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Adoption more "final" under new law (access required)

Changes to Virginia’s adoption law promise to make the legal process swifter and more certain when birth parents give their child up for adoption to new parents. The changes were recommended by a legislative subcommittee that studied Virginia’s adoption laws ...

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ERISA doesn't trump state worker's comp (access required)

A company cannot use a qualified ERISA plan to avoid maintaining separate Virginia workers’ compensation protection, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. The court rejected the argument that the federal ERISA statute preempted state workers’ compensation statutes ...

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Comp denied for fall in parking lot (access required)

A legal secretary who slipped and fell in a parking garage while walking to her office cannot receive workers’ compensation, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled. The panel reversed a Workers’ Compensation Commission decision and criticized a 1990 commission ...

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