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Guest Workers Win in Virginia Court

Mar 25, 2016
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Thousands of guest workers come to Virginia each year to work in landscaping and forestry, agriculture and hospitality.  Amusement parks, hotels, restaurants and orchards say they couldn’t operate without help from abroad.  Unfortunately, some employers take advantage of these temporary workers – failing to pay overtime or deducting expenses from their wages, but a Charlottesville judge has ruled in favor of  200 of them who took their complaints to court.  

virginiageneralassembly.gov

It’s been practice for state police to include an offender’s workplace on the sex offender registry -- but now it will become mandatory. So will including the name of any college an offender attends.

The effect on business owners? Prepare to have your workplace address made publicly available if you hire a registered offender.

CASA Seeks Volunteers

Mar 17, 2016

The Roanoke Valley CASA office, along with chapters all across the state and nationwide, is looking for a few good volunteers. All that’s required is having a heart for children who’ve had it hard.

CASA is a national initiative providing “Court Appointed Special Advocates.”  Community Outreach Coordinator Kristin Tadlock Bell says these are people who speak up in the best interest of children in the juvenile court system.

State lawmakers will soon consider a bill that could make it easier for convicted sex offenders to find employment when they get out of prison.  It passed easily in the Senate, but it may fail in the House, and at least one expert thinks it might not make that much difference.
 

Montgomery Co. Sheriff's Dept.

After a tragic event, such as the murder of a young girl, as we saw in Blacksburg last week, how does the healing happen?  For Gil Harrington, it’s come from directing the power of her grief after her own daughter was murdered, toward founding an organization that’s become a national movement. 

Gil Harrington is a former nurse whose life changed in 2009 when her daughter Morgan was murdered in Charlottesville. So she knows of what she speaks.

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