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U.S. District Court Decision Provides Brokers Additional Protection Against Negligent Hiring Claims

As those familiar with the trucking industry know all too well, it has become common practice for plaintiffs to seek damages against brokers in the event of trucking accidents. Their purpose in doing so is to find the entity with the deepest pockets as well as to add more defendants and causes of action to […]

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Virginia to Study Truck-Only Tolls for Interstate 81

At the request of the Northam Administration, Republican State Senators Mark Obenshain of Rockingham County and Bill Carrico of Grayson County co-sponsored legislation in the 2018 General Assembly directing the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) to study the feasibility of imposing tolls on large trucks traveling on Interstate 81. The bill sponsors’ stated goal is to […]

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When the Customer is the Product: Cambridge Analytica and a Peak Behind the Data Curtain

 Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last month, you have heard and read stories about a previously obscure British consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.  Without going into great depth in this article, Cambridge Analytica apparently gained access to data obtained through a Facebook app developed by a Cambridge professor, which included information about […]

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Number of Motorcyclist Fatalities in 2017 is Highest in Virginia in a Decade DMV Urges Motorcyclists and Motorists to Do Their Part to Prevent Deaths

RICHMOND – Last year, Virginia recorded the highest number of motorcyclist fatalities in a decade, and, as the weather warms again, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) urges motorcyclists and motorists to do their part to prevent deaths this year. One-hundred-and-seven motorcyclists were killed in 2017 on Virginia roadways, compared to 72 in 2016 […]

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PROTECTED DISABILITY OR A LIABILITY? Guidance for employers who are balancing protections for individuals with disabilities against their goal to avoid injuries and accidents in the workplace

Virginia employers have legal and ethical duties to keep their employees, customers, and the public safe. In an effort to carry out these important duties, many employers are left wondering how far they may (or should) go in pre-employment screenings in an effort to prevent workplace accidents. To succeed in balancing these legal duties, employers […]

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Know What You Don’t Know: Welcome to Phishing Season

It being early March, we are now in the heady season between where employers send out tax forms, and everyone scrambles to file their taxes.  This means we are also in the season where fraudsters race to file false tax returns using stolen identity information, a form of identity theft.  Worse, the FBI recently issued […]

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Virginia Supreme Court Says Business Can Indemnify Plaintiff’s Employer By Asserting Its Affirmative Defenses To Plaintiff’s Lawsuit

Like most businesses, your business likely enters contracts with other businesses. Some of these may be service contracts for drivers or other employees. Do you know if these contracts contain indemnity clauses? If so, do you know the exact terms of those clauses? Thanks to a new decision from the Virginia Supreme Court, the language […]

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Out-of-Service Orders for Failure to Comply with Electronic Log Mandate to be Issued Beginning in April  

On April 1, 2018, Department of Transportation (“DOT”) and state officials will begin issuing out-of-service orders to drivers who are found in violation of the electronic logging device (“ELD”) mandate. This will mark an end to the “grace period” that was in effect after the final rule establishing the ELD mandate came into effect on […]

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The High Points: Addressing Medical Marijuana Issues in the Virginia Workplace

As you have likely noticed, the tides have been turning on the issue of medical marijuana in America—as more than half of all states have comprehensive medical marijuana laws, and several have expanded to legalize various forms of recreational marijuana use. Meanwhile, marijuana remains a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law. All of this […]

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FMCSA Grants Two Hours of Service Exemptions for Asphalt Haulers

On January 26th, following a request from the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published two exemptions to hours of service requirements (HOS) in order to accommodate those carriers engaged in the transportation of asphalt. The first exemption will enable drivers engaged in the transportation of asphalt and related […]

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