Other Legislation

Bills CommitteeLast actionDate
HB 55 - Carter - Worker cooperatives; established as a category of cooperative associations. (H) Committee on Labor and Commerce

(S) Committee on Commerce and Labor
(G) Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 202003/17/20
notes: Establishes worker cooperatives as a category of cooperative associations. A worker cooperative is a stock corporation that has elected to be governed by provisions established by this measure, which include (i) conducting its business primarily for the mutual benefit of its members, (ii) allowing only current and retired employees to be members, (iii) limiting voting rights to current employees, (iv) providing that each employee is entitled to one vote, (v) prohibiting any person from owning more than one membership share, (vi) requiring at least two-thirds of employees to own membership shares, and (vii) requiring that net earnings be paid or credited to members in accordance with the ratio that each member's amount of work performed during a period bears to the total amount of work performed by all members during that period.
HB 64 - Miyares - Child's school activities; employers to allow parental leave for activities. (H) Committee on Labor and Commerce(H) Tabled in Labor and Commerce (20-Y 0-N)01/16/20
notes: Requires employers to grant four hours of leave annually to employees who are parents or guardians of, or who stand in loco parentis to, a school-aged child in order to attend parent-teacher conferences, volunteer at the child's school, or otherwise be involved in the child's school. The employer and employee must mutually agree to the time for the leave, the leave need not be compensated, and the employer may require both 48 hours' advance notice of the leave and written verification from the school of the employee's involvement in the school.
HB 89 - McNamara - Income tax, state; increases the standard deduction from Virginia taxable income. (H) Committee on Finance(H) Left in Finance02/11/20
notes: Increases the standard deduction for taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2020, but before January 1, 2026, by 1.8 percent to $4,581 for single individuals and $9,162 for married persons (one-half of such amounts in the case of a married individual filing a separate return).
HB 108 - Lindsey - Legal holidays; Election Day. (H) Committee on Rules

(S) Committee on Rules
(G) Approved by Governor-Chapter 417 (effective 7/1/20)03/23/20
notes: Designates Election Day, the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, as a state holiday and removes Lee-Jackson Day as a state holiday.
HB 123 - Carroll Foy - Nonpayment of wages; cause of action, penalties. (H) Committee on Labor and Commerce

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(G) Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 202003/12/20
notes: Provides that an employee has a private cause of action, individually, jointly, with other aggrieved employees as a collective action, on behalf of similarly situated employees as a collective action under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act against an employer who fails to pay wages to recover the amount of wages due plus interest at eight percent annually from the date the wages were due, an additional amount as liquidated damages, and reasonable attorney fees and costs. If the court finds that the employer knowingly failed to pay wages, the court shall award the employee reasonable attorney fees and costs and the employer is subject to a civil penalty not to exceed $1,000 for each violation. If the court finds that the employer's failure to pay wages was willful and with intent to defraud the employee, the court shall award the employee triple the amount of wages due and reasonable attorney fees and costs. The measure also provides that any construction contract entered into on or after July 1, 2020, shall be deemed to include a provision under which the general contractor and the subcontractor are jointly and severally liable to pay the wages due to the subcontractor's employees. If the wages due to the subcontractor's employees are not paid, the general contractor is subject to criminal and civil penalties for which an employer is liable for failing or refusing to pay wages. The measure requires the subcontractor to indemnify the general contractor for wages, damages, interest, penalties, or attorney fees owed as a result of the subcontractor's failure to pay the wages unless the subcontractor's failure to pay wages was because of the general contractor's failure to pay moneys due to the subcontractor. The measure also
HB 124 - Miyares - Virginia Minority Business Commission; established, report, sunset provision. (H) Committee on Appropriations(H) Continued to 2021 in Appropriations02/05/20
notes: Establishes a 13-member legislative Commission to promote the growth and competitiveness of Virginia minority-owned businesses. The bill provides that the Commission sunsets on July 1, 2023.

