Virginia Special Session
July 29, 2021

Virginia Special Session

As a reminder, Governor Northam has called a Special Session of the General Assembly to begin on August 2nd. There is not currently an end date sate for the Session. The General Assembly will be taking up the Governor's proposed budget amendments regarding the spending of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) federal funding that Virginia received. They will also be voting on Judges during the Special Session. VRF will keep you informed as things progress during the Special Session. Please be on the lookout for potential Action Alerts on important issues that could impact the Retail Industry. VRF’s priority issues will be requesting that the General Assembly use ARPA funds to shore up the Unemployment Trust Fund. If this is done, it will prevent a huge payroll tax increase for all employers across the Commonwealth. Virginia Employment Commission recently reported Virginia businesses’ payroll taxes will quadruple in January 2022. Payroll taxes are expected to soar next year from an average of $90 per employee to $360 per employee. It is critical that the General Assembly invest significant ARPA funds to the Unemployment Trust Fund to prevent this from happening. The Governor has announced that he would like the General Assembly to…
ACTION ALERT: Oppose the ‘Worst Bill in Congress’
April 27, 2021

ACTION ALERT: Oppose the ‘Worst Bill in Congress’

Pro-union advocates are pushing Senator Mark Warner to cosponsor the ‘worst bill in Congress’. It’s called the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act) and contains dozens of extreme labor proposals that threaten businesses and diminish employees’ rights to privacy. So far, Sen. Warner is one of only three Democrats who has chosen to listen to the small business community. He has NOT co-sponsored the PRO Act. However, labor unions are putting significant pressure on Sen. Warner to support this damaging legislation. One of the worst aspects of this legislation is that it would eliminate Virginia’s Right-to-Work law. Virginia’s Right-to-Work (RTW) law was established on January 12, 1947, and is the 5th oldest RTW statute in the United States. It guarantees that no person can be compelled, as a condition of employment, to join or not to join, nor to pay dues to a labor union. Virginia’s RTW also assures that no person or organization may use intimidation, use of force, the threat of use of force, reprisal or threat of reprisal, or interrupt the work of any employee. Tell Sen. Warner today to stand with Virginia businesses and oppose the PRO Act.   TAKE ACTION    
About Virginia Retail Federation
December 08, 2020

About Virginia Retail Federation

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We Stand For

December 07, 2020

PRO-BUSINESS LEGISLATION

by Megan Way

VRF’s legislative policy guides our positions on issues at the General Assembly and is centered around a pro-business approach. You will see that the majority of the bills in this report are opposed by the VRF, which is typical for every year at the General Assembly. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Fight Against

December 07, 2020

industry-specific taxes

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December 07, 2020

reporting requirements for business

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mandates on business

by Megan Way

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Opening employers up to a private cause of action

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