When your employer decides that it’s time to cut ties with you, whether through termination or forced retirement, you may be in a position to negotiate a severance package. But you don’t want to be taken by surprise.
Federal wage and hour regulations play a major role in how workers are compensated and impact their standard of living. Over the last 100 days, the U.S. Department of Labor pulled back wage and hour guidance and rulemaking that was made under the Fair Labor Standards Act over the last four years. These decisions may improve workers’ ability to engage in employment rights litigation and receive fairer wages.
When an employer is out of line and in violation of the law, it’s possible that their employees could suffer as a result. If you work as a government employee, understand that there are benefits that you may be entitled to, and your employer should not be trying to keep them from you.
It is important to know that LGBTQ workers have protections against discrimination in the workplace. LGBTQ workers should be familiar with these protections and how they can help ensure the protections in place are followed and that they are protected in their workplaces.
On April 11, 2020, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed into law the Virginia Values At that, effective July 1, 2020, makes substantial changes to the state’s employment discrimination laws. While several Virginia statutes address different forms of workplace discrimination, similar to federal law, the Virginia Values Act closes key gaps in Virginia law and in some places even surpasses federal protections. Below is a brief summary of the statute’s changes to the law:
2020 Virginia Employment Law Developments Virginia Wage Payment Act Amendments– Covenants Not to Compete
On April 12, 2020, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed into law new prohibitions restricting the use of covenants not to compete (“non-competes”) for low-wage workers. A non-compete is used by employers to restrict when and where former employees or independent contractors can perform work after ending their relationship with the employer.
On April 12, 2020, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed into law several important amendments to the Virginia Wage Payment Act that, effective July 1, 2020, strengthens employee protections against wage theft by their employers. While the Virginia Wage Payment Act had, in name, prohibited an employer from failing to pay their employees, the statute had very limited ways for employees to enforce their rights to ensure that they received their owed wages. The statutes new amendments have changed that in some important ways:
On April 12, 2020, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed into law several new laws, effective July 1, 2020, aimed at combatting employer misclassification of people who work for them as independent contractors instead of employees. Under the new laws, it is presumed that an individual is an employee unless it is shown otherwise.
On April 12, 2020, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed into law a new sweeping provision that prohibits retaliation against employees who complain about any violations of the law and participate in inquires performed by government bodies. Specifically, employers may not retaliate against an employee because he or she:
Disability discrimination is a very real problem in workplaces across the United States. Wrongful impressions and discriminatory intents can deprive qualified disabled workers from employment positions and benefits because of the actions of others. These actions violate the law and hurt individuals who are capable of working with reasonable accommodations.