HB 230 - Freitas - Income tax, state and corporate; tax credit for employers of National Guard members. (H) Committee on Finance(H) Incorporated by Finance (HB1620-Helmer)01/29/20
notes: Provides for taxable years 2020 through 2024 a nonrefundable tax credit against individual and corporate income taxes for (i) wages paid by an employer to an employee who is a Virginia National Guard member or (ii) income of a self-employed National Guard member attributable to his business. The amount of the credit shall be 25 percent if such member was in a military pay status for 65 days or more during such taxable year or 15 percent if such member was in a military pay status for 45 days or more during such taxable year. The credit shall not be allowed if such member was in a military pay status for less than 45 days during such taxable year.
HB 310 - Simonds - Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Commission; extends sunset provision. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Rules
(G) Approved by Governor-Chapter 419 (effective 7/1/20)03/23/20
notes: Extends the sunset provision of the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Commission from July 1, 2020, to July 1, 2023.
HB 333 - Krizek - Virginia Minimum Wage Act; exclusions. (H) Committee on Labor and Commerce

(S) Committee on Commerce and Labor
(S) Continued to 2021 in Commerce and Labor (14-Y 0-N 1-A)02/17/20
notes: Eliminates the exclusion in the Virginia Minimum Wage Act for persons whose earning capacity is impaired by physical deficiency, mental illness, or intellectual disability.
HB 338 - Price - Virginia Minimum Wage Act; removes exemption for persons employed in domestic service, etc. (H) Committee on Labor and Commerce(H) Continued to 2021 in Labor and Commerce02/06/20
notes: Removes the exemption from the Virginia Minimum Wage Act for persons employed in domestic service or in or about a private home or in an eleemosynary institution primarily supported by public funds.

HB 417 - Cole, J.G. - Employment; requiring the purchase or provision of materials. (H) Committee on Labor and Commerce(H) Left in Labor and Commerce02/11/20
notes: Prohibits any employer, including state or local government, from requiring any employee to purchase from the employer or any other person necessary or required for the employee to perform or complete the work for which he was hired. The measure also prohibits an employer from (i) requiring any employee to furnish, use, or provide at the employee's expense any necessary materials; (ii) deducting the cost or value of any necessary materials provided by the employer from the employee's wages or salary; or (iii) discharging or taking retaliatory action against an employee for certain actions related to a violation.
HB 418 - Cole, J.G. - Employees; paid earned sick leave, civil penalties. (H) Committee on Labor and Commerce(H) Incorporated by Labor and Commerce (HB898-Guzman)01/30/20
notes: Requires employers to provide earned sick leave to employees at a rate of one hour per 30 hours worked, up to 24 hours in any 12-month period. For employers with more than five employees, the employee is paid for sick leave taken; for employers with fewer than five employees, not more than 32 hours of sick leave in a year are required to be paid leave. The measure authorizes the Commissioner of Labor and Industry to impose a civil penalty of not more than $1,000 for a violation.
HB 431 - Scott - Geriatric prisoners; conditional release. (H) Committee on Public Safety(H) Left in Public Safety02/11/20
notes: Provides that any person serving a sentence imposed upon a conviction for a felony offense, other than a Class 1 felony, (i) who has reached the age of 65 or older and who has served at least five years of the sentence imposed or (ii) who has reached the age of 60 or older and who has served at least 10 years of the sentence imposed shall be granted conditional release. Under current law, such persons may petition the Parole Board for conditional release, which may be granted or denied.
HB 433 - Carroll Foy - Minimum wage; increases to $9 per hour effective January 1, 2020. (H) Committee on Labor and Commerce(H) Incorporated by Labor and Commerce (HB395-Ward)01/30/20
notes: Increases the minimum wage from its current federally mandated level of $7.25 per hour to $9.00 per hour effective January 1, 2021; to $11.00 per hour effective January 1, 2022; to $13 per hour effective January 1, 2023; and to $15.00 per hour effective January 1, 2024, unless a higher minimum wage is required by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Effective January 1, 2025, the minimum wage shall be adjusted annually to reflect annual increases in the consumer price index. The measure also provides that the Virginia minimum wage applies to persons whose employment is covered by the FLSA and to persons employed by the Commonwealth, its agencies or political subdivisions, or a public body.
HB 434 - Robinson - State parks; lifetime senior parking pass. (H) Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources(H) Left in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources02/11/20
notes: Directs the Department of Conservation and Recreation to establish a lifetime senior parking pass card that authorizes any person who has paid a one-time fee and has reached the age of 60 to park at any of Virginia's state parks without being required to pay a parking fee at any such park.
HB 565 - Bloxom - Driver privilege cards; penalty. (H) Committee on Transportation(H) Tabled in Transportation (14-Y 8-N)01/30/20
notes: Authorizes the issuance of new driver privilege cards by the Department of Motor Vehicles to an applicant who (i) has reported income from Virginia sources on an individual tax return filed with the Commonwealth in the preceding 12 months, (ii) is not in violation of the insurance requirements for the registration of an uninsured motor vehicle, and (iii) presents an unexpired passport. The bill provides that driver privilege cards shall confer the same privileges and shall be subject to the same provisions as driver's licenses and permits; however, driver privilege cards shall not (a) confer voting privileges, (b) permit an individual to waive any part of the driver examination, or (c) have their issuance be contingent upon the applicant's ability to produce proof of legal presence in the United States. The bill provides for the term "driver's license" to consistently refer to all driver's licenses, permits, driver privilege cards, and special identification cards issued by the Commonwealth or the comparable law of another jurisdiction. The bill allows the issuance of a limited-duration driver's license and special identification card to an applicant presenting valid documentary evidence that a federal court or federal agency having jurisdiction over immigration has authorized the applicant to be in the United States for a period of at least 30 days from the date of application. The bill authorizes the Tax Commissioner to provide to the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles information sufficient to verify that an applicant for a driver privilege card or permit reported income from Virginia sources on an individual tax return filed with the Commonwealth in the preceding 12 months. The bill has a delayed
HB 740 - Watts - Movie theaters; closed captioning. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions(H) Stricken from House calendar01/10/20
notes: Requires all movie theaters that are open to the general public to provide closed captioning at least twice per week on any film that is regularly shown, provided that such film is compatible with the closed captioning feature. The bill requires such movie theaters to provide notice to the general public regarding the availability of closed captioning, including the movies and viewing times at which closed captioning will be provided.
HB 775 - Ayala - Virginia College Savings Plan; analyzing current programs to encourage citizens to save. (H) Committee on Appropriations

