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  • Virginia Supreme Court Voids Fairfax County’s New Zoning Ordinance

    March 24, 2023 By Mark M. Viani, David S. Houston, Andrew W. Gregg | Real Estate, Land Use & Construction Law

    On March 23, 2021, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (the “Board”) approved a comprehensive update and modernization – the “Zoning Ordinance Modernization Project (“ZMod”) – of the County’s Zoning Ordinance. At that time, the Board was utilizing special electronic meeting rules so that it could conduct public business necessary to continuation of government during the COVID-19 Emergency (these meeting rules were subsequently amended). ZMOD became effective on July 1, 2021 and applied to all zoning approvals or amendments (i.e., rezonings (including subsidiary plans), special exceptions, special permits, variances, modifications and waivers) approved by the Board, the Planning Commission or the Board of Zoning Appeals after that time.

  • FTC Votes to Extend Public Comment Period for Proposed Ban on Non-Competes

    March 20, 2023 By R. Douglas Taylor, Jr. | Employment Law

    The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently voted to extend the public comment period for its proposed new rule to ban employers from imposing non-competes on their workers. The public comment period was extended by the FTC for 30 days, until April 19, 2023. Originally the public comment deadline had been March 20, 2023. The proposed rule has prompted more than 10,000 public comments. The FTC’s rule banning employer non-competes, which was announced on January 5, 2023, “is based on a preliminary finding that non-competes constitute an unfair method of competition,” according to the agency, and “therefore violate Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act.” Read more about the FTC’s proposed ban on worker non-competes here.

  • Elon Musk’s “What Not to Do” Moments, Part 2: Don’t Forget to Tell Your Employees That They Have Been Terminated!

    March 13, 2023 By R. Douglas Taylor, Jr. | Employment Law

    In Part 1 of Elon Musk’s “what not to do” employment law moments, I wrote about the possible legal risks of a disparate treatment or hostile work environment employment discrimination claim that can arise under the ADA or Title VII when an employer makes disparaging and insensitive comments about an employee’s protected characteristics. In Musk’s case, he recently engaged in some twitter exchanges that ended with him making ugly comments about a disabled Twitter employee.

  • Elon Musk’s “What Not to Do” Moment: Don’t Insult Your Disabled Employees on Twitter!

    March 9, 2023 By R. Douglas Taylor, Jr. | Employment Law

    As a management-side employment law attorney, I spend much of my time advising employers on how to comply with the ADA’s disability accommodations requirements, no easy task, often using examples of what they should avoid. Thank you, Elon Musk, for providing a stark example this week with tweets  that were publicly dismissive of Haraldur Thorleifsson, a disabled Twitter worker. Musk’s twitter exchange with Thorleifsson was just the latest “Elonian” employment law kerfuffle since taking over at Twitter in 2022, and we’ll discuss the lessons to be learned from it here. Stay tuned for more Musk “what not to do” lessons to follow.

  • Equal Pay and Your Workplace: What Employers Need to Know

    March 8, 2023 By R. Douglas Taylor, Jr. | Employment Law

    Equal Pay Day was originated in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equity to highlight the gap between men’s and women’s wages. The next Equal Pay Day is March 14, 2023. It symbolizes how far into 2023 women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. Equal pay and pay equality have been exceptionally hot topics in recent years, particularly in light of the ongoing fight” for gender equality and the #MeToo movement. It is crucial for employers to understand their obligations when it comes to paying their employees fairly and equitably.

  • NLRB Changes Rules for Employee Severance Agreements

    February 24, 2023 By R. Douglas Taylor, Jr. | Employment Law

    On February 21, 2023, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued a significant decision in McLaren Macomb, ruling that an employer may not offer employee severance agreements containing broad confidentiality and non-disparagement restrictions because such restrictions amount to an impermissible waiver of the employees’ rights under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”). McLaren Macomb reverses the Trump-era NLRB precedent set in the Baylor University Medical Center and IGT decisions that had generally allowed employers the use of confidentiality and non-disparagement provisions in severance agreements, provided that the employer had not independently violated employee rights under the NLRA in the decision-making process.

