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Can an employer fine an employee in Virginia?

Not by payroll deduction, unless the agreement to do so was not a condition of employment While it is true (as Just a guy's answer notes) that under § 40.1-29(C) an employee may agree via "...
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Can an employer fine an employee in Virginia?

It depends on what your son signed § 40.1-29(C) of the Code of Virginia says employers need written permission to withhold anything besides taxes from paychecks: No employer shall withhold any part ...
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Why would a jury award more punitive damages than is allowed by the law?

The jury isn't told what the law allows. They are told to come up with a number and if it exceeds what the law allows, the judge modifies it in response to post-judgment motions.
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May I create a custom license plate myself (in Virginia) using a purchased blank plate?

forges or counterfeits any license plate That means you can't make your own. Certainly any created plate in different colors or design will attract attention of the authorities as well. You will ...
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Virginia employer terminated employee and wants signing bonus returned

Since the employee made a 1-year commitment, and did not quit within the year, I see no justification for the claw-back of the signing bonus. If the letter had said "you must remain employed for one ...
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Before the 13th Amendment, could people sell themselves into slavery in the USA?

In British colonies and their successors It is hard to prove a negative, but in the British colonies and their successors, I believe that the answer was probably no. Indentured servitude came close ...
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May I create a custom license plate myself (in Virginia) using a purchased blank plate?

Your confusion probably stems from trying to look at this issue from the wrong end. Instead of looking at the VA Code related to details of license plate forgeries, look earlier in the code for § 46....
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is there a limit of speed cops can go on a high speed pursuit?

Here's the relevant statute for Virginia, 46.2-920 A. The driver of any emergency vehicle, when such vehicle is being used in the performance of public services, and when such vehicle is operated ...
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Can a six year old be charged?

We cannot stipulate that a 6 year old does not understand the concepts of life / death / murder / assault, but that stipulation might be baked into the laws of the jurisdiction. In Washington, a child ...
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Can a six year old be charged?

If charges are to be filed against any party, the mother would likely face a misdemeanor charge for storing a firearm in a manner that could cause injury to a child (while no child was injured, the ...
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Is it legal to trade bitcoin for cash in Virginia, USA?

The short answer is that a few individual trades would be legal (e.g. if you sell some to a friend), but doing so on a regular basis for profit (e.g. offering a sale price and a bid price to all ...
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Virginia right turn arrow street markings

virginia Virginia Driver's Manual, section 2 on page 11 states: White lane arrows are curved or straight. If you are in a lane marked with a curved arrow or a curved arrow and the word ONLY, you must ...
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Employer withholds last paycheck in Virginia

They have exactly zero legal grounds to withhold your last paycheck. From Code of Virginia 40.1: All employers operating a business shall establish regular pay periods and rates of pay for ...
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What can I do about this tree?

There are a number of rules related to trespassing vegetation, reviewed in Lane v. W.J. Curry & Sons, 92 S.W.3d 355. Virginia law was set in Fancher v. Fagella, 650 S.E.2d 519, that encroaching ...
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Is it legal for a restaurant to not accept cash?

Yes This statute means that all United States money as identified above is a valid and legal offer of payment for debts when tendered to a creditor. There is, however, no Federal statute mandating ...
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is there a limit of speed cops can go on a high speed pursuit?

The speed limit for the road OR if it is reasonable in the circumstances that the speed limit should not apply, as fast as the driver, acting reasonably, determines australia The relevant provisions ...
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Can a six year old be charged?

Virginia law does not set a minimum age for criminal defendants. (The state's juvenile detention facilities have a minimum age of 11.) (Source)
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Is it legal to grope an unconscious person in Virginia?

Short Answer No. This is not legal under Virginia law. It is a serious crime. Long Answer The basic reasoning This would be actionable as aggravated sexual battery and punishable by up to 20 years in ...
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Can a six year old be charged?

england-and-wales It shall be conclusively presumed that no child under the age of ten years can be guilty of any offence. — Children and Young Persons Act 1933 s.50 as amended by the Children and ...
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Refusal of service to filthy/stinky customer

Being filthy/stinky is not a protected class in Virginia or the United States. But you have to be careful because ultimately the fact finder cannot read your mind. Discrimination is not allowed based ...
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Driving without physical copy of License

If you have a license and drive but forget your license and get pulled over what happens? You could receive a summons or citation (a.k.a. "ticket") for failing to carry a driver's license. Section § ...
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Liability in Loudoun county rapes

I'll start with a list of issues presented and also note at the outset that the question correctly notes that both the school district (which is an entity distinct from the county), and the ...
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Virginia right turn arrow street markings

You must turn australia The road rules state: 92 Traffic lane arrows (1) If a driver is driving in a marked lane at an intersection (except a roundabout) and there are traffic lane arrows applying ...
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Virginia employer terminated employee and wants signing bonus returned

In my opinion, the sentence is a bit ambiguous. I'd lean toward agreeing that the employee kept their commitment, so termination might not apply. But, the problem with that is an employee could ...
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Are Ladies' Nights Legal?

US federal law prohibits gender discrimination in some spheres, including employment (42 USC 2000e-2), but it does not prohibit it in public accommodations (42 USC 2000a): (a) Equal access All ...
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In which United States District Court should a permanent resident file a lawsuit against the USCIS?

Generally, you may only file an action in the Western District of Virginia if the actions or inactions that you believe violated your rights occurred within the boundaries of this District. When a ...
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Is it legal to take photos on private property?

There are various tangential ways in which this could be illegal, for example if your subjects are celebrities, you take a picture of them and commercially exploit it without permission in a product ...
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