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(G) Approved by Governor-Chapter 506 (effective 7/1/20)03/27/20
notes: Directs the governing board of the Virginia College Savings Plan (the Board) to establish the Multiple Employer Retirement Plan (the Plan). The Plan shall allow employees of private employers in the Commonwealth to contribute to a defined contribution retirement plan overseen by the Board. The bill allows all self-employed individuals, sole proprietors, and nongovernmental employers to allow their employees to participate in the Plan. It provides for automatic enrollment of an employer's employees if such employer chooses to participate in the Plan. The bill authorizes the Board to contract with third parties to implement and administer the Plan.

The Plan shall allow an enrollee to contribute to an account at a default rate and modify his contributions within the parameters of the Internal Revenue Code. The Plan allows but does not require a participating employer to contribute to the account of any enrollee. The bill prohibits the Commonwealth from guaranteeing a rate of return or interest rate on any contribution and indemnifies it from losses incurred through the Plan. The bill contains a reenactment clause and directs the Virginia College Savings Plan to analyze current state and federal retirement programs, other retirement savings options, costs, and the level of interest in such a plan. The Virginia College Savings Plan shall report its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly on or before December 15, 2020.
HB 782 - Mullin - Geriatric, terminally ill, etc., prisoners; conditional release. (H) Committee on Public Safety(H) Left in Public Safety02/11/20
notes: Provides that any person serving a sentence imposed upon a conviction for a felony offense, other than a Class 1 felony, who is terminally ill or permanently physically disabled is eligible for consideration by the Parole Board for conditional release. The bill also provides that any person serving such sentence (i) who is 65 years or age or older and has served at least five years of the sentence imposed or (ii) who is 60 years of age or older and has served at least 10 years of the sentenced imposed is eligible for consideration by the Parole Board for conditional release without the need to petition the Parole Board.
HB 798 - Delaney - Employment; prohibited retaliatory action. (H) Committee on Labor and Commerce

