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Image by: Paul Lara / InsideNoVa Published by Ask General Counsel on InsideNova, 7/28/2021 Recent changes in employment law and changes to the economy and workplace in general due to the coronavirus pandemic may require some employers to update their employment agreements and restricted covenant agreements. For general guidelines on enforceability of restrictive covenant agreements,
In a recent case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that creating a new job-share position for an employee with a disability doesn’t constitute a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). There, the court decided that if the job-share at issue didn’t exist at the time the accommodation
Employer’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy upheld
Image by: Paul Lara / InsideNoVa Published by Ask General Counsel on InsideNova, 7/13/2021 In an April edition of Ask General Counsel, we asked:  Can Employers Require Employees to Receive COVID-19 Vaccinations? Our answer was “Yes, with some exceptions and if the mandatory vaccine policy is job-related and consistent with business necessity.” This opinion was supported
Employers can mandate Covid-19 Vaccination for Employees
In a recent case, a Texas federal District Court upheld an employer’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. There, employees of a Texas hospital sued the hospital, claiming the policy violated Texas public policy and federal law, and that termination of employees who refused to get the vaccine would constitute wrongful termination. The court dismissed the employees’ case,
Published by Ask General Counsel on InsideNova, 6/22/2021 In this edition of Ask General Counsel, Johnny Depp helps provide guidance on Virginia defamation law. Johnny Depp filed a lawsuit in Virginia against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, claiming defamation based on four statements made in Heard’s op-ed in the Washington Post in December 2018. Depp claimed
Is your security affected by your divorce?
Published by Ask General Counsel on InsideNova, 6/10/2021 Divorces are often difficult and can be even more complex when one or both spouses have careers requiring security clearance. Naturally, people may worry about finances, children and where to live when thinking about divorce. However, people may not realize that their security clearance could also be
Published by Ask General Counsel on InsideNova, 5/26/2021 In this edition of Ask General Counsel, we are discussing an issue that far too often impacts business owners – the potential devastating impact of divorce and, most importantly, preventative measures that all businesses should implement to protect their business. The best way to ensure smooth corporate
How to Protect Your Business in a Divorce
Often, a business owner’s most valuable asset is their business. Further, a divorce can cause disruption and, in some circumstances, result in the destruction of a business. Business owners need to protect their business from the negative impacts of a divorce. In this webinar, General Counsel, P.C. business attorney Evan St. John will discuss preventative
Government Contract Issues Impacting EPL and Other Insurance Coverage
Sahouri Insurance and General Counsel, P.C. are partnered up to deliver this educational initiative on behalf of our clients.  We invite you to catch up with our insurance and legal experts for this third episode of a three-part series that will guide your business through the compliance hurdles that government contractors face. Part III: Issues
Post Covid-19 Company Meeting
The best way to ensure smooth corporate operations is to anticipate risk and events at the outset of an enterprise. Unfortunately, the same positive energy that can help launch a great business can also interfere with people’s willingness to discuss negative future events, even if it is in the best interests of the business to
Negotiating Business Ownership in Divorce
Photo by Tima Miroshnichenko from Pexels Couples typically do not enter into marriage thinking about divorce, but, unfortunately, not planning for the possibility can oftentimes have serious consequences. Divorces can be difficult, and even more complex when business assets are at stake. For many business owners, the business itself is the individual’s most valuable asset. Business owners
GovCon Prime & Sub Relationships: Shifting Cost & Liability
Sahouri Insurance and General Counsel, P.C. are partnering up to deliver this educational initiative on behalf of our clients.  We invite you to catch up with our insurance and legal experts for this second episode of a three-part series that will guide your business through the compliance hurdles that government contractors face. Part II: Prime
Published by Ask General Counsel on InsideNova, 5/12/2021 The distinction between a 1099 independent contractor and a W-2 employee is important, as this classification affects federal income tax, Social Security and Medicare taxes, as well as impacts eligibility for Medicare benefits. It is important that business owners correctly determine whether individuals are employees or self-employed. If a
In Bryant-Shannon v. Hampton Roads Community Actions Program, Inc., the Virginia Supreme Court provided additional guidance on the requisite “sting” needed for a statement to be defamatory. The case lays out when a statement is “actionable” and provides examples of statements made in the workplace the court previously determined were not defamatory, because they didn’t
GovCon Corporate & Contract Compliance Part 1 of Series
Sahouri Insurance and General Counsel, P.C. are partnering up to deliver this educational initiative on behalf of our clients.  We invite you to catch up with our insurance and legal experts for the first episode of a three-part series that will guide your business through the compliance hurdles that government contractors face. Part I: Corporate
Changes to laws regarding non-compete agreements
Published by Ask General Counsel on InsideNova, 4/28/2021 A well-drafted non-compete agreement can be enforceable. The problem is that many non-compete agreements are not “well drafted” and, as such, are not enforceable. On a weekly basis, we receive calls from employers and employees asking about the enforceability of non-competition agreements. Our answer, generally, is YES,
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