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Gentry Locke Welcomes Partner Erin Harrigan

RICHMOND, Va. (April 23, 2020) – The Virginia law firm of Gentry Locke is pleased to announce that Erin Harrigan has joined as a partner in the Criminal & Government Investigations practice. Harrigan served as Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District of Virginia, based in Charlottesville, where she was the Lead Prosecuting Attorney for the Organized Crime & Drug Enforcement Task Force (“OCDETF”) and was nationally recognized for her work with the OCDETF National Director’s Award. As a federal prosecutor, Harrigan also prosecuted and investigated public corruption, regulatory offenses, human trafficking and fraud cases of local origin and […]

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Gentry Locke Welcomes Andrew Gay Back to its Lynchburg Office

LYNCHBURG, Va. (April 23, 2020) – The Virginia law firm of Gentry Locke is pleased to announce that Andrew O. Gay has rejoined the firm in its Lynchburg, Virginia office. Gay will work in the firm’s commercial litigation practice group, where he will focus on assisting clients with complex construction contracts and construction litigation. “Andrew grew up working in the construction industry, so he understands firsthand the processes and challenges that contractors and developers face. He’ll be a terrific asset to our construction, road-building, and I-81 practice,” said Managing Partner, Monica T. Monday. Gay has significant experience in construction claim […]

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DOJ and Commonwealth of Virginia to Investigate Potential Hoarding of Coronavirus Medications and Other Essential Medical Supplies

Unfortunately, the current pandemic state has given rise to various forms of hoarding of certain medications and other essential medical supplies. As reports about potential stockpiling of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine by physicians began to surface, the Department of Justice announced that it would be investigating instances of this type of activity. In late March, US Attorneys in Ohio issued a public statement indicating their commitment to address situations where physicians who are prescribing anti-viral medications such as hydroxychloroquine to healthy friends or associates because there is some anecdotal evidence the drugs could treat the novel coronavirus. All US Attorneys’ Offices […]

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When it comes to COVID-19 criminal implications, prosecutors are casting a wide net

Federal and state prosecutors are casting a wide net for potentially fraudulent and illegal activity associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, which could catch businesses and industries, who are not accustomed to such scrutiny, off guard. According to recent public pronouncements from federal and state officials, investigations into fraud, bribery, kickbacks, price-gouging, and supply-chain practices all will receive heightened attention in the coming weeks and months. The nature and scale of the coronavirus outbreak means many industries not typically in the glare of federal prosecutors or state Attorneys General could be subject to criminal investigations. What many businesses may consider to […]

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The EEOC Provides Further Guidance on Employer Duties

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has released technical guidance in addition to what was most recently released on April 9. Today, the EEOC added 10 questions and answers, several of which involve guidance on employees returning to work. We anticipate the EEOC will continue to periodically update this guidance. The full technical guidance can be found here. Several points of significance: D.5 & 6 Employers may ask for medical documentation. If an employee requests an accommodation for a medical condition, the employer may still ask questions of the employee or request medical documentation to determine whether the employee has a […]

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Considerations for Employers: Conflicting Advice from State and Federal Leaders

One month after issuing “15 Days to Slow the Spread,” the first national coronavirus guidelines, President Donald J. Trump and the Federal coronavirus task force on Thursday issued “Guidelines for Opening America Again.” The Federal guidance is intended as direction to state Governors who must now make decisions on if and win to lift various lockdown and stay-at-home orders that have closed schools, shuttered businesses, and left many wondering what’s next? In Virginia, Governor Ralph Northam recently extended his Executive Order closing entertainment businesses and severely limiting other non-essential retail establishments until May 8, 2020.  His “stay-at-home” order is in […]

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Virginia Set to Expand Electronic Meeting Authority to All Governmental Bodies

Like businesses and families, government and elected leaders are also facing new challenges stemming from the coronavirus outbreak, including the all-important question: can meetings be held at all and if so, how should public meetings of governmental bodies be held? Fortunately, state law provides some guidance to local governments and other boards, commissions, and state agencies that need to meet. However, the law does include some limitations and restrictions that have necessitated pending legislative action that would significantly expand electronic meeting authority for all state and local governmental bodies. Under an amendment to the state budget proposed by Governor Ralph […]

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EEOC Weighs in on Employer Duties

