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The VTA Safety & Human Resources Council presents “The Employee Handbook:  Why you need one and how it can protect you”

The Virginia Trucking Association and the Safety & Human Resources Council will be hosting educational meetings in east and west locations. The topic for January is: ”The Employee Handbook: Why you need one and how it can protect you.” Steve Setliff, partner and owner of Setliff Law, will discuss what should be included in an […]

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Still More Turkey: Two Recent “Oooops” Cases Decided by the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission.

Assuming everyone is recovered from Thanksgiving, but now headed into the holidays, it seemed appropriate to provide a little light fare in this space.  For your consideration, two freshly baked Virginia Comp. opinions: Whenever I am even CLOSE to a deadline, I put a backside in a car if I have to, in order to […]

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NOx-ious Regulation of the Trucking Industry

A few months back, in an article titled, Americans Like Big Trucks and We Cannot Lie, we discussed the dichotomy between the American tendency to buy large passenger vehicles and the pressure on the auto industry to meet ever more stringent fuel economy standards.  While passenger vehicle fuel economy ratings may get plenty of press […]

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Virginia Supreme Court Holds: Employer Owes Duty to Employee’s Family Members

On Oct. 11, 2018, the Virginia Supreme Court extended the duty of care owed by an employer beyond just employees to any family members or third parties who may be affected by the employer’s action.  In a 4-3 decision, the court ruled in Quisenberry v. Huntington Ingalls, Inc. that if an employer knew or should have known that […]

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Trump Signs Bill Paving Way for Hair Follicle Drug Testing

On Wednesday, October 28, 2018, President Trump signed into law the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (“the Act”). The Act, which passed both Houses of Congress with near-unanimous bipartisan votes (99 to 1 in the Senate, 396-14 in the House), directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to submit an estimated date for […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Weighs in on Arbitration Agreements for Transportation Workers

The U.S. Supreme Court has been in the news a lot lately, but, now that the calendar has turned to the fall, the Justices are back to work. In fact, one of the first cases to be heard at oral argument in this new term could have significant effects on the transportation industry. On October […]

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The Case Against the Autonomous Car

“Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go,” “Super Cruise,” “Lane-Centering Steering,” “Eyesight,” “Traffic-Aware Cruise Control.”   Ready or not, autonomous vehicle technology has arrived.  Just in time too, because as it turns out, statistics demonstrate that humans are fallible creatures.  According to the US Department of Transportation, 94% of automobile crashes can be traced back to […]

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The Facts and Evidence may be Sitting on Plaintiff’s Wrist

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence. President John Adams, 1770 John Adams made that statement during his successful defense of British soldiers.  Today, “facts and evidence” are being established by something that may be […]

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Firm Attorneys Named to 2019 Best Lawyers List

Setliff Law would like to congratulate the following attorneys for being selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America.  C. Stephen Setliff: Transportation Law Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants Railroad Law Brickford Y. Brown: Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants Product […]

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States’ latest weapon in the struggle for revenue: gross receipts taxes and what it could mean for your business

As the name suggests, a gross receipts tax (“GRT”) is a tax on business receipts rather than business income. Typically, it is imposed on all business sales and allows few or no deductions—and may be used against out-of-state businesses with even a de minimis nexus to the state issuing GRT tax bills. A GRT by […]

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