Labor & Employment

A Heads Up for Virginia Employers

Ward & Berry PLLC co-founder Daniel Ward discusses recent changes in Virginia prohibiting covenants not to compete with "low-wage employees," effective July 1, 2020. Virginia's definition of "low wage employee" may surprise you.    
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Don’t Cut Compliance

"Cutting compliance will only make things much worse." Ward & Berry PLLC co-founder Ryan Berry with an important compliance PSA for federal contractors. [video width="1280" height="720" mp4="/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Dont-Cut-Compliance.mp4"][/video]
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GOVERNMENT CONTRACTOR ALERT: NEW VIRGINIA EMPLOYMENT LAW

Attention federal contractors with operations in Virginia! There has been a sea change in Virginia employment law that greatly increases your exposure to lawsuits in Virginia state courts. Read on… Virginia has long been extremely protective of the at-will employment doctrine and (apart from narrow public policy exceptions) barred direct lawsuits by employees alleging...
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PPP: How to Comply With the “Economic Uncertainty” Certification Requirement

IMPORTANT UPDATE TO THIS BLOG POST: On May 5, 2020 the SBA extended the safe harbor deadline by which recipients of PPP loans may payback the loan in its entirety and avoid the economic necessity certification to May 14. As we previously addressed on April 28, the SBA and the Department of the Treasury...
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Loans Above $2 Million Taken Under the PPP Will Be Audited According to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin

As we have written about extensively, the CARES Act enacted in response to the coronavirus crisis established a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to provide forgivable loans to small businesses to sustain their payrolls. However, the loan can only be forgiven if certain conditions are met. In mid-April, the PPP received public scrutiny after several...
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Paycheck Protection Program: New FAQ Addresses Retroactive “Economic Uncertainty” Certification Requirement and May 7, 2020 Safe Harbor

On April 24, 2020, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Health Care Enhancement Act were signed into law. The Act includes an additional $310 billion for the PPP, which ran out of funds in mid-April. The additional funds will allow small business an opportunity to obtain potentially forgivable loans. On April 23, 2020, the...
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