(S) Committee on the Judiciary
(G) Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 202003/20/20
notes: Prohibits an employer from discharging, disciplining, threatening, discriminating against, penalizing, or taking other retaliatory action against an employee regarding the employee's compensation, terms, conditions, location, or privileges of employment because the employee (i) reports a violation or suspected violation of any federal or state law or regulation to a supervisor or to any governmental body or law-enforcement official; (ii) is requested by a governmental body or law-enforcement official to participate in an investigation, hearing, or inquiry; (iii) refuses to engage in a criminal act that would subject the employee to criminal liability; (iv) refuses an employer's order to perform an action that the employee believes, which belief has an objective basis in fact, violates any federal or state law or regulation and the employee informs the employer that the order is being refused for that reason; or (v) provides information to or testifies before any governmental body or law-enforcement official conducting an investigation, hearing, or inquiry into any alleged violation by the employer of federal or state law or regulation. A person who alleges a violation of this chapter may bring a civil action seeking injunctive relief, reinstatement, and compensation for lost wages, benefits, and other remuneration.
HB 822 - Head - Health insurance; credentialing, health care or professional health-related services. (H) Committee on Labor and Commerce

(S) Committee on Commerce and Labor
(G) Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 202003/12/20
notes: Requires health insurers and other carriers that credential certain health professionals in their provider networks to establish reasonable protocols and procedures for reimbursing such a professional who has submitted a completed credentialing application to a carrier, within 15 days of being credentialed by the carrier, for services provided to covered persons during the period in which the applicant's completed credentialing application is pending. The bill makes this requirement applicable to a person, corporation, facility, or institution licensed by the Commonwealth to provide health care or professional services as a physician or hospital, dentist, pharmacist, registered nurse or licensed practical nurse or person who holds a multistate privilege to practice such nursing under the Nurse Licensure Compact, nurse practitioner, optometrist, podiatrist, physician assistant, chiropractor, physical therapist, physical therapy assistant, clinical psychologist, clinical social worker, professional counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed dental hygienist, health maintenance organization, or emergency medical care attendant or technician who provides services on a fee basis. Such a requirement exists in current law for participating physicians and participating mental health professionals but without a time limit for reimbursement. The bill applies the 15-day limit to such participating physicians and participating mental health professionals.
HB 915 - Sickles - Geriatric prisoners; conditional release. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice(H) Continued to 2021 in Courts of Justice01/31/20
notes: Allows any person serving a sentence imposed upon a conviction for a felony offense, other than a Class 1 felony, who (i) is 55 years of age or older and has served at least 15 years of the sentence imposed or (ii) is 50 years of age or older and has served at least 20 years of the sentence imposed, to petition the Parole Board for conditional release.
HB 1596 - Murphy - Workers' compensation; psychological injuries. (H) Committee on Labor and Commerce(H) Incorporated by Labor and Commerce (HB438-Heretick)02/06/20
notes: Provides that an employee who suffers a psychological injury from sudden shock and fright that arises out of and in the course of any employment shall have a compensable claim under the Virginia Workers' Compensation Act regardless of whether the incident that caused the sudden shock and fright is either a normal or expected part of the employee's work
HB 1656 - O'Quinn - Electric utilities; incentive programs for low-income customers. (H) Committee on Labor and Commerce

(S) Committee on Commerce and Labor
(G) Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 202003/17/20
notes: Electric utilities; incentive programs for low-income customers. Authorizes Dominion Virginia Power and American Electric Power to recover, through a rate adjustment clause, the costs of designing, implementing, and operating programs to provide incentives to low-income, elderly, and disabled individuals who participate in an energy conservation program, or to organizations providing residential services to such individuals, for the installation of, or access to, solar energy generating equipment. The measure also clarifies that these utilities shall submit a petition for approval to design, implement, and operate a separate three-year incentive program, in an amount not to exceed $25 million in the aggregate, to enable the installation of, or access to, solar energy equipment, that is in addition to the existing $25 million in incentives the utilities are required to provide over three years to low-income, elderly, and disabled individuals for energy conservation measures.
HB 1684 - Sickles - Public and private employers; earned paid sick time for employees. (H) Committee on Labor and Commerce(H) Incorporated by Labor and Commerce (HB898-Guzman)01/30/20
notes: Earned paid sick time. Requires public and private employers with 25 or more employees to provide those employees with earned paid sick time. The measure provides for an employee to earn at least one hour of paid sick leave benefit for every 30 hours worked. An employee shall not use more than 40 hours of earned paid sick time in a year, unless the employer selects a higher limit. Employees shall not be entitled to use accrued earned paid sick time until the ninetieth calendar day following commencement of their employment, unless otherwise permitted by the employer. The bill provides that earned paid sick time may be used (i) for an employee's mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition; an employee's need for medical diagnosis, care, or treatment of a mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition; or an employee's need for preventive medical care; (ii) to provide care to a family member under similar circumstances; (iii) when there is a closure of the employee's place of business or the employee's child's school or place of care due to a public health emergency; or (iv) when an employee's or employee's family member's presence in the community may jeopardize the health of others because of their exposure to a communicable disease. The bill authorizes the Commissioner of Labor and Industry, in the case of a knowing violation, to subject an employer to a civil penalty not to exceed $150 for the first violation, $300 for the second violation, and $500 for each successive violation, if the second or successive violation occurs within two years of the previous violation. The Commissioner of Labor and Industry may institute proceedings on behalf of an employee to enforce compli
HJ 24 - Cole, J.G. - United States Bureau of the Census; counting of incarcerated persons for redistricting purposes. (H) Committee on Rules(H) Tabled in Rules (18-Y 0-N)01/31/20
notes: Expresses the sense of the General Assembly that the United States Bureau of the Census should provide redistricting data that counts incarcerated persons in a manner consistent with the principles of "one person, one vote." Such redistricting data should count incarcerated individuals at their addresses of residence, rather than the address of the prison, during the 2020 and all future decennial censuses.
SB 7 - Saslaw - Minimum wage; increases to $9.50 per hour effective January 1, 2021. (H) Committee on Appropriations

