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Virginia governor signs misclassification legislation; seeks minimum wage hike delay

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed nearly two dozen workforce-related laws, including legislation to combat worker misclassification and wage theft, ban workplace discrimination, and prohibit non-compete covenants for low-wage workers.

Additionally, Northam is proposing that the effective date of a statewide pay-basement increase be pushed back to May 1, 2021; it is currently scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1. Lawmakers will need to address the proposal when they reconvene, which is currently expected April 22.

The measures signed into law pertaining to independent classification:

Other legislation signed into law by Northam opens up avenues for employees to recover unpaid wages and prohibits non-compete contracts for low-wage workers.

For a complete list of legislation signed by Northam, click here [1].