FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 1/31/2020
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Landmark Legislation to Combat Worker Exploitation Championed by Del. Delaney Passes the House of Delegates
(RICHMOND, VA) - HB 984, HB 798, and HB 800, introduced by Delegate Delaney (D- Chantilly), have passed the Virginia House of Delegates and are headed to the Senate. HB 984 protects Virginia’s workers from misclassification, and allows the employee to bring a civil action for damages against an employer for failing to properly classify the employee. HB 798 prohibits an employer from seeking retaliatory action against an employee for reporting a violation, refusing to engage in a criminal act, or refusing to obey an employer's order to perform any unlawful acts. HB 800 requires every employer to disclose information to every employee regarding terms of employment, rate of pay and payday, and to notify its employees in writing of any changes to this information. This legislation is essential in defending workers’ rights in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
“I am proud of what we have accomplished in the House of Delegates today,” said Delegate Delaney. “I look forward to seeing the same success in the Senate, as we continue to work to create a more equitable economy in the Commonwealth. It is our responsibility as elected officials to protect Virginia’s workers from unfair discriminatory business practices by employers.”
Del. Delaney has introduced legislation related to clean energy policy, veteran benefits, protections for survivors of sexual assault, human trafficking, traffic congestion, and education this legislative session. So far, Delegate Delaney has passed eight bills through the House of Delegates.