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(G) Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 202003/20/20
notes: SEE HB 395
SB 48 - Spruill - Nonpayment of wages; discriminatory actions prohibited. (H) Committee on Labor and Commerce

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(G) Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 202003/12/20
notes: Prohibits an employer from discharging or otherwise discriminating against an employee because such employee has filed any complaint or instituted or caused to be instituted any proceeding related to the failure to pay wages, or has testified or is about to testify in any such proceeding. The measure authorizes the Commissioner of Labor and Industry to institute proceedings against an employer who has taken such prohibited discriminatory action. Available remedies include reinstatement of the employee, recovery of lost wages, and liquidated damages. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a general appropriation act.
SB 53 - Stanley - Social workers; licensure by endorsement. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Education and Health
(G) Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 202003/12/20
notes: Requires the Board of Social Work to establish in regulations the requirements for licensure by endorsement as a social worker. The bill allows the Board to issue licenses to persons licensed to practice social work under the laws of another state, the District of Columbia, or a United States possession or territory, if, in the opinion of the Board, the applicant meets the qualifications required of licensed social workers in the Commonwealth.
SB 73 - Locke - Minimum wage; increases to $10 per hour effective July 1, 2020, etc. (S) Committee on Commerce and Labor(S) Incorporated by Commerce and Labor (SB7-Saslaw) (14-Y 1-N)01/27/20
notes: Increases the minimum wage from its current federally mandated level of $7.25 per hour to $10 per hour effective July 1, 2020; to $13 per hour effective July 1, 2021; and to $15 per hour effective July 1, 2022, unless a higher minimum wage is required by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The measure also provides that the Virginia minimum wage applies to persons whose employment is covered by the FLSA and to public employees.
SB 78 - Howell - Minimum wage; pay based on work done. (H) Committee on Labor and Commerce

