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2022 Virginia Super Lawyers

We are proud to announce O’Hagan Meyer Virginia Attorneys, Charles K. Seyfarth (Partner), Alan D. Albert (Partner), Elizabeth Turner (Associate), and Michael D. Pierce (Associate), were acknowledged this month as 2022 Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars. Thomas Reuters reserves the honor of recognizing lawyers who exhibit excellence in their practice field.  Congratulations to you all!

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O’Hagan Meyer Named a Richmond Top Workplace

O’Hagan Meyer is honored to be named a 2022 Top Workplace! Only 87 Richmond businesses made the Richmond Times-Dispatch annual list which features iconic employers like CarMax and Capital One and includes only four other Richmond law firms. For the full list of Top Workplaces, click here. The awards are based on anonymous employee survey […]

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President Biden Signs Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act into Law

Five years after actress Alyssa Milano brought the term #MeToo into the mainstream, the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act is officially federal law. Congress passed the law with bipartisan support on February 10, 2022, and President Biden officially signed it on March 3, 2022. The law is effective immediately.

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The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts Has Issued a Critical Ruling for Franchisors Everywhere

On March 24, 2022, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) issued its highly anticipated ruling on a certified question in Patel v. 7-Eleven, Inc. (Docket No. 20-1999). On December 13, 2021, we wrote about looming implications for franchisors as the federal trial court’s concern focused on a perceived conflict in two laws:  first, the Massachusetts Independent […]

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Chuck Seyfarth Named ‘Stand-Out Lawyer’ By Thomson Reuters

O’Hagan Meyer Partner Chuck Seyfarth has been recognized as a “Stand-Out Lawyer”

 by Thomson Reuters.  Thomson Reuters surveyed more than 2,000 senior in-house counsel

in large organizations seeking nominations for the most outstanding lawyers that client has worked with in the last three years.  Those recognized are noted for their high quality of work, business and commercial savvy, and ability to turn legal advice into practical solutions.

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Superior Court Decision Provides Roadmap for Protecting Trade Secret Information Provided to State Agencies

Companies in regulated industries are often required to submit information to state agencies, and sometimes those submissions will include commercially sensitive information considered to be proprietary and trade secret.  Legitimate concerns exist about maintaining the trade secret status of information after it is in the hands of a state agency, particularly considering public records laws […]

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#MeToo Legislation in Massachusetts Has Stalled, But Massachusetts Employers Must Still Be Cautious When Settling Sexual Harassment and Other Discrimination Claims

In Massachusetts, legislation pending in the wake of the #MeToo movement has consistently stalled, and it is unclear why.  However, if legislation similar to past efforts is pressed in the coming year, employers must take caution. February 19, 2022 marked the 1-year anniversary of the introduction of Senate Bills S-1020 and S-1021, legislation pending in […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Issues Split Decision: Stays OSHA Private Employer Vaccine Mandate, but Upholds CMS Vaccine Mandate for Healthcare Workers

On Thursday, January 13, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court satisfied anxious employers and attorneys by issuing opinions on two of the Biden Administration’s controversial vaccine mandates. In King Solomon-esque fashion, the Court divided the cases evenly by allowing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (“CMS”) vaccine mandate to proceed but staying enforcement of the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) applicable to businesses with 100 or more employees.

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Congratulations to OM’s Newest Partners!

Please join us in congratulating our newest partners at O’Hagan Meyer! We are excited that Eileen Geller, J. Brandon Sieg, Sean Rohan, Johnny Antwiler, Lucas Sun, Andrea Rosenkranz, and Ryan Benson are continuing to grow with us.

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CMS Revives Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers in 25 States

Despite data confirming that the newer Omicron variant of COVID-19 is transmissible even to those who are double vaccinated and boosted, recent federal resuscitated President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandates.

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