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), like other federal agencies, is releasing new guidance on a periodic basis to address issues arising during this pandemic. On April 9, the EEOC updated previously issued technical guidance adding twelve (12) new questions and the answers. The full technical guidance, including this recent update, which is in the form of Questions and Answers addresses issues that arise under the Americans with Disability Act (“ADA”) and the Rehabilitation Act of can be found here. Several points maybe of significance: A.2 Symptom Questions Permitted. Despite ADA limitation on medical inquires, employers are permitted to ask […]

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Expect Changes in VOSH Investigations and Inspections as a Result of Coronavirus

VOSH has received more than 200 complaints related to coronavirus, specifically complaints of employers providing insufficient precautions or protections for workers. VOSH investigators are responding to these complaints by contacting employers and requesting a written response setting forth the steps taken to protect workers. Employers who fail or refuse to respond to a VOSH request can expect an onsite inspection. Remember, VOSH is also an employer, so it is taking reasonable steps to keep its investigators safe and healthy. Federal OSHA has a team investigating these complaints nationally. VOSH is  currently investigating complaints remotely. We expect that VOSH investigators will […]

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Concerns About Potential OSHA Citations for COVID-19 Illness

Employers across Virginia are concerned about protecting their employees from exposure to coronavirus infection and COVID-19 illness. Many are also asking what they can do to minimize their risk of facing a VOSH citation for failing to protect their employees from such exposure. Although there is no specific standard that OSHA has adopted concerning coronavirus exposure, failing to take reasonable steps to protect employees could be the basis of a “General Duty Clause” violation. At a minimum, employers should develop and implement infectious disease preparedness response plan that considers risks of exposure, and incorporates recommendations from sate local federal health […]

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Employer’s Guide to Responding to an Employee Positive COVID-19 Test

Social distancing has slowed the spread of the pandemic into many parts of Virginia, but the importance of maintaining both a safe workplace and positive employee morale remains a challenge.  In anticipation of the day when an employee reports that he or she has tested positive for COVID-19, employers need to have a plan. Here are some suggested practical measures to be considered as part of your plan: 1. Continual Learning: Everyone is overwhelmed with the volume of information about different aspects of the pandemic, and sadly much of it is anecdotal or rumor and is unreliable.  It is important […]

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OSHA Confirms COVID-19 is a Recordable Illness Under OSHA’s Record Keeping Requirements

On April 10, 2020, OSHA issued a memorandum offering interim guidance to its safety and health officers for enforcing the requirements for the recording of occupational illness related to coronavirus. In this memorandum, OSHA confirmed that COVID-19 is a recordable illness under OSHA’s record keeping requirements. If an employee tests positive for coronavirus, it is a recordable illness if it is “work related” and it involves one or more of the general recording criteria (medical care beyond first aid, days away from work, etc.). Employers in healthcare industry, emergency response (emergency medical, firefighting, law enforcement) and correctional institutions must make […]

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20 Gentry Locke Lawyers Named as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

ROANOKE, Va. (April 13, 2020) – The Virginia law firm of Gentry Locke is pleased to announce that 20 of the firm’s attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2020 Virginia Super Lawyers® lists. Attorneys were nominated by their peers and recognized for their outstanding professional achievement in several legal practice areas including appellate law, business/corporate law, business litigation, construction litigation, criminal defense, employment law and litigation, health care, intellectual property, land use and zoning, personal injury, and professional liability. Seven of the 20 were elected Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Stars—attorneys who are 40 years old or younger, or in […]

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The Treasury Department Clarifies Confusion Concerning PPP Eligibility for Small Businesses

Small businesses are jumping at the opportunity to obtain loans under the Federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The CARES Act provides $349 Billion for PPP loans, and the Trump administration had requested an additional $250 Billion in funding to the support the program. As of April 7, lenders had already lent $70 Billion of the funds committed to the program. However, there was some initial confusion concerning which businesses qualify for PPP loans. Under the SBA’s initial guidance, there was confusion as to whether small businesses needed to have less than 500 employees and meet any applicable revenue caps to […]

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AGC Safety Stand Down Provides Contractors an Opportunity to Address Coronavirus Health and Safety Practices

On April 9, 2020, more than 500 contractors and 31,000 employees participated in a Safety Stand Down supported by the AGC of America. The purpose of the Safety Stand Down was to provide these employers the opportunity to focus upon the coronavirus related health and safety measures in work places and on jobsites. As Brain Turmail, a spokesman for the AGC of America put it “You need to appreciate that your ability to continue operating construction projects is dependent upon ensuring that you are protecting your workers and, through that, protecting the public from the spread of the coronavirus. There’s […]

