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New CDC Guidelines for COVID-19

New CDC Guidelines are currently under review by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Health. The Department will be issuing an FAQ regarding how the new CDC guidance will impact enforcement.

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Revocation of the Virginia Standard 16VAC25-220

On March 21, 2022, the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board adopted the final revocation of the Virginia Standard 16VAC25-220 for Infectious Disease Prevention of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus That Causes COVID-19 (“Virginia Standard”). The revocation will be effective upon publication in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, which is currently scheduled for March 23, 2022.

The Department’s Guidance Document on COVID-19 entitled: Guidance for Employers to Mitigate the Risk of COVID-19 to Workers will be published in the Virginia Register on March 28, 2022 (Volume 38:Issue 16) for a 30 day comment period in accordance with Va. Code § 2.2-4002.1.B. There will be a public comment forum starting on March 28, 2022 and ending April 27, 2022. Even if the Guidance Document later changes as a result of the public comment period, employers can rely upon the draft Guidance document in the interim.

Link to view Guidance Document: Guidance for Employers to Mitigate the Risk of COVID-19 to Workers

Federal OSHA Act of 1970

OSHA turns 50!

Federal OSHA turns 50!  Learn more about the agency’s five decades of progress.

Minimum Wage Increase

2022 Minimum Wage Increase

Effective January 1, 2022 the Virginia Minimum Wage will Increase to $11.00 an Hour.

VOSH Training Conference

2021 VOSH Training Conference

We would like to thank everyone who took part in the 2021 Conference. Please check back in the coming months for details about the 2022 Conference.

Virginia Overtime Wage law

July 1, 2021, the Virginia Overtime Wage Act, Va. Code § 40.1-29.2, goes into effect. This law requires employers in the Commonwealth to pay an overtime wage rate of one and a half times the regular rate for all hours worked in excess of 40 hours in a workweek.

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