(S) Committee on Commerce and Labor
(G) Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 202003/12/20
notes: Eliminates the exemption to Virginia's minimum wage requirements for persons who normally work and are paid based on the amount of work done.
SB 81 - Marsden - Minimum wage; increases to $9.75 per hour, effective July 1, 2020, etc. (S) Committee on Commerce and Labor(S) Incorporated by Commerce and Labor (SB7-Saslaw) (14-Y 1-N)01/27/20
notes: Increases the minimum wage from its current federally mandated level of $7.25 per hour to $9.75 per hour, effective July 1, 2020; to $10.75 per hour, effective July 1, 2021; to $11.75 per hour, effective July 1, 2022; to $12.75 per hour, effective July 1, 2023; to $14 per hour, effective July 1, 2024; and to $15 per hour, effective July 1, 2025, unless a higher minimum wage is required by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The measure also provides that the Virginia minimum wage applies to persons whose employment is covered by the FLSA and to public employees.
SB 159 - Boysko - Public employment; prohibits discrimination on basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. (S) Committee on General Laws and Technology(S) Incorporated by General Laws and Technology (SB868-Ebbin) (14-Y 0-N)01/29/20
notes: Prohibits discrimination in public employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, as defined in the bill. The bill also codifies for state and local government employment the current prohibitions on discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, or status as a veteran.
SB 259 - Bell - Virginia Freedom of Information Act; library records. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(G) Approved by Governor-Chapter 587 (effective 7/1/20)03/31/20
notes: Clarifies that information contained in library records that can be used to identify any library patron who has borrowed or accessed material or resources from a library as well as the material or resources such patron borrowed or accessed is exempt from disclosure under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.
SB 413 - Cosgrove - Certificate of public need; criteria for determination of need. (S) Committee on Education and Health(S) Stricken at request of patron in Education and Health (15-Y 0-N)02/06/20
notes: Provides that, for the purpose of determining public need for a proposed project in cases in which a provider or affiliated group of providers holds a market share of 55 percent or more for a type of service or medical care facility in a planning district, a proposed project involving the same type of service or medical care facility in the same planning district shall be presumed to be a project that fosters institutional competition that benefits the area to be served while improving access to essential health care services for all persons in the area to be served, absent evidence to the contrary. The bill also provides that, for the purpose of determining public need for a proposed project in cases in which a provider or affiliated group of providers holds a market share of 85 percent or more, the proposed project shall be deemed to be a project that fosters institutional competition that benefits the area to be served while improving access to essential health care services for all persons in the area to be served.
SB 493 - Bell - Geriatric, terminally ill, etc., prisoners; conditional release. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(H) Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (9-Y 12-N)02/28/20
notes: Provides that any person serving a sentence imposed upon a conviction for a felony offense, other than a Class 1 felony, who is terminally ill or permanently physically disabled is eligible for consideration by the Parole Board for conditional release. The bill also provides that any person serving such sentence (i) who is 65 years or age or older and has served at least five years of the sentence imposed or (ii) who is 60 years of age or older and has served at least 10 years of the sentenced imposed is eligible for consideration by the Parole Board for conditional release without the need to petition the Parole Board.
SB 1069 - Barker - Public and private employers; earned paid sick time for employees. (S) Committee on Commerce and Labor(S) Incorporated by Commerce and Labor (SB481-Favola) (15-Y 0-N)02/03/20
notes: Requires public and private employers with 25 or more employees to provide those employees with earned paid sick time. The measure provides for an employee to earn at least one hour of paid sick leave benefit for every 30 hours worked. An employee shall not use more than 40 hours of earned paid sick time in a year, unless the employer selects a higher limit. Employees shall not be entitled to use accrued earned paid sick time until the ninetieth calendar day following commencement of their employment, unless otherwise permitted by the employer. The bill provides that earned paid sick time may be used (i) for an employee's mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition; an employee's need for medical diagnosis, care, or treatment of a mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition; or an employee's need for preventive medical care; (ii) to provide care to a family member under similar circumstances; (iii) when there is a closure of the employee's place of business or the employee's child's school or place of care due to a public health emergency; or (iv) when an employee's or employee's family member's presence in the community may jeopardize the health of others because of their exposure to a communicable disease. The bill authorizes the Commissioner of Labor and Industry, in the case of a knowing violation, to subject an employer to a civil penalty not to exceed $150 for the first violation, $300 for the second violation, and $500 for each successive violation, if the second or successive violation occurs within two years of the previous violation. The Commissioner of Labor and Industry may institute proceedings on behalf of an employee to enforce compliance with this measure
SB 1073 - McClellan - Virginia Food Access Investment Program and Fund; established and created, report. (H) Committee on Appropriations

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(G) Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 202003/17/20
notes: Creates the Virginia Food Access Investment Program and Fund to provide funding for the construction, rehabilitation, equipment upgrades, or expansion of grocery stores, small food retailers, and innovative food retail projects, defined in the bill, in underserved communities. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a general appropriation act.
SJ 87 - Reeves - Constitutional amendment; immunity of legislators (first reference). (S) Committee on Rules(S) Passed by indefinitely in Rules02/07/20
notes: Constitutional amendment (first resolution); immunity of legislators. Limits the immunity of legislators by allowing the arrest of a member of the General Assembly during the sessions of the respective houses upon issuance of process for arrest by a judge with authorization of the attorney for the Commonwealth or the law-enforcement agency having jurisdiction over the offense.