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Revised CDC Guidance for Critical Industry Workers

On April 8, 2020, Director Robert Redfield announced at a White House press briefing that the CDC was modifying it previous Guidance in order to allow workers in Critical Infrastructure businesses who had been exposed to the coronavirus to return to work if they did not have symptoms of the illness.  Prior guidance had been that any worker exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 should self-quarantine for fourteen (14) days. The new Guidance can be found here, and the CDC has also issued a pdf summarizing this new approach for some workers. Director Redfield made clear this change […]

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Paycheck Protection Program – Additional Guidance and $250 Billion in Additional Funds Requested

On April 6th and April 7th, the Department of Treasury and Small Business Administration issued additional guidance for the Paycheck Protection Program in the form of “Frequently Asked Questions.” Importantly, these FAQs provide additional clarity on some key terms, and in some respects depart from prior guidance issued by the Department of Treasury and SBA, returning more closely to the original text of the Paycheck Protection Program outlined in the CARES Act. Among the FAQs: The exclusion for employee compensation in excess of $100,000 applies only to cash compensation The exclusion in compensation in excess of $100,000 (annualized) applies only […]

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Insurance Coverage, Liability and Exclusion During COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis has affected virtually every aspect of business throughout the world, and the insurance industry is no exception. Quarantines, government ordered shutdowns and restrictions, sick employees and sick customers are just a few of the occurrences that will lead business owners, sooner or later, to ask “Do I have coverage for that?” As is true virtually every other time that question is asked, the answer is, “It depends.” There are two primary factors that control the answer: (1) the specific facts of your particular situation and (2) the specific language of your policy. This renders the making of […]

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CARES Act: Paycheck Protection Program Update

Initial Guidance and Form Application published by Department of Treasury and the Small Business Administration Late on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, the Department of Treasury and the Small Business Administration issued initial guidance related to the Paycheck Protection Program. Included in this guidance is the form application for borrowers to use when applying for a covered loan under the Paycheck Protection Program. When can borrowers begin to apply for Paycheck Protection Program covered loans? The guidance from the Department of Treasury states that lenders participating in the Paycheck Protection Program will begin processing loan applications as soon as this Friday, […]

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COVID-19 and Mechanic’s Liens

While Virginians are living under Governor Northam’s executive orders, staying home and limiting unnecessary contact with others, Virginia construction projects are proceeding. With the progress on these projects, deadlines for perfecting and enforcing mechanic’s liens remain. The question then arises whether the recent orders by the Supreme Court of Virginia affect the deadlines for perfecting and/or enforcing mechanic’s liens. Having reviewed these orders, we recommend that contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers proceed to record and enforce their mechanic’s liens as normal. Better to be safe than to risk losing the benefit of a lien. As a bit of background, on […]

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CARES Act

Paycheck Protection Program: The following summary of Sections 1102 and 1106 of the CARES Act related to the Paycheck Protection Program should be read in connection with the following: 4/7/2020 Update: Paycheck Protection Program – Additional Guidance and $250 Billion in Additional Funds Requested 4/3/2020 Update: Interim Final Rule Paycheck Protection Program 4/1/2020 Update: Paycheck Protection Program Update Small Business Paycheck Protection Program and Loan Forgiveness Within the nearly 900 pages that outline the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” (the “CARES Act”) is the “Keeping American Workers Paid and Employed Act,” which contains the Paycheck Protection Program and […]

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Interim Final Rule – Paycheck Protection Program

Late in the day on April 2, 2020, the Department of Treasury published the Interim Final Rule for the Paycheck Protection Program on its website as well as an updated application. The Department of Treasury has previously stated that covered loan applications under the Paycheck Protection Program would begin to be processed by participating lenders as early as today, Friday, April 3, 2020. Many lenders have expressed concern over potential liability exposure for lenders participating in the Paycheck Protection Program as well as with the lack of specificity and guidance included in the text of either the CARES Act or […]

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DOL WHD Releases Updated Guidance About Families First Coronavirus Response Act (See FAQ 15-37)

Written by Todd A. Leeson and Kelsey M. Martin, Gentry Locke Attorneys March 27, 2020 Last night, the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) released its second round of FAQs [#15–37] addressing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The FAQs can be found here. A few important takeaways: Employers are advised to require employees to submit documentation to verify their need for emergency paid sick leave or extended FMLA leave [FAQ #16]. Leave can only be used intermittently for child care reasons and when the employer consents to such intermittent leave [FAQs #20–22]. Employees who are furloughed or […]

