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Pro-business groups ask Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to delay raising minimum wage

Pro-business groups ask Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to delay raising minimum wage Pro-business groups are banding together in Virginia, asking Gov. Ralph Northam to delay raising the minimum wage and other legislation amid the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 27 groups are involved. They are asking to delay raising the minimum wage for at least […]

Braunlich: Delay these laws to accelerate economic recovery

Braunlich: Delay these laws to accelerate economic recovery Last week the Virginia Municipal League (VML), representing the Commonwealth’s city, town and county governments, urged Gov. Ralph Northam to delay legislation imposing new costs and unfunded mandates on them. They argued that the economic recession and uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic have made both prohibitive. […]

Schapiro: Pandemic thwarts progressive advances in Virginia

Schapiro: Pandemic thwarts progressive advances in Virginia In 1931, as the Great Depression erased jobs and pushed families into despair, Virginia’s political boss, Harry Byrd Sr., received some advice from a corporate leader cum confidant: Stand by the status quo. “We must,” tobacco man Billy Reed wrote Byrd, then a former governor and future U.S. senator, “keep […]

New Virginia COVID-19 workplace regulations approved without input from businesses

New Virginia COVID-19 workplace regulations approved without input from businesses Business advocates criticized the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry on Wednesday after its Health Codes Board voted to adopt sweeping regulations to curb the spread of COVID-19 without considering many of the concerns from business associations. With Wednesday’s vote, Virginia became the first state […]

Coronavirus pandemic may lead to manufacturing jobs returning to America

Coronavirus pandemic may lead to manufacturing jobs returning to America WASHINGTON (SBG) – With more than 16 million Americans filing for unemployment over the last three weeks, staggering numbers exceed even what we saw during the great recession of a decade ago. The Trump administration now recognizes the need — more urgently than ever for […]

Despite EPA decision, Virginia says polluters must ‘make every effort’ to comply with environmental regulations

Despite EPA decision, Virginia says polluters must ‘make every effort’ to comply with environmental regulations Virginia will not relax its enforcement of environmental regulations despite an announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week that it won’t impose civil penalties on polluting facilities that don’t comply with routine monitoring and reporting obligations during the coronavirus pandemic. “All […]

More FAQs: Here’s how to get a small business loan under the $349 billion aid bill

More FAQs: Here’s how to get a small business loan under the $349 billion aid bill A network of financial institutions is gearing up for one of the most ambitious economic relief programs in U.S. history as small businesses across the country weather the coronavirus and its fallout. The $2 trillion federal coronavirus relief package signed last […]

COVID-19 has resurrected single-use plastics – are they back to stay?

COVID-19 has resurrected single-use plastics – are they back to stay? COVID-19 is changing how the U.S. disposes of waste. It is also threatening hard-fought victories that restricted or eliminated single-use disposable items, especially plastic, in cities and towns across the nation. Our research group is analyzing how the pandemic has altered waste management strategies. Plastic-Free July, an annual […]

Governor to call ‘timeout’ on budget, suspend all new spending, use cash for essential services

Governor to call ‘timeout’ on budget, suspend all new spending, use cash for essential services Gov. Ralph Northam will suspend all new spending in the pending two-year, $135 billion state budget and divert planned deposits in the state’s reserves to pay for essential services in the public health and economic crises caused by the coronavirus […]

Virginia brewers, distillers, and distributors band together in hand sanitizer effort

Virginia brewers, distillers, and distributors band together in hand sanitizer effort RICHMOND, Va. — Alcohol producers and distributors from across the Commonwealth are banding together in a unified effort to produce and distribute hand sanitizer during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Virginia Distillers Association, Virginia Craft Brewers Guild, Virginia Beer Wholesalers Association, Virginia Association of Cider […]

Shipyard moves to two shifts in bid to reduce COVID-19 risk

Shipyard moves to two shifts in bid to reduce COVID-19 risk Newport News Shipbuilding will move from running three shifts to two as part of its continuing effort to reduce the risk of spreading the new corona virus. The change, which will take effect May 4, will not involve layoffs, spokesman Duane Bourne said on […]

UVa Medical Center staff create virus-battling robot

UVa Medical Center staff create virus-battling robot When inside-the-box thinking doesn’t cut it, you need to get out of it. Staff at the University of Virginia Medical Center threw away convention to find a way to extend the life of personal protective equipment in the face of the highly communicable and deadly virus, SARS-CoV-2. With […]

