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Protecting Your Business from a Wrongful Termination Claim

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Washington DC is what’s known as an “at will” employment district, which means an employer can typically let someone go from their job for any reason and at any time. While this is generally true, there are a number of federal and District of Columbia statutes that have created exemptions that would make it… Read More »

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Defending Off-the-Clock Overtime Claims in Washington DC

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

As an employer, it’s almost inevitable that at some point, an employee will file an unpaid overtime pay or wage claim against you. Just because the burden of proof is on you as the employer, it doesn’t mean you can’t successfully defend a claim that has no merit. Off-the-Clock Overtime Claims The hardest claims… Read More »

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When an Employee Files an EEOC Claim Against You

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

As an employer, you have a duty to follow all established federal and state laws when it comes to your employees. You cannot discriminate against employees because of their race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, or the fact that they are over 40 years old. These are just a few of the items protected under… Read More »

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What to Know about Non-Compete Agreements in Washington, DC

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Non-compete agreements are typically drafted to restrict employees from taking or using any of a company’s proprietary information or existing client base with them when leave and launch their own company that directly competes with their old employer. Another potential purpose of a no-compete clause is to keep employees from going to work for… Read More »

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Can an Employee Sue their Employer for Wrongful Termination in Washington, DC?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

In the District of Columbia, employment is considered to be “at will,” which means an employee can be laid off or fired by the employer at any time, even without a specified reason. This also means an employee is free to leave the company at any time they wish. However, there are certain circumstances… Read More »

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Negotiating a Severance Agreement

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

When you have secure employment, you aren’t necessarily thinking about severance agreements. However, if you are terminated, it’s important to understand your potential rights and how to negotiate a severance agreement. What is a Severance Agreement? Severance agreements are legally enforceable agreements that can be drafted when someone is terminated from their employment. The… Read More »

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Workplace

Can an Employer Fire Someone for Going to Rehab?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Making the decision to enter rehab for alcohol or drug addiction is a huge step. It can be extra stressful when you have a job and are wondering what will happen if you leave for a rehabilitation program. However, in some cases, you may lose your job anyway if you don’t go to rehab…. Read More »

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Nationwide Immigration Raid Results in 21 Arrests

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

According to various media reports, U.S. Immigration officials conducted a nationwide raid of 7-Eleven stores on January 10, 2018, which resulted in the arrest of 21 people believed to be in the country illegally. It’s the biggest immigration crackdown in recent years, with agents targeting nearly a hundred stores between California and New York,… Read More »

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Changes to Washington D.C.’s Family Leave Act May Be Imminent

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

It was less than a year ago that the landmark family leave act, or the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016, was passed. Now, the D.C. Council is at odds over whether the act needs an overhaul already. What is the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act (UPLA) of 2016? The new law guarantees… Read More »

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Hiring Your First Employees? You’ll Suddenly Become More Popular with These Agencies

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

In early August, the Washington Post released a story announcing that Yelp is planning on opening up a new office in Washington, D.C., which will ultimately bring about five hundred new jobs. Yelp has been around since 2004, is an established company, and has had employees in various locations for years. However, that might… Read More »

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