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ACTION ALERT: STOP MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE

Minimum wage legislation is to be heard next week. Stop minimum wage from increasing to $15 an hour.

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VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2020

 

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Oppose Minimum Wage Increase

Minimum wage legislation is to be heard next week. Stop minimum wage from increasing to $15 an hour. Please contact your legislators immediately and urge them to oppose such a drastic increase.

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Mandated Paid Leave

Several bills have been introduced to mandate paid leave by employers. They vary in how this is accomplished, but all will create a one size fits all approach to leave which could be detrimental to the Retail Industry.

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Elimination of Right to Work

Legislation has been introduced to eliminate the Right to Work law in Virginia. This will allow unions to have a strong-hold in the Commonwealth. Which could negatively impact the employer/employee relationship in the Retail Industry.

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General Assembly Update - February 18, 2020

Minimum Wage

As reported last week, both the House and the Senate each have their own version of a Minimum Wage bill which has passed their respective body. HB 395 and SB 7 are the two vehicles for Minimum Wage increase. SB 7, as passed on the Senate Floor, is the version that contains some of the mitigation factors the business community sought. As of this report, HB 395 has been conformed to SB 7 (meaning it now looks just like SB 7) and will now be heard on the Senate Floor. It is likely to pass the Senate in that form, however, the House will most likely reject those amendments once it comes back to them and the bill will end up in Conference. 

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Virginia Retail by the Numbers

 

1,057,777
Jobs Supported by Retail
87,997

Retail Establishments
$63.5 (b)
Total GDP Impact
767,243
Direct Retail Employment
$20,545 (m)
Direct Labor Income
$30,927 (m) 
Direct Impact on GDP

 

source: National Retail Federation

 

 

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