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HB 240 - Rasoul - Wage or salary history; inquiries prohibited, civil penalty. (H) Committee on Commerce and Labor(H) Assigned C & L sub: Subcommittee #201/17/18
notes: Prohibits a prospective employer from (i) requiring as a condition of employment that a prospective employee provide or disclose the prospective employee's wage or salary history or (ii) attempting to obtain the wage or salary history of a prospective employee from the prospective employee's current or former employers. Violations are subject to a civil penalty not to exceed $100 per violation.
HB 259 - Habeeb - Payment of wages; remedies, penalties. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice(H) Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice01/18/18
notes: Expands the information an employer is required to provide to its employees when wages are paid to include the name and address of the employer, the number of hours worked during the pay period, and the rate of pay. The measure prohibits an employer from taking retaliatory action against an employee, and an employee who has been discharged or discriminated against may file a complaint with the Department of Labor and Industry and seek appropriate remedies. The measure authorizes the Commissioner of Labor and Industry to institute proceedings on behalf of an employee to enforce compliance with the prohibition on retaliatory actions and collect on behalf of the employee three times the amount of unpaid wages and three times the amount of wages the employee would have earned absent the prohibited discrimination. The Commission is further authorized to assess and collect a civil penalty of no less than $2,500 and no more than $10,000 per employee subject to the prohibited discrimination. Finally, the measure authorizes the Department to conduct investigations on behalf of other employees if it learns that other employees of the same employer are not being paid wages.
HB 626 - Ayala - Wages; limiting employees' sharing of information prohibited, civil penalty. (H) Committee on Commerce and Labor(H) Assigned C & L sub: Subcommittee #201/17/18
notes: Prohibits an employer from requiring, as a condition of employment, that an employee refrain from inquiring about, discussing, or disclosing information about the employee's own wages or about any other employee's wages. The measure also prohibits an employer from taking retaliatory action against an employee for sharing such information. Violations are subject to a civil penalty of $100.
HB 715 - Plum - Minimum wage; increases to $10.10 per hour effective January 1, 2019, etc. (H) Committee on Rules(H) Referred to Committee on Rules01/09/18
notes: Increases the minimum wage from its current federally mandated level of $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour effective January 1, 2019, unless a higher minimum wage is required by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Effective January 1, 2021, the minimum wage shall be adjusted biennially to reflect annual increases in the consumer price index over the two most recent calendar years. 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 724 - Plum - Virginia Public Procurement Act; amends prompt payment provisions, etc. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Referred to Committee on General Laws01/09/18
notes: Amends the prompt payment provisions of the Virginia Public Procurement Act by changing the definition of "payment date" from 30 days to 15 days after receipt of a proper invoice by the state agency, where a contract does not specify the payment date.
HB 781 - Keam - Virginia Open Data Initiative Act; created, report. (H) Committee on Science and Technology(H) Referred to Committee on Science and Technology01/09/18
notes: Creates the Virginia Open Data Initiative Act to increase public awareness of and access to the data created by and available from state agencies. The bill provides for appointment by the Governor of a Chief Data Officer to maintain the official website of the Commonwealth of Virginia as a dedicated open data website. The bill requires the Chief Data Officer to oversee the establishment of procedures, standards, and best practices regarding the appropriate access and presentation of open data and datasets by each agency, including the development of a dataset format standard and ensuring that the datasets are accessible in a nonproprietary, machine-readable format that is compliant with state and federal law. The bill also provides for the Chief Data Officer to submit by December 31, 2019, a written report to the Governor and the General Assembly consisting of (i) the progress made on the implementation of the provisions of the bill, (ii) the effectiveness in providing open data and datasets to the public and among agencies, and (iii) the feasibility of expanding the open data initiative to the legislative and judicial branches of government.
HB 912 - Simon - Wages and salaries; eliminates payment by prepaid cards, etc., without employee's consent. (H) Committee on Commerce and Labor(H) Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor01/09/18
notes: Eliminates the ability of an employer to pay wages and salaries to an employee by credit to a prepaid debit card or card account without the employee's consent. Under current law, an employer may pay wages and salaries to an employee by credit to a prepaid debit card or card account without the employee's consent if the employee does not designate an account at a financial institution to which payment may be sent by automated fund transfer. This measure allows payment of wages to be made by credit to a prepaid debit card or card account if the employee affirmatively consents and the employer discloses any applicable fees. The measure applies to individuals newly hired on or after July 1, 2018.
HB 972 - Guzman - Income tax, state; increases deduction for senior citizens. (H) Committee on Finance(H) Referred to Committee on Finance01/09/18
notes: Increases the income tax deduction for seniors from $12,000 to $13,000. The bill also indexes for inflation the existing income thresholds of $50,000 for single taxpayers and $75,000 for married taxpayers filing jointly. Under current law, the deduction is phased out for taxpayers with adjusted federal adjusted gross income above the threshold. The increase in the deduction and the indexing for inflation shall occur starting with taxable year 2019.
HB 1403 - Campbell - Electronic wills. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice(H) Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #201/18/18
notes: Electronic wills.
HJ 15 - McQuinn - Community gardens; Sec. of HHR to study use of gardens to eliminate food deserts in Commonwealth. (H) Committee on Rules(H) Assigned Rules sub: Subcommittee #101/19/18
notes: Requests the Secretary of Health and Human Resources to study use of community gardens as a method of eliminating food deserts in the Commonwealth. In conducting the study, the Secretary is requested to (i) examine options for increasing access to healthy and affordable food products for low-income and poor citizens and impoverished communities throughout the Commonwealth and (ii) evaluate the benefits of and barriers to use of community gardens as an option for increasing access to healthy and affordable food for products for low-income and poor citizens and impoverished communities throughout the Commonwealth and develop recommendations for overcoming such barriers. The Secretary of Health and Human Resources must submit his findings and recommendations to the 2019 Regular Session of the General Assembly.
SB 692 - Deeds - Disabled parking placards; certification by mental health professional to DMV a person's disability. (S) Committee on Transportation(S) Referred to Committee on Transportation01/10/18
notes: Allows mental health professionals to certify to the Department of Motor Vehicles a person's disability that limits or impairs his ability to walk, for the purpose of obtaining a disabled parking placard. The bill contains technical amendments.
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