2018 Annual Review of Virginia Workers' Compensation Trends

By: Amanda Tapscott Belliveau, Esq. 

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McCandlish Holton Attorney Successfully Represented a Virginia Business

McCandlish Holton Director Michael H. Gladstone successfully represented a Virginia business in a claim removed from state court to the U.S. District Court on a life insurance policy covering one of the company’s key executives. The policy death benefit exceeded $1,000,000.  The insurer had denied the claim alleging material misrepresentations by the decedent in answering health-related questions on the insurance application.  After discovery depositions of several of the insurer’s executives, the litigation was resolved at mediation, avoiding the necessity of a trial. 

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OSHA Rules Out Mandatory Post-Accident Drug Screening

Employers need to keep in mind that, while tempting, mandatory post-accident drug/alcohol testing is no longer permitted.  Effective August, 2016, new OSHA reporting rules require employers to establish a reasonable procedure for employees to report workplace accidents and injuries – free from intimidation or retaliation.

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Department of Labor Finalizes New Overtime Rules for White Collar Workers

By: Samantha S. Otero, Of Counsel, Business Law Practice Group

The new minimum salary level for exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will be $913 per week, or $47,476 per year, under final regulations that will be released on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). 

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