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This Web site provides information about the Commonwealth of Virginia's Labor and Employment laws.
The Virginia Labor and Employment Law Division protects important employees rights such as minimum wage. Through our Child Labor Division, we help ensure that young people have the opportunity to work in jobs that do not endanger them or interfere with their education.
The Labor and Employment Law Division investigates complaints alleging violations of labor laws, conducts settlement and informal conferences with employers to settle minimum wage disputes, prepares final orders and assesses civil money penalties against employers to gain compliance, assists in civil or criminal court actions against employers to gain compliance and administers the work permit program for all 14 and 15 year-old minors employed in the Commonwealth.
Speakers Bureau - The Labor and Employment Law Division has established a Speakers Bureau that can be a direct source of information and education concerning Virginia’s labor and employment laws. The bureau features speakers from the Division who are available to speak at your business or community event with presentations tailored to your organization’s topics of interest. If you would like to request a speaker please download a Speaker Request Form, select a topic and indicate the date and time for the presentation. Speaker Form
A new policy on Labor Law Employment Records Requests to address wage theft was announced by DOLI Commissioner C. Ray Davenport on May 2, 2016.
Labor and Employment Law Division Policy on the use of Administrative Subpoenas and Interrogatories Issued in Accordance with Va. Code §40.1-6(4) became effective on April 30, 2015.
Labor and Employment Law Division Policy on potential Individual Liability of the owner or one or more corporate officers for unpaid wages became effective on April 6, 2015.
Employment Certificate (Work Permit) Automated Application Process The Department of Labor and Industry announces the launch of an automated, employment certificate process in accordance with the General Assembly changes to §40.1-92 of the Code of Virginia effective July 1, 2013. Children and their parents no longer need to apply for an employment certificate at their school.