Monthly Archives: February 2015

EEOC Conciliation Obligations to be Decided by Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral argument in in Mach Mining v. EEOC (S.Ct. 2015).  At issue is the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) obligation to resolve administrative complaints of discrimination filed under its jurisdiction, which includes civil rights statutes such as Title VII.  Historically, the EEOC has exercised agency discretion in deciding the extent [...]

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Do Employers Have to Provide Paid Sick Leave?

While Federal and Virginia laws govern some aspects of minimum wages, overtime and medical leave, there is no Virginia law that expressly requires private sector employers to provide paid sick leave to its employees. Under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), qualified employees are entitled to take up to 12 weeks of protected medical leave for [...]

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Can You Draw Unemployment Benefits if You Resign From Your Job?

If you quit or otherwise leave a job voluntarily, an employee must prove “good cause” in order to receive unemployment benefits.   However, an employee who is forced to resign is not deemed to have left work voluntarily when the employee had no real option to return to the job. By statute, “good cause” does not include leaving work to become self-employed [...]

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