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Employers Could Face Tort Liability for Independent Contractors

Employers usually think they won’t be held legally responsible for tort claims based on their independent contractors’ work. But there are apparent exceptions to this rule. Under a common-law principle known as Respondeat Superior, when employers assign their employees any task on behalf of their business, employees owe a legal duty to practice reasonable caution […]

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Employer-Mandated Vaccinations for Covid-19

There are three vaccines for the Covid-19 virus available and recommended in the United States: the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine, and the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Covid-19 vaccine. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine consists of 2 shots in the upper arm, administered 21 days apart. The Moderna vaccine also consists of two shots. However, the […]

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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

What Is Sexual Harrasment In The Workplace? Sexual harassment in the workplace is a serious issue throughout the country. It is actionable at federal, state, and local levels depending on the jurisdiction and size of the company, among other factors. It negatively impacts the victim of the harassment and can obstruct daily operations. Suppose you […]

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Severance Packages

What are Severance Packages? Severance packages are generally some amount of pay given to employees upon termination of employment. A severance package can also include continuing health insurance or other benefits for a specific time upon termination. The purpose of a severance package is not only to assist employees while they transition from one job […]

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How Employee Turnover Can Hurt Your Company

You spend months sorting through resumes, conducting interviews, and negotiating contracts to find the right employees. However, even the most experienced professionals need time to adjust. Mentoring and training new workers often takes dedication, diverts resources from essential personnel, and necessitates revealing client lists, trade secrets, and confidential business strategies. Small business owners sometimes forget […]

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Understanding Wrongful Termination Laws & Avoiding Employee Lawsuits

Few employees take termination gracefully – especially in this economy. Business owners may have every lawful reason to let an employee go, but this seldom prevents frustrated ex-employees from filing wrongful termination litigation in Virginia. Whether an employee refused an offer of work, failed to abide by health safety regulations, or had poor performance ratings, […]

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Virginia Unemployment Insurance Benefits in Response to COVID-19

Over half a million Virginians filed for unemployment benefits over the past six weeks. As a result, many Virginia families now rely on these benefits to live. In response to recent federal legislation, the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) increased and expanded access to unemployment benefits in the Commonwealth. As a result, many beneficiaries qualify for […]

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What is the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)?

The U.S. Department of Labor is taking action to ensure eligible workers can care for themselves and family members during the Coronavirus pandemic. Under the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), effective through December 31, 2020, many employers must expand paid sick and personal leave for COVID-19-related reasons. For example, eligible employees could be entitled […]

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