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Written by Barry Dorans

What Is Mediation? What Can I Expect From It?

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.

February 13, 2018 in Litigation

Written by Barry Dorans

Employment Relations – Sexual Harassment & Hostile Work Environments

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...

February 02, 2018 in Employment Law for Employers

Written by David Bastiaans

3 Questions That Will Help Business Owners Learn: Is My Business an Asset, or is it My Employer?

WRG attorney David Bastiaans has worked with business owners for the past 19 plus years. Some of the owners he works with are very happy and satisfied with their business while others find it a constant grind and struggle. This article looks into...

January 30, 2018 Mergers & Acquisitions; New Business Formation

The Conservation Fund Defaults & The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Takes Action

In an unprecedented move among nationally recognized tax-exempt organization, The Conservation Fund (“TCF”) has defaulted on its obligation to provide compensatory mitigation for the destruction of wetlands in Alaska. In this blog post WRG attorney...

January 25, 2018 in Land Use & Zoning

Written by Barry Dorans

Preserving Evidence In Construction Cases

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...

January 22, 2018 in Construction Law

Mitigation Bank Sponsors Beware

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (the “Corps”) is proposing to require sponsors of newly established mitigation banks to sign documents that will likely discourage anyone from assuming the substantial financial obligations involved with the...

January 17, 2018 Banking & Finance; Land Use & Zoning

Written by Barry Dorans

Construction Law - Virginia

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...

December 19, 2017 Construction Law; Litigation

Written by Barry Dorans

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

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...

December 08, 2017 in Employment Law for Employers

Written by Barry Dorans

Construction Law: Owners - Architects - Contractor

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...

November 28, 2017 in Construction Law

Written by Barry Dorans

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

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...

November 14, 2017 in Employment Law for Employers