Blog Post
By Daniel Altchek

Local government employees in the Commonwealth of Virginia will soon become eligible to enjoy collective bargaining rights for the first time, come May 1, 2021. On that date, a law passed in 2020 will take effect. The law gives counties, cities and towns (including local school boards) the authority to enact ordinances that allow their police officers, fire fighters and emergency medical service personnel, public works employees, school teachers and other local government employees to form unions and engage in collective bargaining with their municipal employers. The Virginia law maintains the existing prohibition on public employee strikes, and it does not cover state government employees.

Blog Post
By Garrett P. Buttrey and Jason Tremblay

The trickle-down effects of the Supreme Court’s endorsement of employee arbitration agreements in 2018 continue to inform judicial opinions across the country, most recently being used to invalidate a New Jersey prohibition of prospective jury trial waivers in workplace discrimination cases.

Blog Post
By Alexander Reich and Jason Tremblay

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the highly anticipated American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which provides additional measures to stimulate the economy and provide taxpayers with relief from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to direct stimulus payments to eligible citizens, the Act provides a number of employment-related measures of which employers should be aware.