  • Best Practices to Reduce Employer Risks in Implementing a Reduction-in-Force

    February 22, 2023 By R. Douglas Taylor, Jr. | Employment Law

    The ever-present question for businesses this year is whether the U.S. economy is already in a recession or is slowly heading toward one? Traditional economic metrics show that the U.S. is not in a recession, for now. The Federal Reserve’s aggressive interest rate hikes over the last 12 months have increased the cost of borrowing and slowed consumer demand. But the U.S. economy has shown signs of resilience, expanding at a solid 2.9% annual rate during the fourth quarter of 2022. Unemployment in the U.S. fell to 3.4% in January 2023, its lowest level in more than 50 years. Yet some economists still believe that the country may slip into a mild recession during the first half of this year.

  • Data Security in the Technological World

    February 16, 2023 By R. Douglas Taylor, Jr. | Employment Law

    In today’s digital age, data security is a critical concern for individuals, businesses, and governments alike. With the increasing use of technology, the risk of data breaches, unauthorized data access, and theft of sensitive information has become a major concern for organizations of all sizes. At Bean, Kinney & Korman, we often advise clients on the legal protections and best practices for securing their data and minimizing the risks of data breaches.

  • DOL: Best Practices to Minimize Risks of Remote Worker Unpaid Wage Claims

    February 14, 2023 By R. Douglas Taylor, Jr. | Employment Law

    By most public health indicators, the COVID-19 pandemic is behind us. Remote work, a by-product of the pandemic, is here to stay. At the apex of the pandemic in late 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) issued a Field Assistance Bulletin (“FAB”) 2020-5 to provide guidance to businesses on “how to track the number of hours of compensable work performed by employees who are teleworking . . .” or working remotely away from any worksite controlled by their employer. The WHD’s focus was to address how to properly calculate compensable time for travel for employees who divided their work time between home and the office. Read more about the WHD’s partial-day telework what-ifs.

  • M&A Market Impacts to Expect in a Recession

    February 10, 2023 By Zack R. Andrews, Kathleen A. Kelley | Business Insights

    A recession is a period of economic downturn that can have significant consequences for businesses of all sizes. Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity is often one of the first areas to be affected during a recession, as Buyers become more cautious about making large financial commitments and face challenges in financing new acquisitions. In this blog post, we will explore some of the ways in which a recession could impact M&A activity and deal flow.

  • OCR Says School Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Activities Do Not Violate Title VI’s Prohibition Against Race Discrimination

    February 8, 2023 By R. Douglas Taylor, Jr. | Employment Law

    The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) recently issued a Fact Sheet that makes clear to educators, and elementary, secondary, and postsecondary educational institutions that “diversity, equity, and inclusion training and similar activities,” in most circumstances, do not violate Title VI of the Civil Rights Act’s (“Title VI”) prohibition against discrimination based on race, color, or national origin (collectively, here, “race”) in educational programs that receive Federal financial assistance.

  • Federal Trade Commission Proposes Rule to Ban Employer Non-Compete Agreements

    January 9, 2023 By R. Douglas Taylor, Jr. | Employment Law

    On January 5, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission interjected itself into U.S. workplaces in a big way, publishing a proposed rule that, as written, would essentially make it an “unlawful restraint on trade” for employers to restrict an employee’s right to engage in business activities competitive with the employer. While the FTC’s proposed rule is subject to a 60-day public comment period and may ultimately end up looking somewhat different when – or if — it becomes final, in its current iteration the rule would substantially upend the current policies and practices of many U.S. businesses.

