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Monthly Archives: August 2020

Employment

Brave New World for Virginia Employers: New Nondiscrimination, Accommodations, and Other Employment Requirements

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Brave New World for Virginia Employers: New Nondiscrimination, Accommodations, and Other Employment Requirements By William R. Thetford, Esq. and H. Robert Showers, Esq. Last Updated: August 25, 2020 Virginia had long been considered one of the most pro-business right-to-work states when it came to employment law.[1] A 2019 survey found Virginia to be the… Read More »

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New Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law in Virginia: Ramifications for Religious Employers and Others

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New Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law in Virginia: Ramifications for Religious Employers and Others By William R. Thetford, Esq. and H. Robert Showers, Esq. Last Updated: August 25, 2020 The legislative session of 2020 has radically transformed the legal climate of the Commonwealth of Virginia. This article analyzes the controversial Virginia Values Act… Read More »

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Virginia Workplace COVID-Related Emergency Temporary Standard Requirements

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Virginia Workplace COVID-Related Emergency Temporary Standard Requirements By H. Robert Showers, Esq. and William R. Thetford, Esq. Last Updated: August 25, 2020 In addition to the myriad employment law changes discussed in our previous articles, the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Program (VOSH) also implemented new emergency workplace requirements for the duration of the… Read More »

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When Does Failing to Signal Become Reckless Driving in Virginia?

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On roads and highways across the Commonwealth of Virginia, drivers are required to use vehicle signals to indicate when they will turn, slow down, or stop. Any driver who disregards these requirements can face criminal charges for reckless driving. If convicted, a reckless driving offender can face prison time and severe criminal fines. Required… Read More »

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Repeat DUI Offender Arrested After Fleeing Virginia Police

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A Virginia man faces criminal charges after attempting to elude police officers while also driving drunk, according to an article by the Loudoun Times-Mirror. Official statements say this will be his fourth DUI offense. On Tuesday, July 14th, at approximately 3 a.m., police officers attempted to execute a traffic stop near Loudoun County Parkway… Read More »

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Loudoun County Police Arrest Virginia Men for Assault & Attempted Robbery

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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Virginia men after an alleged assault and attempted robbery, according to an article by the Loudoun Times-Mirror. This incident occurred in Ashburn on July 4th. At approximately 10:30 p.m., sheriff’s deputies responded to the victim’s call from the 43000 block of Van Metre Drive. According to the… Read More »

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Virginia Institutes New Rules for Careless & Reckless Driving

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On July 1, 2020, several new Virginia laws took effect, creating rules against careless driving and increasing the penalty for certain reckless driving offenses, according to an article by NBC12. More specifically, Senate Bill 437 instituted rules against careless driving to protect “vulnerable road users.” At the same time, House Bill 885 increased the… Read More »

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Marijuana Possession Officially Decriminalized in Virginia

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As of July 1, 2020, possession of marijuana is officially decriminalized and technically no longer a drug crime under Virginia law, according to an article by NBC12. The new laws should have an immediate impact, as studies indicate 29,000 arrests were made in Virginia for possession of marijuana in 2018. The new laws concerning… Read More »

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New Virginia Law Adjusts Ignition Interlock Rules for DUI Offenders

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A new Virginia law will relax the ignition interlock system requirements for first-time DUI offenders. Certain provisions of the new law took effect on July 1, 2020. Other provisions will not take effect until July 1, 2021. Officially referred to as Senate Bill 439, this new measure changed the conditions for a restricted driving… Read More »

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