recreational possession and growth of marijuana will become legal in Virginia under a new law that the General Assembly passed during its 2021 session.  Originally, the law, which will also establish a system for retail sales of marijuana in the Commonwealth, was not set to go into effect until January 1, 2024.  However, the Governor proposed, and the General Assembly approved, to bump up certain portions to make them effective on July 1, 2021.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Can a Company Require its Employees to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine?

 By: Scott Mirsky, Principal

Summary: Employers need to understand the rules on mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for its workforce. While an employer can require its employees to get the vaccine before returning to work, several exceptions exist. The two major exceptions are for employees with ADA disabilities and employees with sincere religious beliefs. Employees represented by unions or working for the government may also have additional protections.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Virginia Becomes the First State to Enact Coronavirus Workplace Safety Measures

By Jessica Summers, Principal

On July 15, Virginia became the first state to enact mandated COVID-19 workplace safety rules.  This move, which other states are expected to follow, is largely seen as a response to the fact that, while the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has put out discretionary guidance, it has not answered calls to issue any COVID-19-specific mandatory rules.  Unfortunately, as states take matters into their own hands, a further patchwork of COVID-19 related rules may create additional headaches for multi-jurisdictional businesses, like many in the DMV.