Last year, we discussed several major changes made to Virginia employment laws that provided new protections and rights to employees. Once again, another significant change will occur on July 1, 2021 when Virginia’s new Overtime Wage Act (HB 2063) takes effect. In large part, this new law follows the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)’s overtime protections by requiring employers to pay time and half of the employee’s regular rate of pay to employees who work in excess of 40 hours in a workweek. However, in several key ways, the new Virginia law will expand Virginia employers’ potential exposure with respect to wage and hour claims.
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[UPDATE: The California Labor Commissioner updated its FAQs in April to provide further clarification as to when employees may use COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave (COVID-19 SPSL). Highlights from the updated guidance include:

  • For employees to receive COVID-19 SPSL due to daycare closures, the closure must have been a total or partial closure that occurred on or after January 1, 2021, and rendered the care unavailable, because of COVID-19 on the premises.
  • An employee may receive COVID-19 SPSL if they are caring for a family member either because the family member has been advised by a medical professional to stay home due to COVID-19, or the family member is subject to a COVID-19 related quarantine or isolation period.
  • Employers must provide COVID-19 SPSL immediately upon the eligible employee’s oral or written request.]

On March 19, 2021 Governor Newsom signed into law SB 95 (adding sections 248.2 and 248.3 to the Labor Code), which requires employers to pay California employees up to two weeks of COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave (COVID-19 SPSL).

This new law revives and expands the supplemental paid sick leave law that expired on December 31, 2020. As a result of these changes from the prior iteration of California’s Supplemental Paid Sick Leave law, many more California employers will be required to provide, and many more employees will be eligible for, COVID-19 SPSL.
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