Minimum Wage Proposals Fail in Virginia House

Date: February 16, 2016 Last Edit: February 17, 2016

Thwarted bills mean better bottom lines for small businesses.

Minimum Wage Proposals Fail in Virginia House

Opposing national Labor initiatives is a top priority for NFIB/Virginia in 2016, and already one of these key issues has fallen in the Virginia House: a minimum wage increase.

Four bills—HB 597, HB 623, HB 995 and HB988—aiming to raise the minimum wage in Virginia came before the House Commerce and Labor Committee, and all were defeated in a 6-4 vote.

Another bill, HB 7, sought to guarantee paid sick leave for certain employees in Virginia, was also killed in a 6-4 vote.

This is great news for small businesses, which are disproportionately impacted by such government mandates. In addition to minimum wage increases and mandated paid sick leave, NFIB is ready to represent small business interests on other potential Labor initiatives that have been hot issues nationwide, including equal pay for equal work and severe worker misclassification penalties.

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