Local governing bodies in Virginia are grappling with how to comply with a state mandate to consider unionization of government employees, and, at the same time, serve the interests of taxpayers, consumers, and individual workers. The new state law, which became effective May 1, 2021, reversed a decades-old prohibition on unionization of local government employees.[i] […]
Exit polling conducted on election day in Virginia last week indicates that education was a major issue motivating voters.[i] American Federation of Teachers union president Randi Weingarten and other teacher union officials campaigned hard for gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, who declared during a debate, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should […]
Virginia Localities Face Push to Unionize Public Employees The Commonwealth of Virginia has gone “all-in” to empower organized labor by authorizing cities, counties, towns, and other local government employers to recognize and bargain with union officials over public employees’ employment and service. Revisions to Virginia Code Section 40.1-57.2 became effective on May 1, 2021, reversing […]
For years, union organizers have targeted for unionization individuals with severe disabilities who participate in rehabilitation and training programs. The union organizing often met with little success, but that may change. A new initiative at the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) may give a major boost to union officials’ attempts to unionize valuable community programs […]
The following resources, organizations, literature, and professionals in the field offer a wide scope of information to localities, and the practitioners advising them, as they face issues arising from the Virginia collective bargaining statute, Va. Code § 40.1-57.2. (2021). ORGANIZATIONAL RESOURCES ABA State & Local Government Bargaining & Employment Law Committee Contact: Brad HoffmanDirector, ABA Section of Labor and Employment […]
The Commonwealth of Virginia has gone “all-in” to empower organized labor in local governments across the state by requiring localities to recognize and bargain with union officials regarding public employees’ employment and service.
The Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Department of Labor, countless other government agencies, and plaintiffs’ attorneys have long sought unpaid taxes, wages, and benefits
If an employee is seeking intermittent leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, employers should examine closely the employee’s circumstances and the specific reason for the leave.
To help employers comply with the new leave requirements under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, I authored “Triaging Cases under the Federal COVID-19 Leave Laws.”
The “Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” which President Donald J. Trump signed into law on March 18, 2020, provides major, temporary expansion of leave entitlements under federal law. The Act includes new bases for employees to obtain paid and unpaid leave for COVID-19-based reasons