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Paycheck Protection Program

The following summary of the Department of Treasury’s initial guidance related to the  Paycheck Protection Program should be read in connection with the following: 4/13/2020 Update: The Treasury Department Clarifies Confusion Concerning PPP Eligibility for Small Businesses 4/3/2020 Update: Interim Final Rule Paycheck Protection Program 4/1/2020 Update: Paycheck Protection Program Update 3/27/2020: Paycheck Protection Program   Initial Guidance and Form Application published by Department of Treasury and the Small Business Administration Late on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, the Department of Treasury and the Small Business Administration issued initial guidance related to the Paycheck Protection Program. Included in this guidance is […]

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Employer Alert: Pursuant to Families First Coronavirus Response Act, DOL issues Notice that Covered Employers are Required to Post

Written by Todd A. Leeson and Kelsey Martin, Gentry Locke Attorneys March 25, 2020   Today (March 25, 2020) the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) released the Notice outlining employee rights under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act that covered employers are required to post.  WHD also published a helpful “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) document regarding the required posting.  The Notice and FAQ can be found here (scroll down to Posters section). https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic The Notice must be posted on or before April 1, 2020, in a conspicuous place on the employer’s premises.  With many employees teleworking during […]

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Owner/Constructor Agreements and Justifiable Construction Delays

We recently wrote about COVID-19 related delays, and providing notice of such delays, here. When reviewing the delay clauses in your contracts, you need to pay attention for the delaying events that are excusable, as well as those that are compensable. The Executive Director and Senior Counsel for ConsensusDocs (Brian Perlberg, Esq.) recently pointed out that Section 6.3.1(j) of the “ConsensusDocs 200 Owner/Constructor Agreement with General Conditions” specifically allows for delays that are “reasonably due to epidemics.” See: https://www.consensusdocs.org/consensusdocs-addresses-coronavirus-delay-risk-explicitly-other-standard-documents-do-not/?utm_source=informz&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=informz_email&_zs=ICd0d1&_zl=n51d6 Mr. Perlberg also pointed out that although the AIA documents, and other standard construction contract forms, do not expressly mention epidemics […]

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Contracts and Subcontracts: Requirements of Providing Notice of Delays

With multiple states adopting lockdown orders to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, construction projects are being impacted. Although many states, including Virginia, have considered the construction industry, construction material suppliers/retailers to be essential businesses that are not affected by lockdown or shelter in place orders, construction projects are being impacted, and COVID-19 lockdown related delays are all but inevitable. Recent reports suggest that the supply chains for construction materials have been impacted by COVID-19 lockdowns in multiple countries. See: https://archpaper.com/2020/03/coronavirus-construction-supply-chain/. Corona virus related lockdowns are resulting in closed factories, shipping delays, and unavailability of workers in both the factory and in […]

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Virginia emphasizes social distancing rules with new “Stay-at-Home” order

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam added the Commonwealth to the growing ranks of states with so-called “stay-at-home” orders, issuing Executive Order 55 in the latest effort to battle the spread of the coronavirus. Executive Order 55 is the furthest use of the governor’s executive power, but relative to his previous actions is only an incremental step that moves from encouraging people to stay home to ordering such action. The governor strongly encouraged Virginians to stay home as he announced the latest action, but in reality there is little difference from his previous actions. You should stay home unless your activity is […]

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Roanoke Times Article Shows that Outdoor Construction Projects in the Region are Continuing

In the challenging times of COVID-19 related lockdowns and stay at home orders, the occasional good news story is a welcome departure from the daily gloom bombarding your email inbox and the newspaper pages. The Roanoke Times ran an article concerning the status of outdoor construction projects in the region. The article quotes Gordon Dixon, CEO of the AGCVA, and a friend of ours, who reports that as of this week, the AGCVA has not received reports of significant shutdowns. Mr. Dixon also noted that the situation is changing daily, and that contractors remain concerned about the potential unavailability of […]

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DOL Wage-Hour Division Publishes First Guidance Regarding Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

