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Mike DeCamps chairs the firm's Employment practice group. Mike has represented employers of all sizes on a wide-variety of employment issues. Mike also works with and counsels employers and management and executive-level employees on a variety of preventative employment law issues. He has lectured to employers, trade associations and bar groups on a variety of labor and employment law issues and organizes and presents a regular series of Employment Law Hot Topics in Richmond and other locations throughout the state.

The employer conundrum over conducting criminal background screens

The war continues over the use of criminal background checks in the hiring process and employers are caught in the middle. A brief history here may be helpful. In April of 2012 the EEOC published its Enforcement Guidance on Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights […]


Are Your Employment Policies Too “Chilling?”

An increasingly proactive National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB“) has struck down several common workplace employment policies followed by many private employers. Primarily, this is due to the Board’s expansive interpretation of Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”). Section 7 of the NLRA gives employees the right to engage in protected concerted activities […]


Criminal Background Checks Can Backfire

Criminal background checks have always been somewhat of a controversial tool for hiring decisions. The EEOC has previously issued several guidance statements calling into question employment policies that exclude any job candidate with a criminal record. On April 25, the EEOC issued a further guidance document on this subject.


Another Client Accolade

We’re extremely pleased that Beth Bailey, co-owner of The Pediatric Connection, was recognized last night at the National Association of Women Business Owners meeting in Richmond as Entrepreneur of the Year. We have been privileged to serve as the firm’s legal team since the beginning. In fact, Beth and I talked a little over a […]


Cat’s Paw Decision Puts Fable in Employment Law

Reflecting back over the last year, perhaps one of the most interesting employment cases involved “The Cat’s Paw” fable about the perils of allowing oneself to take action without regard to consequences due to the manipulative encouragement of another.


Drafting Non-Competes Is Risky Business

For those of you who draft, work with and seek to enforce restrictive covenants, pay particular attention to the recent November 2011 Virginia Supreme Court decision in Home Paramount Pest Control Companies, Inc. v. Shaffer. At first blush, the case appears to be nothing more than another decision in a long line of recent decisions […]