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Non-Compete Law

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]

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]

Lock Up Workers – Legally

The New York Times recently published an editorial on non-compete agreements titled, “Agreements That Lock Up Workers, Legally.”  You can read the editorial here. The editorial lays out why unfair non-compete agreements make our country less competitive and less innovative but the most striking information for me is that 28 million people are now subject...[Read More]

Virginia is good for business (*which means bad for employees!)

This month I read a summary of accolades for my home – the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Best State for Business (6/50) – Forbes Magazine Top State Business Climate (6/50) Top State for Business (13/50) – CNBC What does all this mean? Well practically speaking, what is a good business climate is – cheap workers, low...[Read More]

Non-Competes and Virginia’s Constitution

There is nothing on Virginia’s ballot this November that relates to non-compete agreements. My efforts have not been that successful.  Nor is there a law likely to pass in the Virginia General Assembly this Winter that in any way impacts restrictive covenants in Virginia employment agreements.  Right now, the law in Virginia is basically –...[Read More]

Never look a severance in the mouth

I know, odd title. Years ago I worked in Loudoun County Virginia for a great General Practice Law Firm (Sevila, Saunders, Huddleston & White) and my old boss used to handle traffic, DUI cases. He would tell clients “never look a gift reckless” in the mouth.. obviously referring to the phrase never look a gift...[Read More]