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A Virginia Business Owner’s Guide to Drafting an Employee Manual

by on December 13, 2016
A Virginia Business Owner’s Guide to Drafting an Employee Manual

Two questions frequently asked by our Virginia business clients concern the importance of an employee manual and who should draft it. There is no doubt that if you have more than a few employees, a well-written employee manual can effectively communicate your workplace policies and help you reduce the risk of a lawsuit. While employment […]

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A Right-to-Work State: Virginians Decide With Their Vote

by on December 13, 2016
A Right-to-Work State: Virginians Decide With Their Vote

Virginia has been a right-to-work state since 1947, meaning that it is illegal, pursuant to statute, for an employer to require an employee to be a member of, or pay dues to, a labor union. On Election Day, Virginians cast their ballots to determine if this law should become a part of the Virginia Constitution. […]

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Good Deeds

by on December 13, 2016
Good Deeds

A native Texan, Erin joined the firm in 2013. As a mother of two with a busy transactional practice, her free time is a precious commodity. Still, she makes time to get involved with industry organizations that promote the advancement of women and improve the lives of children. It’s not easy balancing a family and […]

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Employee Spotlight

by on December 13, 2016
Employee Spotlight

In high school, Wendy performed in show choirs and musical theatre, and received high marks in her civics and government classes. She decided to major in government at the University of Virginia and there, during a commercial law course, her career came into focus. Later, in a trial advocacy class in law school, Wendy realized […]

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U.S. Federal Court Issues Injunction to Deny Proposed Revisions to FLSA’s “Salary Basis Test”

by on December 6, 2016
U.S. Federal Court Issues Injunction to Deny Proposed Revisions to FLSA’s “Salary Basis Test”

In June of this year, Land Sense published an article about the change the U.S. Department of Labor announced in May for determining overtime eligibility. That rule change, which was set to go into effect on December 1, 2016, raised the minimum salary test for determining overtime eligibility to $47,892 annually. In other words, the […]

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JDRF Presents Art Walsh With Its 2016 Rapaport Lifetime Service Award

by on November 15, 2016
JDRF Presents Art Walsh With Its 2016 Rapaport Lifetime Service Award

Good Deeds For the past 19 years, Art Walsh has hosted an annual golf outing to raise money for JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. After each outing, Art has stood in front of his many clients, colleagues, friends, and family and thanked them for their participation and generous contributions. […]

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Prince William County Approves Life Time Fitness at Virginia Gateway

by on November 15, 2016
Prince William County Approves Life Time Fitness at Virginia Gateway

On October 4, the Prince William County Board of County Supervisors unanimously voted to approve a Comprehensive Plan Amendment and Rezoning for Life Time Fitness, an approximately 125,000-square-foot resort-like fitness facility, with recreation and spa amenities, proposed near Virginia Gateway. Life Time Fitness worked with land use attorney Pete Dolan and land use planner Jessica […]

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Litigators Andy Burcher and Matt Westover Win Zoning Challenge

by on November 15, 2016
Litigators Andy Burcher and Matt Westover Win Zoning Challenge

Representing Janow, LLC, the owners of La Bergerie, a fine dining French restaurant in historic Old Town Alexandria, the litigators successfully defended a suit brought by neighbors challenging the City Council’s approval of the restaurant’s proposed relocation. In July 2014, Janow and its principals, Margaret and Laurent Janowsky, proposed relocating La Bergerie from its current […]

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Loudoun Initiates Comprehensive Plan Review

by on November 15, 2016
Loudoun Initiates Comprehensive Plan Review

A jurisdiction’s comprehensive plan is designed to provide public policy recommendations on issues related to growth, transportation, preservation, the environment, utilities, recreation, and more. While most comprehensive plans are drafted to be general in nature, their recommendations often form the basis to approve or deny legislative land use applications such as rezonings, special exceptions, and […]

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Employee Spotlight

by on November 15, 2016
Employee Spotlight

Leesburg, Virginia, is a very long drive from Naples, Italy, where Michelle Stapleton was born. Michelle is no stranger to long drives, and short putts, and bogies and birdies. She and her husband, Steve, are avid golfers, which is a good thing. Since 1988, Michelle has been Art Walsh’s assistant and the driving force behind […]

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