State/Local Updates Around the Country

Staying out west for the moment, on January 25, the Seattle City Council voted – unanimously – to pass an ordinance mandating that certain grocery store employees receive hazard pay during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Seattle minimum wage is currently $16.69 per hour and the hazard pay mandate will add $4 for each…

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Virginia OKs COVID-19 Employee Health/Safety Standard

The Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board has voted to approve a Final Permanent Standard (Final Standard) related to COVID-19. It is anticipated that Governor Northam will soon approve the Final Standard, which sets forth health and safety requirements related to COVID-19 for all Virginia employers and is expected become effective on January 27, 2021.…

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Virginia Tightens Face-Covering Mandate

Effective early this week, the state of Virginia imposed still even more stringent face-covering requirements on all businesses across the state. The new mandate, which went into effect on December 14, requires all individuals age five or older to wear face masks at all times in settings shared by others – indoors or outdoors –…

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State COVID Relief Programs

After the success of its initial funding round ($25.7 million distributed to 741 businesses), the state of Delaware opened up a second round of its popular DE Relief Grant program on October 1. The program, which is a joint initiative of the state and New Castle County, was funded through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and…

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Help on the Way?

While Congress fiddles and diddles with (hopefully) another Coronavirus relief package, some cities and states are using funds received from the earlier federal relief bills to craft grants to help small businesses recover from the economic effects of the pandemic shutdowns. As one case in point, we noted Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is launching…

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Virginia Increasing Restaurant Inspections, Fines

The state of Virginia, which in 2019 became a democrat trifecta state for the first time, this week became the first state to adopt an emergency workplace standard specific to the coronavirus pandemic. Governor Ralph Northam announced a new Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), which mandates that workers be provided with personal protective equipment this week.…

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More Changes to Virginia Laws

Since 2018 when Virginia became a democratic trifecta state (the Governor’s Office and both legislative branches in democratic hands), the changes to its employment laws have seemed to come fast and furious!. In addition to changes we’ve advised in prior issues, effective next Wednesday – July 1, Old Dominion will expand its current Ban the…

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Virginia Law Changes with Flip of the Calendar

As we’ve advised in past issues, the turn of the calendar often ushers in new changes in state and local laws that we all must be aware of, but that is especially true when we flip from June to July. Last week we advised of a number of changes coming July 1 in state and…

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State and Local Issues of Note

With so much of the nation’s focus these past three months on the COVID-19 pandemic – and more recently, protests over the tragic killing of George Floyd, state and local issues that can impact your business could easily be overlooked. In the hope of keeping you informed of some of those possible oversights, we advise…

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