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This "Ask the Expert" session is for business owners and HR professionals, addressing key federal and Virginia employment laws changes and how they affect employers and employees in both the workplace and when teleworking.

In this session, attorneys Jim Cowan and Eric Chapman will cover:

  • VA bans Noncompetition Agreements for "Low Wage Employees"
  • Accommodating At-Risk Workers' Returning to Work
  • VA's New Wage-Theft, Antidiscrimination, and Worker Misclassification Laws
  • OSHA's Whistleblower Protection Program
  • Evolving guidance on re-opening and returning to work protocols

HR professionals, Amanda Stuart and Jacqueline Lackey will discuss:

  • Accommodations
  • Employees Mental Health to consider
  • Communication and Culture
  • Privacy concerns around teleworking
  • Moving away from survival mode into strategic mode



Jim Cowan, Chairman and Attorney with CowanPerry PC​​​ 

Eric D. Chapman, Partner and Attorney, CowanPerry, PC​ 

Jackie Lackey, SHRM-CP, Director of Human Resources at Qualtrax 

Amanda Stuart, SHRM-CP, Director of Human Resources, FoxGuard Solutions 


Jul 14, 2020 09:54 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

This recording will be deleted automatically the 12th of October 2020.

This recording, just over one hour, is packed with excellent information! Check it out!


Helpful HR resources to share may help may be on site that we can share as well:

  • Discover the Ins and Outs of Human Resources with Amanda Stuart
  • HR Tips. Sharing my passion through unique and engaging content with both employees, organizations, and HR professionals.



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The Experts

JAMES K. COWAN JR., Chairman and Attorney at CowanPerry PC

  • Chairman and attorney with CowanPerry PC​​ in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia
  • Practice focuses on labor and employment counsel, complex business litigation, land use issues, and commercial real estate projects. He also serves as general outside counsel to numerous businesses
  • Represents a number of employers in the mid-Atlantic region, ranging from high-tech start-ups to large manufacturers
  • Over twenty-five years litigation experience in federal and state courts across Virginia defending wrongful discharge claims, claims for relief under the Family Medical Leave Act and Fair Labor Standards Act, disability discrimination claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, age discrimination claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and claims of sexual harassment, and race and gender discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Frequent speaker and corporate trainer for companies on sexual harassment, employment discrimination, FMLA and ADA compliance, the Fair Labor Standards Act, diversity and affirmative action, conducting workplace investigations, hiring and firing, and union free management 
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, Labor and Employment Law; selected as a Virginia Super Lawyer in Employment and Labor


(C) 540.443.2860 Blacksburg Direct



  • Partner and Attorney, CowanPerry, PC​​
  • Practice focuses on outside general counsel services, including employment law compliance and business litigation.
  • Represents clients with offices and employees across the country and around the world. Licensed to practice in Virginia and North Carolina.
  • Member of the Virginia State Bar and North Carolina State Bar. Executive Committee Member of the Ted Dalton American Inns of Court and Board Member of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley and New River Valley Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). 
  • Recognized by SuperLawyers as a Virginia Rising Star in Employment law from 2017 through 2020. 
  • J.D. degree, magna cum laude, Washington & Lee University School of Law.

Contact Information

(O) 540.443.2861 Blacksburg


Jacqueline Lackey, SHRM-CP, Human Resources Director at Qualtrax

  • Director of Human Resources at Qualtrax, a compliance management software business in Blacksburg, VA
  • One third of the Qualtrax workforce is typically remote, with 100% of staff working from home since March.
  • As a department of one, I focus on all areas of the HR spectrum from recruiting to benefits management to culture and events and beyond!
  • 7 years experience as an HR professional
  • 12+ years in management
  • SHRM-CP certified
  • Current member and contributor of RBTC's HR Roundtable; SHRM-CP; National & ROA SHRM Member
  • Bachelor of Arts from Roanoke College and MBA from Radford University
  • Mom of 2 young, wild boys


(O) 540.260.9961 Ext: 140


Amanda L. Stuart, SHRM-CP, Director of Human Resources, FoxGuard Solutions

  • Director of Human Resources, FoxGuard Solutions
  • Advises senior leaders and management on performance issues, compensation analysis, strategic planning, employee engagement
  • Mentors members of the local human resources community on leadership, providing guidance on current human resource topics
  • HR Department of One, with diverse experience in both the public and private sector, navigating through change management initiatives such as acquisitions, ownership/leadership changes
  • Supports the culture, employee engagement, and competitiveness of the organization via streamlining procedures, keeping abreast of regulatory changes, and enhancing benefit offerings 
  • Collaborates with employees to strengthen operations and promote individual growth
  • M.A. Executive Leadership
  • Founder and President of the RBTC HR Roundtable; SHRM-CP; National & NRV/ROA SHRM Member


(C) 540.616.4798



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Because we often spend 40 + hours a week working, the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center wants a community that promotes a complete well-rounded program to promote healthiness for both mind and body. Our focus is to provide companies with six essential elements to assist your employees with a fulfilled balanced life through our VTCRC 360°: Corporate Wellness Program.

PURPOSE Liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals

SOCIAL Having supportive relationships and networking interactions

FINANCIAL Managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security

COMMUNITY Liking where you live and having pride in your community

PHYSICAL Having good health and enough energy to get things done daily

HEALTHY EATING Making good food choices to fit your health and dietary goals