Written by Todd A. Leeson and Kelsey Martin, Gentry Locke Attorneys March 25, 2020 On March 24, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor Wage-Hour Division (WHD) published its “first round” of guidance regarding the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA” or the “Act”). The Act was signed into law on March 18, 2020. As you likely know by now, the Act basically provides that private sector employers with 499 or fewer employees must give eligible employees up to 80 hours of emergency paid sick leave (EPSL), and up to 12 weeks of emergency paid FMLA leave (EFLMA) for defined […]

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The Governor’s New Executive Order: What’s Closing and What’s Not

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has continued to provide near daily updates on Virginia’s response to the coronavirus, with the latest action coming in a sweeping Executive Order on March 23 strictly curtailing retail activity. Executive Order #53, in addition to closing all K-12 public schools for the remainder of the year, bans all gatherings of more than 10 people, strictly limits restaurants and bars to carry-out or delivery only, closes a number of “non-essential” businesses, and places further restrictions on other retail establishments. The order is effective for the next 30 days, until April 23, 2020. But perhaps more importantly […]

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Financial Institutions and Business Lending: Creditors’ Rights

In the short time since the World Health Organization’s naming of the COVID-19 virus and its declaration of the spread of the virus as a pandemic, the social and economic systems that Americans have come to know have experienced seismic changes. For the foreseeable future, those swift changes are and will continue to affect how financial institutions and other business entities that extend credit to their customers conduct their business. It is important that those changes are met with equally swift recognition by each financial institution and business entity of how the changes are affecting their business and with the […]

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It’s a Trap!: Virginians should either file their federal tax returns prior to May 1 or request an extension

The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service recently announced that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. All the major news outlets are reporting about this COVID-19 emergency extension. However, Virginians should not be lulled into complacency.  Although Virginia has granted a one-month extension for payment of individual and corporate state income taxes, these tax returns are still due May 1. Because the calculation of Virginia income tax is based largely on the computations of federal tax items, it would be impractical to file Virginia tax returns by the […]

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New Procedures for Virginia Unemployment Benefits in Wake of COVID-19

The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) recently issued new guidance regarding the availability of unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic. As businesses continue to face the possibility of limiting hours and staff, employers may be able to structure furloughs and reduced hours to maximize unemployment benefits to employees. Employees can file for unemployment compensation benefits due to reduction in hours or loss of employment. For claims related to a reduction of hours, the claimant’s gross earnings for the week must be less than the weekly VEC benefit amount. The maximum weekly VEC benefit is $378. Depending on an employee’s earnings, the […]

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Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program and Application Process

U.S. SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Summary for Small Businesses and Nonprofits The public health emergency resulting from the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic is causing unprecedented challenges to small businesses in many industries. To assist small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. SBA is offering small businesses operating in certain designated states, including Virginia, low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital, under the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act recently passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by the President. In response to a request from Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, […]

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Workplace Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations

Among the issues employers need to be considering is what steps need to be taken in advance of learning that an infected employee has been in the workplace, and also what its protocols will be if an infected employee has been in the workplace for a period of time prior to discovery. The most current guidance on how to clean and disinfect the workplace issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was issued April 1, 2020.  All employers are strongly encouraged to check this website periodically to make sure that you are following the most current guidance. […]

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Virginia Department of Health Sets New Ground Rules for Employees Returning to Work Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

On March 18, 2020, the Virginia Department of Health (“VDH”) updated its guidance for the suggested time period and circumstances for individuals to discontinue isolation after having confirmed or suspected COVID-19.  Unlike the flu where the VDH suggested that individuals could discontinue isolation and return to work after a 24-hour period without a fever, the VDH recommends a longer fever-free period of time as well as additional symptom-free conditions. The VDH provides the following guidance: If you are sick and have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 and have been directed to isolate at home, you can stop home isolation under the […]

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What you need to know about the state government’s response to COVID-19

As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to grow in Virginia, state leaders are taking several steps to slow the spread of the virus and protect the population at large. Here is what businesses and individuals need to know about the state government’s response to the emerging and evolving threat that is COVID-19. State Emergency Authority While the federal government’s police powers are prohibited by the construction of the Constitution, which grants the federal government enumerated powers, the police powers of the states are more implied. Like most states, Virginia’s constitution and statutes grant the governor broad discretionary authority […]

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Cybersecurity: Do not let your guard down during COVID-19

Many people who are accustomed to a traditional office environment are finding themselves transitioning to work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Hackers and scammers are taking full advantage of this and are targeting their phishing attacks to exploit current events.  An email from your supervisor or executive two weeks ago asking: “Are you in the office? Can you do me a quick favor?” may have been easily dismissed and deleted, especially if the alleged sender works two doors down and you just saw him or her walk by with a cup of coffee. Now imagine you are working from […]

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Force Majeure – COVID-19: Foreseeable or Unforeseeable?

