CLIENT ALERT FOR COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS IN FAIRFAX COUNTY, VIRGINIA
This legislative session felt like the Annapolis that we all knew before the pandemic with in-person hearings, folks roaming the halls and students visiting the state house for class trips. Excitement was in the air with the inauguration of a new Governor and the beginning of a new term for the legislature. The live streaming is now here to stay for all floor sessions, committee hearings, subcommittee sessions, and voting sessions.
In contrast to last year, the 2023 legislative session was extremely active, with the General Assembly passing a number of significant bills that affect Common Interest Communities. The legislation addressed in this newsletter will take effect on July 1, 2023, unless otherwise noted below.
Recently, the DC Council adopted amendments to the DC Condominium Act to revise the construction defect warranty provisions, along with the process for filing claims against the warranty bond required to be posted with the District of Columbia’s government to secure a condominium declarant’s warranty obligations. Attorneys from Rees Broome were instrumental in the drafting and negotiating of the final version of the related Bill. The Bill has been
BREAKING NEWS – FEDERAL VACCINE MANDATE EXTENSION FOR COMPLIANCE AND ISSUANCE OF OSHA TEMPORARY STANDARD VACCINATION AND TESTING APPLICABLE TO EMPLOYERS WITH 100 OR MORE EMPLOYEES
By Susan Richards Salen, Esquire
ETS for Large Employers Requiring Vaccination and Testing Issued
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued its Emergency Temporary Standard on COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing applicable to large employers (those that employ 100 or more employees). Access OSHA information on and full regulation here: COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing ETS | Occupational Safety and Health Administration (osha.gov)
Key points of the regulation are as follows:
One year after being thrust into a crash course on electronic meeting platforms due to the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual meetings and electronic voting options are here to stay for associations in Virginia.
Last week, the Virginia General Assembly passed a Bill that provides an association’s Board of Directors with extensive authority to prohibit smoking within condominiums and property owners’ associations. A Board of Directors of a condominium association may, by a majority vote of the Board, prohibit smoking both in the common elements and in units, unless the recorded condominium instruments contain existing language that would prohibit the Board from doing so. A Board of Directors for a property owners’ association may prohibit smoking in common areas by a