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    • COVID: A Hot-Button Topic for Employment Litigation

      The coronavirus outbreak is has virtually upended the way we live, work, and interact with one another. “Work-from-home” and subsequent limited re-openings have required changes to employers’ everyday practices, impacting nearly all aspects of operations. Businesses have been faced with an unprecedented challenge: how to maintain operations while keeping their workforce safe. Now that stay-at-home orders are being lifted, there will be increased scrutiny about any new return-to-work policies that are implemented. For example, requests to work remotely—and denials of those requests—have been a hot litigation topic under the Americans with Disabilities Act in recent years. We anticipate unique post-pandemic litigation to raise several employment law issues, including these issues related specifically to the ADA: How have accommodations to work remotely or alternative schedules during the pandemic impacted employers’ ability to grant (or deny) requests to alter work arrangements under the ADA in the future? When are employers entitled to make medical inquiries of their employees, whether to assess an employee’s ability to perform the essential functions of the job or to determine if an employee presents a direct threat to the health and safety of the workforce? What factors should employers consider when deciding the order of calling workers back? Is it appropriate to consider an employee’s health or requests for accommodation in restoring the workforce? As we return to business as usual under the “new normal,” now is the time to carefully assess your response to COVID-19 and make informed and well-considered decisions moving forward. To minimize risk, employers should , review and update relevant policies, such as those that address attendance and work arrangements. Employers should also stay up-to-date on the latest guidance on workplace screening and return-to-work preparedness plans. Litigating for your interests At PWHD, we regularly represented clients in employment related lawsuits . Our goal is to aggressively represent our clients and, where possible, resolve these lawsuits as quickly and cost effectively as possible. For more information, give us a call today.

    • Asbestos in schools: a crucial legal debate

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    • Navigating medical malpractice lawsuits

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    • Patten Wornom Hatten & Diamonstein |Virginia Lawyers| Mesothelioma - Asbestos

      PWHD Statement on Social Justice and Equality Reception Statue Lions Bridge NN Ship Building in distance 1/8 WHY IS PWHD DIFFERENT? PWHD is nationally and locally renowned for its excellence in all legal practice areas. We have been at the forefront of asbestos litigation for the past 50 years, winning our first asbestos verdict against Johns-Manville in 1978. Since then our Virginia asbestos attorneys have obtained compensation for thousands of Virginia shipyard workers, industrial workers, and Navy veterans in Virginia state and federal courts. Our business and real estate practices, likewise, have earned the respect of clients, peers and governing bodies across the Commonwealth for their counsel in complex business, land use and real estate matters as well as commercial litigation. Our real estate section has been instrumental in major mixed-use, multi-family and commercial developments in multiple localities, and our business law section has guided medical practices, large corporations and financial institutions through intricate transactions. In asbestos litigation, our accomplishments include the first successful consolidation of more than 1,000 lawsuits, the first national settlement program with the asbestos industry, the first Virginia punitive damage jury verdict against the asbestos industry (1991). For six consecutive years, PWHD’s verdicts against the asbestos industry were listed in the Top 10 Verdicts for the state of Virginia. We have also helped changed Virginia statutory law to benefit Virginia asbestos disease victims by lobbying for a discovery statute of limitation for disabling asbestos claims, and establishing a “two disease” rule so that a diagnosis of a non-malignant asbestos disease will not preclude claims for a later diagnosed asbestos cancer. PWHD’s attorneys represent both businesses and individuals in many other areas including: other products liability matters; business formation, mergers and acquisitions; commercial real estate and land use planning; employment litigation; intellectual property matters; personal injury; and qui tam litigation. As the largest local law firm in Newport News, Virginia, we can help you with virtually any legal matter. Contact us at (800) 459-1881 or locally at (757) 223-4500. CONTACT PWHD We ask that you complete all the information in the form below so our lawyers are able to understand your particular needs. If you require immediate assistance, please call us at (800) 459-1881. Disclaimer Thank You, Your information has been submitted to an attorney for immediate processing. Please note: Every case evaluation form is examined and handled by the appropriate department within 24 hours. Every effort is made to respond to you within 24 hours, however, on occasion it may take longer. If you have not heard back from us within 48 hours, we apologize for the inconvenience. Please email or call our offices. Thank you very much for contacting us and we look forward to helping you with your case. Viewing the PWHD site, or communicating with PWHD by Internet e-mail or through this site, does not constitute or create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. The content and features on this site do not create, and are not intended to create, an attorney-client relationship, and shall not be construed as legal advice. This content and features of this web site, including means to submit a question or information, do not constitute an offer to represent you. Submit

    • Careers | Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein

      CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein (PWHD) has been serving the Newport News area since 1954 with measurable success. We pride ourselves on a deep tradition of excellence, and ensuring only the highest quality service. We understand the challenges and pressure that comes with every case. We currently do not have any opportunities; however, send your resume to HR2@pwhd.com for potential future openings. Also, connect with us on Facebook and LinkedIn to stay informed. Facebook Human Resources LinkedIn

    • Kevin M. Diamonstein | Patten Wornom Hatten & Diamonstein

      KEVIN M. DIAMONSTEIN ATTORNEY Kevin M. Diamonstein, a native of Newport News, has been practicing law since 1990 concentrating primarily on criminal and civil defense. His practice areas include elder law, guardian for children in custody cases and restoration of civil rights for those convicted of felonies. Mr. Diamonstein was with the firm of Diamonstein, Becker and Staley, P.L.C. from 1990 to 1997 and had a solo practice from 1997 to July 2002. Education: George Mason University School of Law - Juris Doctor Christopher Newport University - Bachelor of Arts ​ Admissions: Virginia Court of Appeals Supreme Court of Virginia Supreme Court of United States United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ​ Associations: Virginia State Bar Washington D.C. Bar Pennsylvania Bar New York State Bar Email: KDiamonstein@pwhd.com Phone: (757) 223-4484 Practice Areas: Defense in State and Federal Courts vCard Contact

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