The Laconic Law Blog offers commentary on Employment Law in Virginia and beyond. The author, Eric A. Welter, is an employment lawyer and litigator with the Welter Law Firm, P.C. in Herndon, Virginia.
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In a rare decision under the Employee Polygraph Protection Act (”EPPA”), the Fourth Circuit decided several unresolved issues of statutory interpretation in a published opinion dated November 24, 2008. The opinion in Worden vs. Sun Trust Banks, Inc., can be found here. More after the...
In Ladd v. Research Triangle Inst., the Fourth Circuit addressed the borrowed servant doctrine under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHCWA). More after the break. In this appeal, Fred Ladd, a civilian water and sewer engineer, was hired by the Research Triangle Institute...
Some labor & employment law tidbits after the break. The National Law Journal has a short piece on last term’s Supreme Court employment decisions. The D.C. Circuit has issued a decision reviewing the NLRB’s Register Guard decision involving employee use of email. Workplace Prof...
In Anthony v. Ward, the Fourth Circuit affirmed a jury award of $510,000 to plaintiff Calvin Anthony, former warden of Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina. The judgment by the federal district court found defendants Robert Ward and Charles Sheppard, officials of the South Carolina...
According to a DHS press release: “Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today strengthened employment eligibility verification by announcing the Administration’s support for a regulation that will award federal contracts only to employers who use E-Verify to...
Effective July 24, 2009, the Federal minimum wage will increase to $7.25 from $6.55. (Hat tip to Fair Labor Standards Act Law Blog. As they point out, the DOL has a chart of state minimum wages here.) Contributed by Eric A. Welter.Effective July 24, 2009, the Federal minimum wage will increase to...
In Gary Muffley v. Spartan Mining Company, et al., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed an order of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia requiring the defendant employer to offer employment to persons it refused to hire because of union affiliation...
Our latest update after the break. Happy Independence Day! TX — Nuclear plant ordered to pay overtime to misclassified employees after bench trial in federal court. FL — Jury awards $3.73 million to three VA Hospital employees in retaliation lawsuit in Tampa. They return to work next...
In 2008, Maryland adopted legislation that required employers (with 15 or more employees) to allow their employees to use accrued, paid leave to care for an ill, immediate family member. The law, however, was unclear in its definitions of immediate family member, employer, employees, and leave...
Here are some tidbits we found interesting: The Unfair Business Practices blog has a post here about an interesting Virginia federal court decision involving the theft of computer data and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (”CFAA”). A post with an update on revisions to the Maryland...