I love buzz words and misunderstood phrases. They keep attorneys like me, in business.
For example: “Right to Work State.”
You know what that means, don’t you?
RIGHT TO WORK STATE MEANS:
a. You can’t be fired without cause.
b. You can’t be forced to sign a non-compete.
c. Both a & b.
d. You can’t be forced to join a union.
Many client inquiries begin with questions:
“Can they fire me for..?”
“Is the contract really binding if…?”
“If I have my wife own the competing business, can I?”
long and short of Virginia Employment law, is this:
1. You can mostly be fired for any reason but for Race, Gender, Age or Religion.
2. Your non-compete agreement will stand on its own – which means it must be reviewed before anyone, attorney, etc. can give you an opinion as to whether it is valid under Virginia law.
3. Rumors about employment law, are rarely true.
4. Most of Virginia employment law is defined by court cases – not hard and fast code sections… so it means it is evolving.
Want to learn facts from fiction? Want your Non-compete or employment contract reviewed today? Call our office.