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Todd Sinkins and Leslie Brown honored by the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (WMCCAI).

November 20, 2019
On Saturday, November 16, 2019, Rees Broome Community Association attorneys Todd Sinkins and Leslie Brown were honored by WMCCAI at its annual awards gala. Todd was presented with the out-going Board member award and was inducted into WMCCAI’s Hall of Fame for his years of service to WMCCAI, with special recognition for his educational and advocacy efforts with the D.C. Legislative and Legislative Action Committees.   Leslie Brown was elected to a 3-year term on the WMCCAI Board of Directors commencing in 2020 and was honored with WMCCAI Board of Directors’ Chapter Appreciation Award for her service as the Communications Council Chair for WMCCAI.

Virginia Employees Receive the Right to Obtain Copies of Personnel Records Upon Written Demand

October 17, 2019
Virginia employers have never been required to provide employees with access to personnel files absent the issuance of legal process.  That changed as of July 1, 2019 when an amendment to the evidence section of the Virginia Code granted all employees (current and former) the right to obtain copies of records in whatever format maintained that “reflect” the employee’s dates of employment, position held, wages earned, job description and title, and any injuries the employee sustained during the course of his/her employment with the employer.  VA. Code Ann. §8.01-413.1(B).

Caselaw Alert

October 16, 2019

We have prepared this notice to sensitize you to a recent decision by the Virginia Supreme Court that reduces the level of enforceability of certain provisions that are found in association design standards and rules and regulations adopted by Boards of Directors.  Specifically, in a case called Sainani v. Belmont Glen Homeowners Association, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled against an association that was attempting to enforce the association’s seasonal holiday decoration standards.