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Employment Law

Virginia Voters Facing a Tough Question on Election Day Regarding ‘Right-to-Work’ Law

When Virginians head to the polls on or before November 8th, they won’t just be faced with a choice between Presidential candidates and the Congressional hopefuls from their District. Among the policy initiatives on the ballot this year are two questions concerning the Virginia Constitution, one of which may have a significant impact on the Commonwealth’s labor and employment laws.

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Employment Law

Fourth Circuit Applies 9-Factor Joint Employer Test; Affirms Dismissal of Discrimination Case

In August 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued its decision in Butler v. Drive Automotive Industries of America, Inc., wherein it expressly adopted the “joint employment doctrine” for cases brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Late last month, the Fourth Circuit issued an unpublished decision in the case of Greene v. Harris Corporation that dealt with the 9-part joint employer test it adopted in Butler.

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Employment Law, Litigation

Businesses Face Obstacles to Legal Efforts to Confront False Internet Reviews

In days gone by, consumers primarily relied on word of mouth, advertising, and reviews from authoritative sources such as print publications in deciding which businesses to frequent. In today’s Internet age, however, consumer decisions have become “crowd-sourced,” as consumers search for businesses online and read customer reviews on websites like Yelp, Trip Advisor, Open Table, or Angie’s List.

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Estate Planning, Science & Technology

Granting a Fiduciary Access to Digital Accounts

As we become more technologically connected, a significant problem that those of us with online accounts will face upon death or disability is that no one can manage or access our online accounts. Facebook, Google, and the Maryland and Virginia lawmakers have taken steps to address these issues.

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