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Optional Extension of Expanded Paid Sick Leave and Family and Medical Leave

April 14, 2021

At the outset of the pandemic, Congress enacted an expanded family and medical leave program which required employers with less than 500 employees to provide paid expanded FMLA leave and emergency sick leave. That program ended on December 31,...

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Construction Defect Claims in Virginia

November 12, 2020

When an owner wants to make a construction defect claim in Virginia, there are three factors that need to be considered: liability, damages and source of recovery. Whether an owner is contracting to have minor repair work done on their home, or is...

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A Brave New (Electronic) Will

September 24, 2020

Will the passage of the Uniform Electronic Wills Act pave the way for electronic wills in Virginia and other states? For better or worse, we are living in an age of technology. At our fingertips we have computers, smartphones, tablets and other...

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Employee Payroll Tax Withholdings - Deferral

September 09, 2020

In response to the COVID crisis, a number of proposals have been suggested to assist the economy. In particular, President Trump suggested that the employee’s share of the payroll tax be eliminated during the negotiations concerning the extension...

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Important Changes In Virginia Employment Law

June 15, 2020

There are a number of very significant changes to Virginia employment laws that go into effect July 1, 2020. This article is an executive summary of those changes. They will dramatically impact the landscape in Virginia.

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Norfolk Supply Chain Emergency Grant Funding

May 15, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, City of Norfolk Economic Development has introduced a business loan product to help business impacted by inventory and supply chain disruptions and are in danger of ceasing business operations. Successful...

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Virginia Beach Emergency Grants

May 15, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and Governor Northam’s order to close businesses, The Virginia Beach City Council has voted to allow economic development funds from the Virginia Beach Development Authority to be used for emergency grants....

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A New Approach to Family Law as a Healing Force in a Time of Upheaval and Uncertainty in Post-Pandemic Virginia

May 07, 2020

The phrase Mr. Rogers used to guide children in frightening situations, “Look for the Helpers,” has been quoted a lot lately. Now more than ever, those of us who are feeling frightened and alone are looking for someone to guide us through the...

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Coronavirus & Personal Injury Cases

April 22, 2020

At Wolcott Rivers Gates, our team prepared as much as possible for the impact COVID-19 has caused to everyday life. Our office remains open, however, our in-office staff is limited to a small number. This “skeleton crew” is able to keep the office...

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Hand Sanitizer: A Potential Tax Break for Breweries and Distilleries

April 20, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, breweries and distilleries are beginning to make WHO-approved hand sanitizer from ethanol, a type of alcohol already used in the distilling process. To support these efforts, Congress included special tax...

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