First on WTOP: Lawsuits claim Northam’s COVID-19 orders unconstitutional

First on WTOP: Lawsuits claim Northam’s COVID-19 orders unconstitutional A pair of lawsuits filed Tuesday are asking Virginia and federal courts to find unconstitutional Gov. Ralph Northam’s ongoing COVID-19 executive orders restricting businesses in the commonwealth. The suits were filed by lawyer and Virginia state Sen. J. Chapman “Chap” Petersen, D-Fairfax, on behalf of his […]

Medtronic is sharing its portable ventilator specifications and code for free to all

Medtronic is sharing its portable ventilator specifications and code for free to all Healthcare and biomedical engineering company Medtronic  was in the news recently because Tesla CEO Elon Musk had discussions with the company about the automaker’s potential plans to build ventilator hardware in order to address the COVID-19 crisis. Today it’s doing something potentially far more impactful. […]

Philip Morris Says No Employee Will Be Laid Off During Pandemic

Philip Morris Says No Employee Will Be Laid Off During Pandemic In a show of deep support for its employees, Philip Morris International (PMI) Inc. announced on April 9 a series of commitments to its employees. The largest pledge is that the company will not terminate the employment of any employee during this crisis period, […]

US to Temporarily Relax Hand Sanitizer Purity Rules

US to Temporarily Relax Hand Sanitizer Purity Rules FDA said they would allow more impurities in alcohol-based hand sanitizer. In a statement from the Food and Drug Administration, the federal government announced it would relax regulations on impurities in alcohol-based hand sanitizer. The move, announced today by FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D., is intended […]

Virginia becomes first state to adopt COVID-19 worker safety rules

Virginia becomes first state to adopt COVID-19 worker safety rules Virginia became the first state in the nation to adopt mandatory workplace safety rules to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, a step backed by some labor groups but opposed by a coalition of business organizations. The state’s Safety and Health Codes Board voted 9-2 […]

Statewide emergency workplace standards adopted

Statewide emergency workplace standards adopted RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) — Virginia has adopted statewide emergency workplace standards in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Ralph Northam announced on Wednesday that the Commonwealth is the first state in the nation to do this to protect workers. According to a release, these rules mandate appropriate personal protective […]

Recession Could Delay Virginia Minimum Wage Increase

Recession Could Delay Virginia Minimum Wage Increase Business groups and Virginia’s cities and counties are asking Gov. Ralph Northam to hit pause on a proposed minimum wage hike. Advocates, meanwhile, argue it’s more timely than ever. It’s still unclear whether Northam is willing to walk back one of Democratic lawmakers’ proudest achievements in the face […]

DuPont employees in Chesterfield work in fight against coronavirus

DuPont employees in Chesterfield work in fight against coronavirus CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — Workers at the DuPont Spruance Manufacturing site in Chesterfield County have ramped up production of a material crucial for first responders and their fight against the coronavirus. Vice President and General Manager of DuPont Safety John Richard said production of Tyvek material […]

Jethro Tull Hand Sanitizer

Jethro Tull Hand Sanitizer The small businesses in Virginia today received a major endorsement for their hand sanitizer project from progressive rock and roll legend Ian Anderson, founding member of the band Jethro Tul for their efforts producing  an all “made in America” hand sanitizer. The Virginia Hand Sanitizer consortium coordinated by the Center for Applied Innovation, LLC […]

McClung Companies and Virginia Manufacturers Association Partner to Create PPE Sourcing Center

McClung Companies and Virginia Manufacturers Association Partner to Create PPE Sourcing Center RICHMOND, VA — The Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) and McClung Companies announced today the creation of a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Sourcing Center. This partnership arrives as a direct response to shortages in the PPE supply-chain due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “As we […]

How to Reopen Your Business as Safely as Possible During COVID-19

How to Reopen Your Business as Safely as Possible During COVID-19 By David Pong, M.D., for PartnerMD As we reach the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, most businesses are planning for how to reopen safely during COVID-19. Even as we start to see a decline in new cases, it will be important to wait several weeks […]

COVID Regs Unclear, Unneeded, Contradictory

COVID Regs Unclear, Unneeded, Contradictory By Steve Haner More than two dozen Virginia business associations have asked that the state’s Safety and Health Codes Board reject proposed workplace regulations to prevent COVID-19, stating they are unclear, contradictory, and not needed in light of other existing worker protections. Some of the largest statewide associations, such as […]

JETHRO TULL’s IAN ANDERSON Endorses ‘Made In America’ Hand Sanitizer

JETHRO TULL’s IAN ANDERSON Endorses ‘Made In America’ Hand Sanitizer The small businesses in Virginia today received a major endorsement for their hand sanitizer project from progressive rock and roll legend Ian Anderson, founding member of the band JETHRO TULL, for their efforts producing a “made in America” hand sanitizer. The Virginia Hand Sanitizer consortium coordinated by […]