Last updated: March 18, 2020 Just a little over a month ago, on February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a name for the new coronavirus illness: COVID-19.  A month later, on March 11, 2020, the WHO characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic. In the week since the WHO’s announcement that COVID-19 is a pandemic, we have seen restrictions on travel, limitations on gatherings, as well as schools, businesses, and non-essential governmental operations shut down physical offices, moving toward remote work when and where possible.  At the local, state, and federal levels, we are seeing an unprecedented response from […]

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OSHA/COVID-19  Update

By Kirk Sosebee, Brett Marston, and Spencer Wiegard In this difficult time for employers, OSHA has placed another new requirement on their plate. Not only are employers encouraged to take extra steps and precautions to help protect their employees’ health and safety, new guidance from OSHA requires employers to record, and in some cases report, instances of coronavirus that are contracted by their employees on the jobsite. Employers have a general duty to record and report certain work-related injuries and illnesses to OSHA. Unlike the common cold or flu, which are excluded from OSHA’s recording and reporting requirements, OSHA is […]

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Public meetings and hearings for local governments and other “public bodies” in Virginia

On 3/26/20, The Virginia Association of Counties has put the public meeting guidance on one page:  https://www.vaco.org/local-government-operations-guidance-from-the-local-government-attorneys-of-virginia/ On 3/21/20, Attorney General Mark Herring issued an opinion here about public meetings during the emergency. In summary, localities are not authorized to hold public meetings to conduct regular public business solely by electronic means (meaning without a physically-assembled quorum of the local governing body, and a physical location open to the public).  Therefore, localities are advised to “defer any and all decisions that can be deferred until it is once again possible to meet in person.” (3/20/20 AG Op. pg. 4) There […]

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Don’t Leave HR to Luck: 2020 Employment Law Symposium (Postponed)

Important Symposium Update as of March 12, 2020 TO:  Registrants for the Gentry Locke Labor & Employment Symposium RE:  Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) After careful evaluation, we have decided to postpone our Labor & Employment Symposium that was scheduled on March 17 in Lynchburg and March 19 in Roanoke. Protecting our attendees, speakers, and staff is our top priority. We will evaluate the landscape and will inform you of our future plans as soon as possible. We will assess any requests for refunds after we decide our future plans (that may also include webinars). Thank you for your patience and […]

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Developing an Effective Business Response to COVID-19

With emerging concerns surrounding the COVID-19 (or “coronavirus”), companies face a growing number of issues, despite the fact that there are still no reported cases of the coronavirus in Virginia. This is a fluid situation, and Gentry Locke is keeping abreast of the ever-changing developments with the coronavirus. We have put together a team to follow the latest updates so we may advise our clients regarding the best practices to handle employee-related issues involving leaves of absence, the ADA, company travel, OSHA requirements, and other business-related matters that may relate to the coronavirus. We also encourage you to visit the […]

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Gentry Locke Names Edwards Annual “Pro Bono Promise Award” Recipient

ROANOKE, Va. (February 18, 2020) – The Virginia law firm of Gentry Locke is pleased to announce that Partner Evans G. Edwards has been named the recipient of the firm’s 2019 Pro Bono Promise Award. The award recognizes pro bono work that exceeds the 2% yearly aspirational goal set by the Supreme Court of Virginia, either quantitatively or qualitatively. In 2019, Evans dedicated almost 100 hours to pro bono efforts. “As a firm, we recognize the importance of making legal representation available to everyone. We are proud of the commitment of Evans and others within the firm to make sure this […]

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Partner Chip (John G.) Dicks Inducted into Virginia Law Foundation Fellows Class of 2020

RICHMOND, Va. (January 23, 2020) – The Virginia law firm of Gentry Locke is pleased to announce that Richmond Partner Chip (John G.) Dicks has been inducted into the Virginia Law Foundation Fellows Class of 2020. Inductees were formally honored at the Virginia Law Foundation’s annual dinner on January 23. The Virginia Law Foundation is the charitable arm of the Virginia Bar Association. Fellows are recognized as leaders in the profession, both in their practices and their communities. They comprise a group of nearly 500 of the best and brightest legal practitioners who are committed to the highest ideals of the law […]

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