  • Understanding the Pros and Cons of Pay Transparency

    January 3, 2023 By R. Douglas Taylor, Jr. | Employment Law

    Pay transparency – the degree to which employers are open about pay information or are permissive of employees talking with each other about pay — is becoming increasingly popular among employers. By sharing and facilitating the discussion of salary information, employers may be able to promote fairness and equity while building trust between employees and employers. While there are advantages and disadvantages to pay transparency, the pros seem to outweigh the cons when it is implemented correctly. In this blog, we’ll explore the pros and cons of pay transparency, as well as how Virginia’s Pay Transparency law might impact your workplace. By openly discussing salaries and pay expectations, employers can create an environment of trust and transparency that benefits everyone involved.

  • What Employers Need to Know About Office Holiday Parties

    December 1, 2022 By R. Douglas Taylor, Jr. | Employment Law

    The holiday season is here, and it’s the most wonderful time of the year! With the winter holidays just around the corner, are you one of the many businesses busily preparing for a holiday office party? Office parties are a wonderful way to generate good will with your employees and strengthen your business culture.

  • Privacy Law Comes to Virginia: How will Virginia’s Consumer Data Protection Act Affect my Business?

    November 11, 2022 By Harrison J. Clinton, Kandis M. Koustenis, R. Douglas Taylor, Jr. | Business Insights

    On March 2, 2021, then Governor Ralph Northam signed into law the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (the “VCDPA” or “Act”). The effective date of January 1, 2023 is fast approaching. If your business has not yet started taking steps to understand and ensure compliance with this new law – the time is now! This will be the first of a series of blog posts directed to answering your questions as to whether and how the new Act will affect you and your business.

  • “Pay When Paid” Change for Subcontractors Coming to Virginia

    November 4, 2022 By Stephen D. Caruso | Real Estate, Land Use & Construction Law

    In 1995, the Virginia Supreme Court expressly held that general contractors could assert an absolute “pay when paid” defense against subcontractors claiming monetary damages for non-payment of work on a construction project. See Galloway Corp. v. S.B. Ballard Constr. Co., 250 Va. 493, 506 (1995).  Since then, the law of the land had been that general contractors could negotiate in their contracts to withhold payment from subcontractors if the general contractors had not been paid by the owner of a construction project, so long as “the parties mutually intended the contract to create such a defense.”

  • New “Know Your Rights” Poster Issued by the EEOC

    October 24, 2022 By R. Douglas Taylor, Jr. | Employment Law

    Last week, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released an updated version of the “EEO is the Law” poster that covered employers are required by federal law to post in a conspicuous workplace location.

  • Does Title IX Prohibit Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity? Not according to Virginia and Other States

    August 22, 2022 By Timothy R. Hughes, R. Douglas Taylor, Jr. | Employment Law

    On July 27, 2022, Virginia joined forces with more than twenty other states to file a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in response to that agency’s recent guidance advising that Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972’s (Title IX) prohibition of discrimination in educational programs “on the basis of sex” is applicable to more than just “biological sex”; it also covers discrimination based on “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” The USDA’s Title IX guidance potentially impacts all educational institutions and programs that receive federal assistance for things like school lunches under the National School Lunch Program that serves close to thirty million students each day.

  • 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Status, Private Schools, and Title IX

    August 12, 2022 By R. Douglas Taylor, Jr., Timothy R. Hughes | Employment Law

    Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. Federal financial assistance typically consists of grants or loans made available by the federal government to fund things such as student scholarships and improvements to school facilities. Thus, it seemed easy enough for a private school that did not want to be subjected to Title IX compliance obligations to accomplish that goal simply by not accepting certain federal funds.

  • Prince William County – The Digital Battlefield

    August 4, 2022 By Andrew W. Gregg | Real Estate, Land Use & Construction Law

    Prince William County (PWC) is becoming a crucial location for data center developers. However, as PWC creates incentives for data center market and contemplates zoning changes that favor data center development, some citizens have grown concerned about the changing landscape in their community.

    While PWC has been courting the development of these centers since the early 2000s, it was not until the last few years that approvals and construction ramped up.

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