News and Announcements
Virginia Department of Labor and Industry Recertifies Luminant Hopewell Power Plant as Voluntary Protection Program ‘STAR’ site
RICHMOND – Luminant Hopewell Power Plant has received recertification as a Virginia STAR Worksite under the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). This is the site’s 1st recertification since receiving certification in 2020.
Virginia Department of Labor and Industry receives federal grant funds to expand Registered Apprenticeship
RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) has been awarded a State Apprenticeship Expansion Formula (SAEF) grant by the U.S. Department of Labor to expand the Virginia Registered Apprenticeship program by creating opportunities for innovation, engagement and accessibility in Virginia.
Legislative Changes Virginia Employment and Child Labor Laws
RICHMOND, VA – Effective July 1, 2023, legislation passed by the General Assembly during the 2023 session will go into effect, which alter existing labor laws and create new protections for workers in the Commonwealth. These bi-partisan measures help advance Governor Glenn Youngkin’s goals of accelerating Virginia’s economy and keeping Virginians safe.
Notice of the Expiration of 16VAC15-60-10 (“Training Wage”)
The extension of Emergency Regulation 16VAC15-60. Regulation Governing On-The-Job Training Programs or Other Training Programs expired effective April 30, 2023. With the expiration of this emergency regulation, trainee employees not otherwise exempted from the Virginia minimum wage rate under § 40.1-28.9 Code of Virginia must be paid at a rate not less than the minimum wage rate(s) established under § 40.1-28.10 Code of Virginia
Any questions about the expiration of this emergency regulation or about minimum wages in Virginia should be directed to the Department’s Division of Labor and Employment Law at 804-786-2706 or at email@example.com.
Governor Youngkin Recognizes Virginia Workers’ Memorial Day
Commissioner Gary G. Pan announced today that Governor Glenn Youngkin has issued a proclamation recognizing April 28, 2023, as Worker Memorial Day in Virginia.
Notice of the Average Weekly Wage for 2023
Pursuant to Va. Code § 40.1-28.7:8, the term “Low-wage employee” as applied to covenants not to compete has been calculated by the Virginia Employment Commission to include all employees and independent contractors who earn an average of less than $1,343 per week.
Any employer who enters into, enforces, or threatens to enforce a covenant not to compete with any low-wage employee as defined by the statute will be in violation of the statute, and subject to a suit for damages, attorneys’ fees, and liquidated damages, and civil monetary penalties assessed by the Commissioner.
Additionally, the section contains a posting requirement for employers which advises, “Every employer shall post a copy of this section or a summary approved by the Department in the same location where other employee notices required by state or federal law are posted.”
Posting a copy of the Code will meet the requirements for notice to employees required under the law.