The Overtime Rules are Changing – Are you Ready?

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Last year, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced a notice of proposed rulemaking (“NPRM”) designed 1) to increase the salary level required for employees paid on a salary basis under white-collar overtime exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”); 2) to update the salary level automatically every three years; and 3) to […]

New Virginia Organ and Bone-Marrow Donation Leave Does Not Run Concurrently with FMLA Leave

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Virginia enacted a new law which requires eligible employers to provide up to 60 business days of unpaid leave for organ donation, and up to 30 business days of unpaid leave for bone-marrow donation in a 12-month period. See  The new statute specifically states that the new form of leave does not run concurrently […]

Judge Orders 100-Year Injunction Against Union

After granting summary judgment for Plaintiffs D5 Iron Works and its injured workers resulting from the Union’s brutal attack on a church school jobsite, [Jan 5, 2022, Order], federal District Court Judge Philip P. Simon issued a final Order ruling [May 20, 2022, Order]: “Local 395, its officers, agents and employees are hereby enjoined for […]

Virginia DOLI Withdraws Permanent COVID Standards

Effective March 23, 2022, the Virginia DOLI withdrew its previously-issued Permanent COVID Standards. The DOLI replaced the Standards with the Guidance for Employers to Mitigate the Risk of COVID-19 to Workers (“Guidance”), which present less restrictive protocols for employers than the previous COVID Standards. The prior DOLI Standards included the requirements that employees wear a mask and […]

Indiana Judge Finds Union Liable for Violent Attacks on Workers

On the sixth anniversary of a brutal assault against non-union workers erecting the steel frame for a church school, federal judge Philip Simon found Iron Workers Local 395, based in Portage, Indiana, a former Local 395 president, and a former Local 395 business agent liable for the injuries of the workers. That the Union’s “conduct […]

Virginia Public-Sector Unionization Would Increase Costs, Taxpayer Burden

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] […]

Virginia Election May Lead to Closer Scrutiny of Teacher-Unionization Push

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 […]