EDITORIAL: Gov. Northam, veto anti-business bills

EDITORIAL: Gov. Northam, veto anti-business bills DURING a webinar with Virginia business leaders on Thursday moderated by Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce CEO Susan Spears, Gov. Ralph Northam was asked whether he would either veto or at least delay the implementation of a number of bills passed by the General Assembly that would impose increased […]

GENEDGE Leverages Federal CARES Act Appropriation to Accelerate Statewide Response for Reshoring Critical Industries in Virginia

GENEDGE Leverages Federal CARES Act Appropriation to Accelerate Statewide Response for Reshoring Critical Industries in Virginia MARTINSVILLE, Va., July 2, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — GENEDGE announced this week that its proposal for a grant from the GO Virginia Economic Resilience and Recovery Program, with GO Virginia Region One serving as the lead applicant and the endorsement of all […]

Virginia Passes First-In-Nation OSHA Standard for COVID-19

Virginia Passes First-In-Nation OSHA Standard for COVID-19 In a split vote, the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board passed a first-in-the-nation standard to address COVID-19 in workplaces. by Courtney M. Malveaux, Principal, Jackson Lewis P.C. Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH), the state’s version of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), will enforce a […]

Philip Morris USA plans to reopen Richmond cigarette factory with limited staffing next week

Philip Morris USA plans to reopen Richmond cigarette factory with limited staffing next week After suspending operations at its massive cigarette factory in South Richmond about 10 days ago because of the coronavirus outbreak, Philip Morris USA is now planning a limited restart of production at the plant next week. The company, a subsidiary of […]

Molson Coors pledges $1 million to support bartenders affected by COVID-19 pandemic; Miller Lite encourages others to follow suit

Molson Coors pledges $1 million to support bartenders affected by COVID-19 pandemic; Miller Lite encourages others to follow suit Molson Coors Beverage Co. today pledged $1 million to the United States Bartenders’ Guild, a nonprofit that supports bartenders and other service industry professionals, millions of whom are out of work due to widespread closures precipitated […]

The “Small Business Exemption” to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA): Who Qualifies? And What is the Exemption?

The “Small Business Exemption” to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA): Who Qualifies? And What is the Exemption? Many employers are aware that when Congress initially passed the FFCRA, it allowed the Secretary of the Department of Labor (DOL) to issue later rules exempting employers with fewer than 50 employees (“small business”) from its […]

UPDATE: Northam orders recreational businesses to remain closed until May 8

UPDATE: Northam orders recreational businesses to remain closed until May 8 Recreational businesses in Virginia, including gyms and movie theaters, will remain closed under the state’s order until May 8, Gov. Ralph Northam said Wednesday. Northam expanded an executive order issued on March 23 that was slated to expire April 23. Northam said he based […]

Eastman responds to COVID-19

As part of the world’s response to COVID-19, Eastman has worked on producing protective equipment, including rapidly producing film to partner with Patrick Henry Community College and get protective face shields into the hands of medical personnel in Virginia. View the full press release here.

Virginia Businesses Petition for Democratic Process

Virginia Businesses Petition for Democratic Process RICHMOND, VA – A diverse group of 29 business trade associations have petitioned Governor Northam to require greater transparency and democratic processes for local government decisions pertaining to COVID-19 phase progression.   The coalition letter states that: Virginia’s businesses have committed to the most stringent public health and safety […]

29 business trade associations ask Gov. Northam for more transparency, ‘democratic process’ in reopening

29 business trade associations ask Gov. Northam for more transparency, ‘democratic process’ in reopening RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — A group of 29 business trade associations in the state are petitioning Gov. Ralph Northam to include more “transparency and democratic processes” in his decisions to reopen the state in phases. The state is in the process […]

General Assembly poised to delay minimum wage increase during reconvened session

General Assembly poised to delay minimum wage increase during reconvened session Landmark legislation to boost the state’s minimum wage — long out of reach for Democratic lawmakers when Republicans controlled the legislature — faces further delay Wednesday. This time, it’s at the hands of Democrats grappling with the economic ramifications of COVID-19. “I’m disappointed. I’m […]

Philip Morris USA suspending Richmond manufacturing operations after second coronavirus case

Philip Morris USA suspending Richmond manufacturing operations after second coronavirus case A second Philip Morris USA employee has tested positive for COVID-19. Henrico County-based Altria Group Inc. has temporarily suspended operations at its Philip Morris USA manufacturing center in South Richmond after a second Philip Morris employee tested positive for COVID-19, Altria Director of Communications […]

