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Business Law - Maternity Leave and Avoiding Discrimination Claims

April 18, 2018

You have a highly valued employee who has recently become pregnant and has asked about the company policy on paid maternity leave. Should you offer her paid maternity leave? If you choose to offer paid leave for new parents, how do you do so while...

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Business Contracts - Indemnification Clauses

March 27, 2018

Do the words in the general terms of a business contract really have any practical impact? The answer is definitely yes! Once the parties enter into a business relationship, whether it is for construction, leasing or the sale of items and have...

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Can I Sue A Contractor For Fraud?

March 06, 2018

In construction disputes, it is not uncommon that one of the parties wants to sue for fraud. A fraud claim has significant advantages over a contract claim in that there is a longer statute of limitations to bring the claim and the damages that can...

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What Is Mediation? What Can I Expect From It?

February 13, 2018

There are four primary methods for resolving disputes in the American legal system: (1) trial by judge; (2) trial by jury; (3) arbitration; and (4) mediation. Of these, mediation is probably the least understood.

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Employment Relations – Sexual Harassment & Hostile Work Environments

February 02, 2018

You run a business and receive a report from an employee of sexual harassment/hostile work environment, how do you respond? First, while many areas of the law are very complex and it is easy to get punished for doing the right thing, this area is...

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Preserving Evidence In Construction Cases

January 22, 2018

Whenever an owner notices a problem with a building, one issue that may arise is how to properly preserve evidence for use at trial. Fortunately, the Virginia Supreme Court has recently issued an opinion which makes life a little bit easier for...

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Construction Law - Virginia

December 19, 2017

When an owner hires a contractor to perform construction and the work goes poorly, damages is one of the issues that can be contested. This article by Wolcott Rivers Gates attorney, Barry Dorans, discusses the nuances of what recourse a client has...

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Tip Credits Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) - FLSA Update No. 2

December 08, 2017

The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) requires employers to pay $7.25 per hour plus overtime to most workers but allows tipped employees to be treated differently by use of the “tip credit”. Unfortunately, there are many rules regarding the tip...

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Construction Law: Owners - Architects - Contractor

November 28, 2017

A building fails, is it the fault of the contractor who built it or someone else? In some cases, an owner hires a company to build a building with no real plans to go from, such as a free standing garage constructed for a home, but in many...

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What Is The Minimum Pay For Salaried Employees Under The Fair Labor Standards Act? - FLSA Update No. 1

November 14, 2017

The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) requires that all non-exempt employees be paid time and a half for any overtime they work in a work week. To be exempt, an employee must meet certain task related criteria, such as being a manager, and be paid...

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