Virginia OKs Wage Delay, Bans LGBT Discrimination

In response to a proposal by Governor Ralph Northam, of which we advised you last week, the Virginia legislature has approved a delay in the minimum wage increase that was scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2021.  Under the amendments passed this week however, the initial increase (from the current $7.25 to $9.50…

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Virginia Governor Wants Minimum Wage Freeze

In what one could argue is an acknowledgement of the negative impact minimum wage increases can have on businesses, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam last week proposed an amendment to delay a planned increase in the state minimum wage, rather than veto the measure outright. Virginia became the latest democratic trifecta state in 2019 (both branches…

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Virginia Moving Minimum Wage Bill

On a party-line vote last week, the Virginia House of Delegates voted 55-45 to pass HB 395, a bill that will increase the current state minimum wage of $7.25 per hour to $15 by July 1, 2023. The legislation moved through the lower chamber at lightning legislative speed and is now pending in the state…

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Back To The Future!

Tune up the DeLorean! The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed a resolution eliminating the 1982 deadline (yes, 38 years after the deadline passed) for states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The change comes largely in response to Virginia – becoming a democratic trifecta state in 2019 for the first…

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New Virginia Wage Payment Statements

As we’ve been trying to advise you over the past several weeks, it is not only minimum wages that change when the New Year kicks in. On Wednesday of this week, January 1, Virginia employers became subject to a new state law that requires them to provide paystubs to employees on “each regular pay date.”…

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Back To the Future: ERA Version

Many of our readers likely are young enough to have only heard of the most recent effort to amend the US Constitution with adoption of the Equal Rights Amendment in history classes, but believe it or not, ERA is back in the news. To refresh your memory, amendments to the Constitution require a two-thirds majority…

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Elections Have Consequences

In most states, elections were held earlier this week and we want to just touch on a couple of results as they may become relevant to business issues in the future. First off, up in Portland Maine, incumbent progressive Mayor Ethan Strimling was eliminated before the final round in the ranked-choice local election. He defined…

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New Virginia Employment Documents Disclosure

Beginning next week, on July 1, 2019, employers in Virginia must provide a copy of their employment documents upon written request from an employee. The new requirement, signed into law back in March by Governor Ralph Northam, mandates that an employer provide “all records or papers retained by the employer in any format,” detailing: (i)…

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Agreement Reached on $15 Minimum Wage

After battling all through last year over the issue, democrat NJ Governor Phil Murphy agreed with the democratic-controlled legislature on a bill that will lead to a state minimum wage of $15 per hour as soon as 2024. Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, who has not always seen eye to eye with Murphy, finally brokered the…

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Pushing Paid Leave

Not stopping at increases to state minimum wages, a number of states appear poised to push for passing mandatory paid sick leave. Again in Virginia, paid family leave bills have been filed in both the Senate and the House of Delegates, despite both branches having slim republican majorities. As filed, both proposals would create a…

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