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Virus Rules Create Uncertainty in Construction Field

March 31st, 2020

Although Governor Northam’s recent Executive Orders do not explicitly address construction activity, reports indicate that many job sites are limiting access to 10 or fewer workers at a time.  Both general contractors and subcontractors could be prevented from manning their jobs the way they had planned, with the result that delay in completion will become

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Emergency Law May Spike Loss of Jobs

March 24th, 2020

As an unintended consequence of the emergency legislation passed by Congress last week, many businesses may conclude that they need to rush formal termination notices to their employees in the coming days. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) creates an emergency sick leave benefit, and modifies the long-standing Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) to

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Marrs & Henry is Open for Business as Usual

March 16th, 2020

As of this writing (March 16), exactly two cases of Coronavirus have been confirmed in the Richmond metropolitan area.  Both infected persons are self-quarantined and doing well.  The remaining one million-plus area residents remain unaffected. Under these circumstances, we at Marrs & Henry remain open for business as usual. As in all situations, we would

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When Your Lawyer is to Blame, Then What?

February 18th, 2020

“To err is human,” begins a familiar saying.  No one is infallible.  And because lawyers are human – no snickering, please! – a certain number of mistakes in the course of representing clients are inevitable. But what recourse does a client have, if a lawyer’s mistake proves costly? In theory, the client should be able

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Make Your Company’s Holiday Party Merry, and Without Headaches

December 5th, 2019

‘Tis the season for celebrating with holiday parties, lunches and happy hours. Over the coming weeks, businesses will gather their teams to celebrate the holidays and the conclusion of what was hopefully a successful year. Company parties are a great opportunity to foster camaraderie, to show appreciation to staff or clients, and to celebrate your

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Advance Waivers Are Unenforceable

July 16th, 2019

Most of us have signed one; nearly all of us have at least seen one.  The Little League asked for one before it would allow your child to play; the high school football coach sent one home with your son; your recreational softball league wants every member of every team to sign one. Yet waivers

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Marrs & Henry’s Top 9 Tips for Depositions

June 26th, 2019

Depositions are often the most anxiety-inducing aspect of the litigation process.  A deposition is commonly used to force the opposing party, or non-party witnesses, to answer questions under oath.  Some of the questioning may be only investigatory, while much of it may be openly antagonistic. The depositions are recorded by a court reporter’s transcription, and

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“Can I Get My Lawyer’s Fees Back?”

June 5th, 2019

It’s probably the most commonly asked question during initial discussions with anyone considering filing, or having to defend against, a lawsuit:  “Once I pay my lawyer, can I get that money back from the other side?” The answer is often a surprising “no.” The legal system in many countries, including England, operates on the principle

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Patrick Henry is Super – Again!

April 23rd, 2019

For the sixth year, Super Lawyers magazine has honored Patrick Henry as one of Virginia’s “Rising Stars” in the field of business litigation. Super Lawyers selects its honorees using a patented multiphase selection process, in which peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research. The “Rising Stars” selections are limited to less than 2.5%

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Labor Department Proposes New Rules: The Importance of Employee Classifications

March 21st, 2019

On March 7, 2019, the Labor Department released a revision of its previously abandoned, 2016 proposed rule changes governing overtime qualification.  Currently planned to take effect January 1, 2020, the changes are expected to add over a million workers to the ranks of those for whom overtime pay will be required.  The proposed changes include

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