Election day is November 8, 2016 and we wanted to make sure that VRF members are aware of the constitutional amendment that will be on this year'€™s ballot. This proposed amendment would add €œright to work to our constitution rather than just having it in the Code of Virginia; making it much harder to change labor laws in the future. If it remains just in the code, it only takes legislative action to change Virginia from being a €œright to work€ state.

The language that will appear on the ballot:

Should Article I of the Constitution of Virginia be amended to prohibit any agreement or combination between an employer and a labor union or labor organization whereby (i) nonmembers of the union or organization are denied the right to work for the employer, (ii) membership to the union or organization is made a condition of employment or continuation of employment by such employer, or (iii) the union or organization acquires an employment monopoly in any such enterprise?

Virginia Retail Federation supports Virginia remaining a right to work state and wants to make sure that our members are aware of this important ballot initiative, so remember, vote yes!

Find more information in this News Leader Article.

The DOL's new rule on overtime will go into effect December 1, 2016. However, the House recently passed legislation that seeks to delay the effective date of the new rule until June 2017.

While this is a great step forward, this legislation still must pass in the Senate. There is not much time for the Senate to get the legislation passed before December 1st. This is because Congress has adjourned until after the election. The Senate will essentially have 6 voting days to get this legislation passed. The likelihood of it passing in that short amount of time isn't great, but there is always a possibility.

Plan for the new rule to be effective as of December 1, 2016.

Read an overview of the new Overtime Rule...

As you know, the new overtime rules are due to go into effect December 1. There are now less than 100 days before retailers must be compliant with the new rules.

Congress has two options of legislation to provide relief from the rule: S. 2707/H.R. 4773, the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act, which would hit pause€ on the rule; or H.R. 5813, the Overtime Reform and Enhancement Act, which would phase in the salary increase.

Congress has not heard nearly enough from retailers, small businesses, non-profits, and universities about the challenges of this rule and the unions are expected to be very active after Labor Day touting the benefits of the new rule.

We know many of you have reached out already and we are asking that you do so again on the very important issue. For an alert to help you reach out to your representative in Congress, click here.

View upcoming seminars on the DOL's new overtime rules, click here.
The Virginia Retail Federation invites Governor McAuliffe, Lieutenant Governor Northam, Attorney General Herring, Governor's Cabinet Members, Legislators and their aides to connect with Virginia retailers and the business community.

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