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Virginia Employment Law Update – March 2022
  • By: Katie Lipp
  • Published: March 14, 2022

Employer COVID Guidance: The Path Back to Normalcy The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI), under the new administration of Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, is in the process of “returning to normal.” Many Virginia employees have achieved some level of immunity, whether vaccine-induced or due to a prior COVID infection, and so DOLI is set to scale back pandemic-era… Read More

Advice for Employers: Quit Commenting on Employees’ Hair
  • By: Sarah Mugmon
  • Published: March 7, 2022

A long-overlooked form of racial discrimination relates to how employers address the “professional” appearance of employees and enforce potentially discriminatory grooming and appearance policies.  In the past, courts have not considered hair textures and styles as immutable characteristics protected by federal and state anti-discrimination laws.  Employers banning employees from wearing or commenting on employees’ natural and protective hair textures and… Read More

Are Masks Still Required in Virginia Workplaces?
  • By: Sarah Mugmon
  • Published: February 25, 2022

  As employers begin reopening offices and employees return to the workplace, The Lipp Law Firm has received questions about how to safely and effectively do so.  One of the main questions is whether employers must require employees to wear masks in the workplace.  For now, the answer is generally “yes”—employees, regardless of vaccination status, in areas of Virginia with… Read More

EEOC Charge Process
  • By: Katie Lipp
  • Published: February 23, 2022

Your company received an EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) charge. Now what? You will need to respond to the charge, usually with a position statement, which is a document outlining defenses and the company’s side of the story. Sometimes the EEOC will grant an extension of time to respond to the charge, but generally it is best to contact your… Read More

Clean Record Settlements for Federal Employees May Return
  • By: Sarah Mugmon
  • Published: February 14, 2022

Clean Record Settlements for Federal Employees May Return In January 2022, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) proposed changes to regulations governing clean record settlements. OPM’s proposed rule is currently open for comment before it makes a final decision.   What is a clean record settlement? When a federal government employee is subject to disciplinary action, that is called adverse action. … Read More

Texas Court Halts Federal Employee Vaccine Mandate
  • By: Sarah Mugmon
  • Published: January 27, 2022

On January 21, 2022, a federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction blocking federal agencies from enforcing the Biden Administration’s vaccine mandate for federal employees.  The now-halted federal employee vaccine mandate would have allowed federal agencies to discipline non-compliant civilian employees—who had not been granted or had pending medical or religious exemptions—beginning January 21, 2022.  Possible disciplinary actions could… Read More

What is Going on With Vax Mandates in the United States?
  • By: Katie Lipp
  • Published: January 25, 2022

Keeping up with the vax mandates in the States has been frustrating. Here’s a rundown for those who want to stay in the know from an employment perspective: ? OSHA 100+ Employee Vax or Test Rule: This went into effect Monday, January 10. Currently, unvaxxed employees are required to wear masks, and companies should have a compliant policy. In February,… Read More

OSHA Rule Struck Down By the Supreme Court
  • By: Katie Lipp
  • Published: January 14, 2022

Supreme Court blocks OSHA vax or test rule, calling it a "significant encroachment into the lives—and health—of a vast number of employees." The Supreme Court has blocked OSHA's vax or test rule applicable to employers with 100+ employees. The OSHA rule is now stayed (paused) while the case gets litigated in the lower court, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.… Read More

What Do the Terms Mean in My Intellectual Property License, and Does it Protect Me?
  • By: Ryen Rasmus
  • Published: January 12, 2022

Licensing of intellectual property (IP) rights allows you to retain IP ownership while you give another individual or business the right to use your IP at a fee or royalty for a specified period. Using someone’s copyright, design, trade secrets, patent, or trademark without this license infringes on the licensor's legal rights attached to the IP and may attract fines,… Read More

Keeping Your House in Order: Why Corporate Clean-Up Matters
  • By: Ryen Rasmus
  • Published: December 31, 2021

When entrepreneurs start a new business, there are several foundational documents that attorneys usually recommend.  These include shareholder agreements for corporations and operating agreements for limited liability companies, and may also include bylaws, employee handbooks, executive compensation agreements, employment agreements, and long-term incentive plans.  Depending on the business, lawyers may also draft templates for use with third parties like contractors,… Read More

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