Tuesday, December 18, 2012

D.C. Council Rejects Bill Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Arrest Conviction Records

In a move supported by many local business leaders, the District of Columbia City Council on December 4, 2012, rejected a bill to amend the D.C. Human Rights Act to prohibit discrimination in employment, housing and education based on arrest and conviction records. Among other things, the bill (available here), would have prohibited employers from considering an applicant or employee’s arrest or conviction record unless it was directly relevant to the job sought. In rejecting this bill, the council approved a more moderate measure that will encourage employers to hire individuals with criminal records and provide certain ex-offenders with certificates of good standing (available here).

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Independent Contractors Part 2

This is the second Webinar in a series on Independent Contractors which was held on December 11, 2012 and it focused on best practices to protect your business when choosing to use independent contractors. The program featured a look at the business and type of position that needs to be filled, how to determine when it is appropriate to use an independent contractor and methods & requirements for drafting enforceable independent contractor agreements.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Independent Contractors Part I

This is the first part of a two-part series on Independent Contractors. Held on December 4, 2012, the webinar discussed the pitfalls and minefields of classifying a worker as an independent contractor, what to watch out for when determining employment classifications, and how to deal with issues related to workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, wage and hours, benefits and audits.


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Supervisors Held Personally Liable For Firing Employees

In a decision that is certain to raise hairs on the back of the neck of any boss, the Virginia Supreme Court concluded for the first time that, under certain circumstances, a supervisor or manager can be held personally liable for wrongfully firing an employee. The Court’s decision in VanBuren v. Grubb (full opinion here) is one of the first in the Commonwealth’s legal history to open the door to claims against individual managers and supervisors and has the potential to change the way in which Virginia plaintiffs approach and present their claims.