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Virginia Corporate Counsel Quarterly - Fall 2013

Corporate Counsel News

newsletter of the Virginia State Bar's Corporate Counsel Section



Spring Events Planning Survey

Please help us plan the right get-togethers for Spring, it’ll only take a second.

Seven questions, mainly checking boxes:

What to Do With Criminals: Looking Back at Troubled Past Can Trouble Employer’s Present

by Christopher Gatewood
Threshold Counsel, PC - Richmond

Criminal background checks have become routine for many employers, and with good reason. But in recent years, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has pursued several companies for their use of such screening measures in their hiring process.

The EEOC has approached the matter as one of disparate impact under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and has directed that employers should not use criminal records as a basis for automatic rejection of an applicant. The idea seems to be that warehouse workers and child care providers can and should be viewed differently, and perhaps also that all crimes are not created equally.

A summary of the EEOC’s published guidance is here: Read more (.pdf)…

Recommended Reading:

Here are five links to Outside Articles of Interest

What to Do With Outside Counsel: In-House Counsel Get Real About Outside Firm Value

Employer’s Lawyer Who Defended Employee at Deposition May Be Liable to The Employee for Malpractice

Corporate Compliance & Social Media – Tread Carefully With Employees and Applicants

Corporate Excuses to Avoid Compliance and Ethics Programs

In-House Legal Departments Turning Into Mini-Firms?


Law School Corporate Counsel panel discussions, ongoing 2013-2014 (want to attend? Let us know at at which law school you’d like to participate, and we will connect you)

Corporate Counsel Swearing-In: Supreme Court of Virginia, December 3

Spring Events, to be determined: Please complete the survey in this issue of CCQ, to help in scheduling and planning.

Calls for Input and Involvement: Please take a minute to help your Corporate Counsel section with:

- Completing the survey above, to help your section leadership plan Spring 2014 gatherings in your part of the commonwealth.

- Suggest topics for newsletter articles, contributing authors, and articles from elsewhere that you would recommend, to VaCCQ HQ at