Taylor Whitehead

24 Jun: Sexual Harassment: Statute of Limitations

Workers in Virginia are protected against workplace sexual harassment under state and federal laws that protect against gender discrimination. Sexual harassment claims, however, are subject to a time limit (also called the statute of limitations) mandated under both federal and Virginia state law.  Broadly speaking, a sexual harassment claim must be initiated within six months…

23 Jun: Can an Employee Be Terminated While on Medical Leave?

In the United States, an employee may have a legal right to medical leave under certain circumstances. These medical leave rights are protected under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). FMLA provides that a qualified employee may take a maximum of 12 weeks of unpaid leave without the fear of losing their job….

11 Dec: What Constitutes Sexual Harassment

Employees are entitled to a workplace free from sexual harassment. Unfortunately, this type of misconduct remains a serious problem in American workplaces. According to a study cited by National Public Radio (NPR), 38 percent of women and 10 percent of men report that they have personally endured or witnessed sexual harassment on the job. If…

15 Apr: A Guide to Sexual Harassment Complaints in Virginia

As explained by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), workplace sexual harassment is strictly prohibited. Employees and job applicants should not be harassed based on their sex or gender. Sexual harassment can come in many different forms, including:  Unwelcome sexual advances; Requests for sexual favors (quid pro quo); Verbal sexual harassment, including comments, insults, and…

10 Apr: How to Fill out Paid Family Leave Form in Virginia

Paid family leave is a form of partial wage loss replacement that allows workers to take job-protected time off to bond with a new child or care for a critically ill family member. Paid family leave may be offered as part of an employee’s benefits program or it may be mandated under state law.  Although…

05 Apr: What You Need to Know About Physician Assistant Contract Negotiations in Virginia

Physicians assistants (PAs) are medical professionals who help to diagnose a patient’s health problems and devise/manage treatment plans. The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) reports that there are currently 123,000 PAs in the United States—they are a critically important part of our country’s health care system.  For both medical industry employers and physician assistants,…

30 Mar: Handbook Updates that Companies Need to Make Immediately

As you likely know, Congress recently passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) and the Department of Labor (“DOL”) later issued some guidance and notice materials regarding two specific provisions in the FFCRA, the Emergency Family Medical Leave Expansion Act (“EFMLEA”) and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“EPSLA”). Both require employers to grant…