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In all child custody cases, including those between a parent and a nonparent, the best interests of the child are paramount for the guidance of the court in determining the dispute.  Bailes v. Sours, 231 Va. 96, 99 (1986) (quoting Walker v. Brooks, 203 Va. 417, 421 (1962)).  However, there are situations when non-parents have standing to seek custody and/or visitation of a minor child.  The presumption that a child’s best interests will be served when he is in custody of a...
An employer in Ohio recently learned that Benjamin Franklin’s advice of “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” can be applied to employee compensation systems.  When the new owner took over the Brown Derby Roadhouse restaurant, it decided to reclassify restaurant servers as independent contractors.  In doing so, the owner implemented a “table renting” system, where the servers received no pay from the restaurant, kept all of their tips, but had to pay the owner a...
Many of us are familiar with crowdfunding, particularly reward-based crowdfunding through websites like Kickstarter and Indigogo. Reward-based crowdfunding allows companies to raise money from members of the public in exchange for prizes that vary depending on the amount of money you donate to the company’s project (e.g. $5 gets you a personalized Thank You from the CEO, $15 gets you a company t-shirt, etc.). This rewards-based funding model can also be referred to as...
If your company uses contract labor or temporary staffing, recent agency actions and court decisions may have turned your company into a joint employer who is legally responsible for its contract workers’ overtime pay.  Traditionally, companies were not considered joint employers unless they had direct control over the wages and other conditions of employment of another company’s employee.  However, Obama-era agency actions significantly broadened the scope of what may be...
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