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Recent legislative changes on spousal support law

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By Anne L. Roddy There are three important takeaway points for domestic relations lawyers from recent legislation – two bills from the 2018 General Assembly session and one from Congress: If you want spousal support to be non-modifiable, state that affirmatively in your agreements. Effective ...

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The rise of mental health disabilities in the workplace

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More on Employment Law in Virginia By Declan Leonard and Nick Johnson Ten years ago, it was not entire­ly clear whether an employee suffering from a mental health disorder was considered to have a “disability,” as defined under the Americans ...

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What every company can learn from the Fox News sexual harassment fiasco

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More on Employment Law in Virginia By Seth Berenzweig and Drew Smith With a medley of infograph­ics, tickers and colorful personalities that leave the television more crowded than a fish market on Good Friday, Fox News ascended in the past ...

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When does ex-employee’s use of LinkedIn violate a non-solicitation agreement?

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More on Employment Law in Virginia By Katie Lipp and David Moon LinkedIn has quickly emerged as the premier social media outlet for professional network­ing in the United States. However, while the platform presents an exciting opportunity for com­panies to ...

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Why employees may be the biggest risk for a cyber attack

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More on Employment Law in Virginia By Steve Britt and Frank Gulino During tax season earlier this year, a human resources professional at a Virginia government contractor received an email purportedly from the company’s CEO requesting the 2016 tax forms ...

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Prevent employees from walking off with trade secrets

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More on Employment Law in Virginia By Clyde Findley and Ryen Rasmus Intellectual property law is com­plicated. It protects legal rights associated with intangible and never-before-seen items. The IP field is full of jargon and contradic­tions, has few bright-line rules, ...

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When does someone else’s employee become your employee?

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More on Employment Law in Virginia By Terrence O’Connor and Stephanie Wilson Although the Bible tells us that “No man can serve two masters,” judges may disagree. Judges are increasing­ly ruling that, in some instances, a subcontractor’s employee can have ...

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Path to getting court to seal record not always clear

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By Erik Baines Statutes and the common law govern the court’s authority to seal (or sequester) its re­cord. See generally Shenandoah Pub. House, Inc. v. Fanning, 235 Va. 25 (1988). The common law has long-recognized a public right to access ...

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Third-party custody and visitation present challenges

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By Melissa VanZile Third-party custody and visita­tion are among the more chal­lenging custody issues for family law practitioners and courts, as they involve people who may not be a child’s parent but a per­son who has usually played an ac­tive role ...

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