Virginia Department of Health Confirms Third “Presumptive Positive” Case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in State

Virginia Department of Health Confirms Third “Presumptive Positive” Case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in State FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 9, 2020 Media Contact: Kurt Larrick, klarrick@arlingtonva.us Virginia Department of Health Confirms Third “Presumptive Positive” Case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in State (Richmond, VA.) – The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced that an Arlington County resident […]

COMMENTARY: The truth behind Virginia’s proposed COVID workplace regulations

COMMENTARY: The truth behind Virginia’s proposed COVID workplace regulations By Nicole Riley and Brett Vassey A PANEL of unelected citizens and agency chiefs who make up Virginia’s Safety and Health Codes Board are about rush into place an emergency workplace regulation that will impact every business in the commonwealth with little input from those who […]

Grocers seek veto of plastic bag tax, saying reusable bags pose coronavirus risk

Grocers seek veto of plastic bag tax, saying reusable bags pose coronavirus risk RICHMOND — Some supermarkets are urging Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to veto a bill meant to discourage the use of throwaway plastic grocery bags, saying the nudge toward reusable totes could contribute to the spread of coronavirus. The Virginia Food Industry Association […]

Richmond startup awarded $354 million federal contract to make ingredients for COVID-19 drugs

Richmond startup awarded $354 million federal contract to make ingredients for COVID-19 drugs A new Richmond-based pharmaceutical manufacturing company has received a $354 million federal contract to help build a strategic, national reserve of essential medications and to make active ingredients for more than a dozen medicines used to treat patients with COVID-19. And the […]

VMA & Women in Manufacturing (WiM) Virginia Announce Inaugural Virtual Golf Tournament

VMA & Women in Manufacturing (WiM) Virginia Announce Inaugural Virtual Golf Tournament RICHMOND, VA — The Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) and Women in Manufacturing (WiM) Virginia are hosting an inaugural WiM-Virginia Virtual Golf Tournament during the month of May. This tournament is a fun way for manufacturers, suppliers, and WiM supporters to stay connected and […]

Mack Trucks, Volvo Trucks suspend production amid coronavirus battle

Mack Trucks, Volvo Trucks suspend production amid coronavirus battle (This story was updated March 23) Greensboro-based Mack Trucks has temporarily suspended production at its Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania plant to help protect employees from coronavirus, according to The Morning Call of Allentown. The plant employs 2,050 in two shifts. The temporary suspension, which began on March 19, will […]

Virginia becomes first state to adopt COVID-19 worker safety rules

Virginia becomes first state to adopt COVID-19 worker safety rules Virginia has adopted the nation’s first COVID-19 workplace safety regulations. On a 9-2 vote Wednesday, the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry’s Safety and Health Code Board approved emergency regulations requiring employers to enforce social distancing measures and face coverings for employees who interact with […]

VOSH PUBLISHES EMERGENCY TEMPORARY STANDARD FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASE PREVENTION: EFFECTIVE DATE OF JULY 27, 2020

News Release: VIRGINIA OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH PROGRAM PUBLISHES EMERGENCY TEMPORARY STANDARD FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASE PREVENTION: SARS-COV-2 VIRUS THAT CAUSES COVID-19, WITH AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF JULY 27, 2020 COVID-19 ETS News Release 7.23.2020    

Virginia Business Comments: Proposed Emergency Regulation to Prevent Infectious Disease in the Workplace Highly Flawed

Proposed Emergency Regulation to Prevent Infectious Disease in Workplace Highly Flawed Rushed approval questioned–similar regulation already rejected by Federal Court RICHMOND (June 23, 2020) – At a meeting of the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry’s Health Codes Board on Wednesday emergency regulations on workplace safety will be considered in a hurried process that lacks […]

Industry groups, GOP senators hope to roll back bills they consider bad for businesses

Industry groups, GOP senators hope to roll back bills they consider bad for businesses A consortium of 27 industry groups, the Coalition for a Strong Virginia Economy, want Gov. Ralph Northam to delay enacting several bills passed in the last legislative session that it believes will further harm businesses already crippled by actions taken to […]

Employee tests positive for coronavirus at McKee Foods in Stuarts Draft

Employee tests positive for coronavirus at McKee Foods in Stuarts Draft STUARTS DRAFT — An employee at McKee Foods in Stuarts Draft tested positive for COVID-19, company spokesperson Mike Gloekler said. The employee received their positive test results on Friday, March 27 and notified McKee, Gloekler said. The company was not previously made aware that the employee was […]