Nonpayment of wages; cause of action, penalties. (HB123)

Introduced By

Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-Woodbridge) with support from co-patrons Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), and Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Nonpayment of wages; cause of action; penalties. Provides that an employee has a private cause of action against an employer who fails to pay wages to recover the amount of wages due plus interest at eight percent annually from the date the wages were due. If the court finds that the employer knowingly failed to pay wages to an employee, the court shall award the employee (i) reasonable attorney fees and other costs and (ii) an amount equal to triple the amount of wages due. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/16/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101396D
12/16/2019Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/14/2020Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #1
01/28/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/28/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (4-Y 3-N)
01/30/2020Committee substitute printed 20106941D-H1
01/30/2020Incorporates HB482 (Kory)
01/30/2020Reported from Labor and Commerce with substitute (10-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2020Read first time
02/04/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/04/2020Read second time
02/04/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106941D-H1
02/04/2020Amendment by Delegate Carroll Foy agreed to
02/04/2020Pending question ordered
02/04/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendment HB123EH1
02/04/2020Printed as engrossed 20106941D-EH1
02/05/2020Read third time and passed House (53-Y 44-N 1-A)
02/05/2020VOTE: Passage (53-Y 44-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Impact statement from VCSC (HB123)
02/06/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2020Impact statement from VCSC (HB123EH1)
02/06/2020Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/06/2020Impact statement from VCSC (HB123H1)
02/11/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB123EH1)
02/17/2020Reported from Commerce and Labor with amendment (12-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/25/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (14-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Committee substitute printed 20108922D-S1
02/26/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Read third time
02/27/2020Committee amendment rejected
02/27/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/27/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108922D-S1
02/27/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB123S1
02/27/2020Passed Senate with substitute (23-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Placed on Calendar
03/02/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB123S1)
03/02/2020Senate substitute agreed to by House 20108922D-S1 (51-Y 45-N 1-A)
03/02/2020VOTE: Adoption (51-Y 45-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB123ER)
03/05/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB123ER)
03/06/2020Signed by Speaker
03/06/2020Signed by President
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/08/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 868 (effective 7/1/20)
04/08/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0868)


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