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Comments Off on Facing Economic Turmoil, Virginia Businesses Ask Lawmakers to Approve Delay in Costly Mandates   |   Legislative

Facing Economic Turmoil, Virginia Businesses Ask Lawmakers to Approve Delay in Costly Mandates

Facing Economic Turmoil, Virginia Businesses Ask Lawmakers to Approve Delay in Costly Mandates As the General Assembly prepares to reconvene in session next Wednesday, a group of 29 Virginia business organizations called the Coalition for a Strong Virginia Economy, sent a letter to lawmakers asking they approve the Governor’s recent amendments to eight bills. Those […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Comments Off on The “Small Business Exemption” to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA): Who Qualifies? And What is the Exemption?   |   COVID19, Legislative

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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]