DOL Finalizes Withdrawal of Independent Contractor Rule

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced that, effective May 6, 2021, the previous administration’s proposed independent contractor rule has been withdrawn.  Shulman Rogers previously alerted you that the new administration first froze, and then issued notice of their intent to withdraw the previous administration’s proposed independent contractor rule. These prior Alerts can be… More

Know Your Obligations to Employees Who Serve

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (“USERRA”), which applies to virtually all employees regardless of size, protects the right of an employee returning from military service or training to be reemployed at his or her former job (or as nearly comparable a job as possible) with the same benefits. These reemployment rights extend… More

New Overtime Requirements in Virginia

The Virginia Overtime Wage Act (VOWA) was signed into law on March 20, 2021, and will go into effect on July 1, 2021. Employers need to become familiar with the requirements of VOWA, as there is significant risk of liability for noncompliance. VOWA differs from and expands upon the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Specifically,… More

FAQs and Model Notices for the new COBRA Subsidies

The government issued FAQs and model notices for the new COBRA subsidies—links below, hot off the presses.  If you have more specific questions please reach out. COBRA subsidy FAQs   Model Notice in Connection with Extended Election Period: MS Word | PDF Model Notice in Connection with Extended Election Period: MS Word | PDF Model Alternative Notice: MS Word | PDF Model Notice of Expiration… More

DOL Withdraws Trump Administration Changes to Independent Contractors and Joint Employers

This month, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) proposed the withdrawal of two regulations, one concerning Independent Contractors and the other concerning Joint Employers. These Rules are not going forward, and employers should stay tuned for the Biden Administration’s own proposed regulations. Independent Contractor Classification Rule In September 2020, the previous administration published new worker… More

What Employers Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines and the Workplace

As we enter the season of greater COVID-19 vaccine availability and some aspect of normalcy, many employers may have questions about vaccinations and the workplace. Can an employer ask about vaccination status? When can an employer require its employees receive the vaccination? The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) released frequently asked questions (scroll to Section… More