Phyllis C. Katz

Phyllis C. Katz

Sands Anderson PC

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Another Exception to Employment At-Will

Virginia is known as a stalwart adherent to the doctrine of employment at-will. The courts in Virginia have long recognized that the employment relationship is for an indefinite term and may be terminated for any reason or...more

3/4/2015 - At-Will Employment Criminal Prosecution Employer Liability Issues Exxon Mobil Internal Reporting Physicians Public Policy Retaliation Termination

2015 Virginia Employment Law Pocket Guide

In this Guide: - Employment At-Will - Right to Work - Employment of Children - Restrictive Covenants in Employment Contracts - Virginia Human Rights Act - Virginians with Disabilities...more

1/30/2015 - ADA At-Will Employment Employer Liability Issues Employer Mandates Employment Contract Equal Pay Hiring & Firing Human Rights Code Medical Examinations Restrictive Covenants Right to Work Wage and Hour Whistleblower Protection Policies Workplace Safety

Virginia Significantly Raises Worker Misclassification Fines

Worker misclassification remains a number one target area for both state and federal review. On July 1, 2014, the Virginia Workers Compensation Act (the “VWCA”) significantly increased the civil penalties that the state can...more

7/15/2014 - Civil Monetary Penalty Employer Liability Issues Workers Compensation Reform

Caution: Payments to Volunteers Can Lead to Trouble

Nonprofit organizations and governmental entities are permitted to use volunteer labor. In many instances, the work performed mirrors that performed by paid staff. Employers may want to recognize the time and efforts of the...more

1/16/2014 - Employee Definition FLSA FMLA Non-Profits Volunteers Wage and Hour

2013 Virginia Employment Law Pocket Guide

In this guide: - Employment At-Will - Right to Work - Employment of Children - Restrictive Covenants in Employment Contracts - Virginia Human Rights Act - Virginians with Disabilities...more

1/9/2014 - At-Will Employment Child Labor Disability Employee Rights Employment Contract Equal Pay Genetic Testing Minimum Wage PHI Restrictive Covenants Right to Work Safety Precautions Unemployment Wage and Hour Wage Garnishment Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Are Pay Cards Lawful Wage Payments In Virginia?

It was recently reported that a worker at a Pennsylvania McDonald’s sued her employer, a McDonalds’s franchisee, because she was required to receive her pay in the form of a debit card that carried hefty charges for virtually...more

7/26/2013 - Debit Cards Fraud Minimum Wage Payroll Cards Wage and Hour Wages

Conducting Workplace Investigations

Recently, when advising a client who was investigating a complaint of sexual harassment, I had the opportunity to revisit the EEOC’s Enforcement Guidance: Vicarious Employer Liability for Unlawful Harassment by Supervisors...more

1/11/2013 - EEOC Enforcement Guidance FATCA FCRA Internal Investigations Sexual Harassment Supervisors Vicarious Liability

Supervisors and Managers May Be Personally Liable for Wrongful Discharge

In a case of first impression, the Supreme Court of Virginia declared on November 1, 2012, that a supervisor can be personally liable when the supervisor participates in the wrongful discharge of an employee. This case,...more


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