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Non-Compete Law

Non-Competes No Longer Enforceable for Lower Income Workers

A landmark new law passed by the Virginia legislature will render many non-competition provisions unenforceable. House Bill 330 states that non-competition provisions can no longer be enforced against “low wage” employees. The statute defines “low wage” as less than the average weekly wage of the Commonwealth. This is a significant change and an amount much...[Read More]

Non-Competes in the world of Coronavirus

These are troubling times. Every person and every business in America will be affected. Retailers, restaurants, bars, movie theaters, etc., will be firing, furloughing, and/or laying off hundreds of thousand employees…many of whom have employment contracts which prevent them from working for a competitor. Virginia courts will enforce reasonable non-compete and non-solicitation contracts and they...[Read More]

Virginia – #1 in Business (code for #50 for employees?)

I have heard it my whole life – “Virginia is open for Business!“ As the daughter of a business owner, as a child I was proud of the moniker. As an attorney who now (a) owns a business and (b) primarily represents employees in business disputes, I have a new take on the open for...[Read More]

Why you have no real “right to work” in Virginia

Yet again, a smart professional person hired me, and asked the following question: I know I signed an employment contract that says I can’t serve my clients for three years after termination, but the law says I have a right to work doesn’t it? So how can my employer enforce that agreement – it’s against...[Read More]

Broker Protocol – always changing

All – no surprise here, but a few of the big financial houses have decided they don’t like to share.  I know, shocking right? According to www.thinkadvisor.com  Morgan Stanley and 

This is America…I can always quit and find a better job!

Is this a true statement?  Not in Virginia. Maybe half of the statement is correct.  You can quit you job.  However, you cannot always go find a better job in your same industry or locale.  Why?  Because of that one page document you signed 5 years ago (along with health insurance forms and who to...[Read More]

Ahh, the emails tell the story

Today most major newspapers have headlines regarding the President’s son and his email exchange with a British tabloid journalist, arranging a meeting with a Kremlin connected attorney from Russia.  Yes, it sounds like a soap opera – but I truly don’t care about the content or context of the emails (well, at least not for...[Read More]